User Story Template

User story use the following template:

AS A  (USER), I WANT (GOAL)   So THAT (VALUE)

This active voice description do great job in expalining the User, the purpose and the reason(value addition)for the user story.

Mike cohn discuss the advantage of templete in his blog – ADVANTAGES OF THE “AS A USER, I WANT” USER STORY TEMPLATE 

User Stories Driven Development

User stories driven development is great way to do agile development. No better way to get the User, Product owner, developers and QA getting engaged together into active conversation through out the development cycle. Though simple, the implementation for new organization can get really difficult. System, process and people doing traditional long detailed requirements docs driven development have to unlearn lot of old practices before adopting new agile concepts of User stories. Roles and  responsibilities of each stakeholders are always at conflict and development organizations  struggle to get it right the first time. My suggestion is get the Agile champion to infuse new agile ideas and concepts. 
Old timers will always oppose it. Product management will get their hands off from writing User stories which contain just enough details to initiate the conversation between team members. They will always crib about the time constraints. We can not blame them, as they have been trained in writing either detailed requirement docs or Use Cases behind closed doors before other team members actually get a chance see it. There are other practices which make proactive dialog between Agile team memebrs difficult. Developers have ego,  they think they can read any requirement doc and craft it into a product. QA will always test and break what developer has implemented. Real user requirements are lost in this cycle because therir is npo active feedback loop keeing them on track. Finally user get a system as per the stated requirements but not what they wanted. 
Mike Cohn’s book on User story driven development is is great read.