Simone Carvalho speaking in front of a group at the 2024 Nonprofit Technology Conference wearing a flowered dress.

#24NTC | Unlocking better technology collaborations through user stories

Simone Carvalho smiling in a blue shirt with white polka dots against a green leafy backgroundCommunication in any relationship can be challenging, and nonprofit technology projects are no different. Has your organization struggled to articulate your fundraising, grant management, program, or other business needs to the technical teams helping configure your software?

At the 2024 Nonprofit Technology Conference hosted by NTEN in Portland, OR, Skeleton Key Principal Consultant Simone Carvalho led an interactive workshop to help participants unlock the power of user stories. This hands-on workshop was designed to empower nonprofit staff to craft clear, informative user stories that help translate business needs into technology solutions.

With user stories, nonprofit staff can effectively communicate their requirements to tech teams, prioritize features, and align project outcomes with your goals. This practice helps business teams clarify their real-world business needs, rather than recreating legacy processes and preferences. It also builds “connective tissue” with tech teams by fostering collaboration and ensuring your technical solutions are tailored to your organization’s key requirements.

Through practical exercises, real-world examples, and expert guidance, you’ll leave this workshop equipped with the knowledge and confidence to leverage user stories as a valuable tool for project success and mission impact within your organization.

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