User Story mapping

I love the story mapping idea, although it’s probably not the best name for it. After all, it is a technique best used when all you have for each requirement is a few words on a sticky note, but no properly-drafted INVEST-spec user stories.
Why do I love it so much? Because it is the best way I know of to define the breadth of your requirements and do some high-level prioritisation before putting those requirements into the accepted user story format. The picture at the head of this post is one I took after a session gathering requirements for a Claims project. It was a very rewarding day and convinced the sceptical business people that we really did have their interests at heart.

Here is Jeff Patton’s definitive article on the subject. I urge you to read it and put it into practice whenever it is suitable.

About aterny

Agile enthusiast and evangelist, DSDM practitioner, trainer and coach. Specialist in Agile project and programme management, governance and organisational transformation
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