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Acceptance Criteria Vs Scenarios - Writing Better User Stories with Rommana ALM

Speaker: Magdy Hanna
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For many years, project teams used user stories to describe functionality in agile projects. It is well established fact among agile teams that user stories in their standard format do not provide much details for developers to build the functionality or for tester to make sure the functionality is working as intended. To overcome the brevity of user stories, project teams sometimes use acceptance criteria to add more details to a user story and to establish the boundaries of a user story. Another approach that has proven to achieve good results is to write scenarios for user stories. In this webinar, Dr. Hanna will share his experience using both acceptance criteria and scenarios. More specifically, Dr. Hanna will discuss the following:

  • User stories downsides
  • The difference between acceptance criteria and scenarios
  • How to use one or the other or both
  • How derive tests from scenarios
  • How Rommana ALM supports both acceptance criteria and scenarios

Speaker Biography:

speaker Magdy Hanna is a recognized educator, speaker and consultant in several areas of software engineering. His distinguished seminars on various topics have been highly rated by software professionals. His experience with software goes back to the mid 1970's. Over the last thirty-five years, Dr. Hanna has worked in all aspects and capacities of software projects and processes. He has trained over 50,000 professionals around the world over the last 20 years. His passion and enthusiasm for testing, process improvement, and software engineering are contagious.

Dr. Hanna is Founder, CEO, and Chairman of several organizations:

  • International Institute for Software Testing (, leading educational and professional development organization that provides education-based certifications to software test and quality professionals around the world. Dr. Hanna serves as the Chairman of Advisory Board for the Certified Software Test Professional (CSTP) and the Certified Test Manager (CTM) credentials.
  • International Institute for Software Process (, leading professional development organization that provides education-based certifications to software process improvement professionals around the world. Dr. Hanna serves as the Chairman of Advisory Board for the International Software Process Improvement Certification (ISPIC).
  • International Conference on Practical Software Quality and Testing, (
  • International Conference on Software Process Improvement, (
  • RommanaTM Software ( In this role, he is the Chief Architect of an Integrated Software Lifecycle Management System.

Dr. Hanna also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Software Test Professionals, a publication of the International Institute for Software Testing, now the Bug Free Zone ( As a professor of Software Engineering at the University of St. Thomas , he taught graduate courses on several software engineering topics with emphasis on practical software quality techniques. Dr. Hanna consults with companies to define and improve their software processes using disciplined software engineering approaches.

Dr. Hanna developed new approaches and methods in software engineering including the Scenario-Based Development and Testing (SBDT), Requirement-Based Project Management (RBPM), Software Quality Engineering Methodology (SQEngineer), the Unified Data Model (UDM), and the Data-Driven Object Model ( DOM ). Dr. Hanna and his instructors conduct hundreds of free online webinars each year.

Dr. Hanna holds a Ph.D. and a Masters Degree in Computer and Information Sciences form the University of Minnesota