Why Map User Stories; How to Map User Stories

In ideal Agile, development teams build small valuable chunks of functionality. But, that’s easier said than done. Not all products or features are small and breaking them down into small build-able parts is challenging. And, even when you do break them down, how do the people building those small parts not lose sight of the big picture?

Story mapping is a simple practice for telling the story of a whole product or feature starting by telling the stories of the users who’ll use it.

What You’ll Learn

In this fast-paced workshop, you’ll learn the concepts of story mapping. You’ll learn advanced techniques for slicing a map to find small viable product releases, and then how to build your product using smaller stories without losing sight of the big picture. Learn more about building shared understanding and why it is imperative for your success.

Release Date: Monday December 8 2014 | Video Length: 00:49:57

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Jeff Patton gave this at the 2014 Annual YOW! Conference. The annual YOW! Conferences and Workshops bring international software experts to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. YOW! has been rated Australia’s top tech event by attendees and a top global tech conference by our speakers. Organised by Developers for Developers no other event provides the technical breadth and depth with 3 keynotes and 36 invited talks in 3 tracks plus invited workshops. The conferences provide fast paced, in-depth coverage of emerging technology, tools and practices.


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Download an Article

How you slice it article thumbnailThis old article, How You Slice it, was Jeff Patton’s very first article on the idea – even before it was called Story Mapping.

This slightly newer article takes another run at it describing Story Mapping simply.

 Download a Quick Reference

story map concepts quickref thumbJeff has built some simple quick references he uses in classes and workshops.

Take a look at the Story Mapping Quick Reference, and at the User Story Quick Reference.

And, get in touch…

If you’ve got questions on story mapping, Jeff would love to hear from you. Please get in touch.

And, of course Jeff can help your company by teaching classes, facilitating workshops, and helping you adopt Story Mapping as part of a more holistic product design process.