Lourenço uses a very interesting method to write the stories of a feature. He named it the onion method.

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Basically he writes at the top of the canvas the name of the feature, theme, or epic. Then he puts in the center the most basic story; that simpliest that can be coded with hardcoded values. For example unauthorized login (hardcoded; the login always fails)

Then he draws a layer and asks the participants what are the next set of stories increasing the core of the onion. Sample stories for that layer would be: userID validation according to DB registered usrs. User validation with userID and password. Only IP addresses within the authorized range.

Then he creates a new layer and repeat the question. Other sample stories : Password reset. Sending e-mail with a link to reset password. Advanced data security logging.
Below is an illustrative photo of the method.

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