A while ago, Brian wrote this great article:
The article features a simple spreadsheet, the Coinbase Decision Making Template.
We really like the template, and modified it just a little bit for our purposes: we added a user story field. While this may seem like a very small change, we feel strongly about it because in our experience, the failure quote of projects without a user story is very close to 100%. Our user stories use this template from Mike Cohn:
As a [role], I want to [capability], so that I can [benefit].
We’ve learned that “role” is very important, and that just saying “user of our software” as a role is a form of cowardice.
So, here is our sheet (-> save to Google Drive -> File -> Make a copy):
If you prefer Excel over Google Sheets, here you go (-> Save as -> Download a copy) :
We hope you like the sheet. And Brian, let us know when you come to Munich, so we can buy you lunch.