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What is a user story?

A user story is a short description of a requirement for the product (i.e. the website or application), written from an end-user perspective and focusing on the value the user would gain.

A common format for a story is like this:

As a <type of user>, I want <some goal> so that <some reason>.

At first stories are often coarse-grained, large or not well-defined (these are known as Epics). Such Epics are discussed during a backlog refinement session, with the goal of breaking them down into smaller, more well-defined user stories.

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