The Story Mapping board offers you a comprehensive visual tool to analyze, brainstorm and breakdown your user’s journey in a specific workflow of their regular work, starting with high-level steps down to the lowest level tasks they must be able to accomplish using your product. Inspired by Jeff Patton’s famous model, Story Mapping helps you analyze, visualize, breakdown and communicate the end-to-end user journey from the big picture (typically captured in themes or epics) to actionable steps (typically user stories).
These user stories can then be associated with your product development plan, by associating them to specific Releases (or PIs) and Sprints of your development plan.
With Story Mapping, you can clearly identify the specific sets of users (personas) who will interact with your product and define the specific tasks and activities that they will perform using the product. This helps you establish persona-specific functional and non-functional requirements of the system accurately. Personas are linked to the second level steps such as Epics.
Once you have fully built out your Story Map, and your Release/ Sprint plan, it’s easy to simply drag and drop related sets of user stories against specific Sprints and associated Release/ PI. Communicate your Release Plan effortlessly with your stakeholders and customers!
If you are using multiple Kanban Boards to manage upstream and downstream processes of your overall product development, where you might have some cards (themes and epics) in a higher level roadmap board – while user stories get managed and developed in a dev board, you can build a multi-board Story Map that pulls the cards in the story map from the right board to give you a complete picture of your users’ journeys!
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