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User Story Mad Libs

A quick team builder game


Summary

Mad Libs for those who are unfamiliar here is the Wiki definition:

“Mad Libs is a phrasal template word game where one player prompts others for a list of words to substitute for blanks in a story, before reading the – often comical or nonsensical – story aloud. The game is frequently played as a party game or as a pastime.”

Prep

  1. Create paragraph from the techniques you use to write your User Stories. My example is below
As a [person]

I want a [noun]

So that I can [verb] [adverb]



GIVEN I have a [noun]

WHEN I [verb] [adverb]

THEN I can [verb] better.

Acceptance Criteria
  1. I can [verb] when I [verb] on the [noun] 
  2. If I select the [noun] I am shown the [noun] 

 

2. Note the list of words you need to be filled in

Person x 1

Noun x 5

Verb x 5

Adverb x 2

 

Method

  1. Do not show your team the User Story paragraph as this gives the game away
  2. Ask each person in turn to name one of the lists of words
  3. Read aloud the finished story that you have all created together

Results

  • A lot of laughter
  • Team building from doing something silly and creative together – there are no wrong answers in this game!
  • Getting to know each other a bit more from what the first word that came into people’s heads

Extensions

In the future I would like to try using this to teach User Story writing or BDD scenarios. I think it could be a good tool to act as a template for a simple User Story and could help create a conversation over structure and language.

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