User story mapping


(Philip Durbin) #1

I just read http://jpattonassociates.com/the-new-backlog/ and noticed that there’s a book on user story mapping by the same author, Jeff Patton: https://www.amazon.com/User-Story-Mapping-Discover-Product/dp/1491904909/ . I’ll probably listen to this podcast episode on the topic: http://talkingcode.com/podcast/episode-14-jeff-patton/

To give you something visual, here’s the “Story Map Concepts” page from http://jpattonassociates.com/story-mapping-quick-ref/ which i linked from the list of resources at http://jpattonassociates.com/user-story-mapping/

What do you think? Do you have experience with user story mapping? Do you recommend it? Thanks!


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(Jdittrich) #2

I used it.

Precondition:

  • It needs to be relatively clear how a user need is going to be addressed, so the activities are not like “identify in a secure way” or “write on invoice” but “provide password” and “write an invoice via mail”
  • You need lots of space

Pro:

  • very useful to get common alignment
  • transparent display of how activities and details and slices are connected

Contra:

  • As said in “precondition”, the technology/approach needs to be clear. This is because the method does not provide a help for transitioning between user goal/persona (technology agnostic) and activities that are concerned with technology and approach. The method can give the false impression that it does provide a transition there but it needs to be done elsewhere.

(Jdittrich) #3

Something I like to try is Impact Mapping which seems to work on it’s own but also together with story mapping.


(Johannes Landstorfer) #4

@jdittrich do you find the Goal - Task - Activity model by Cooper (as in his book “About Face”) helpful to get from larger goals down to (also technology related/dependent) activities? Maybe it fills the gap here?


(Jdittrich) #5

Yes, that would be a way which is also similar to what Impact mapping tries. I find it a bit difficult that it assumes a hierarchical relationship between these, but it goes into the right direction.