Mudassir Iqbal

In the context of Agile methodology, a story map or user story mapping is a visual representation of user stories or product features arranged in a hierarchical or chronological order. It helps agile teams to plan and prioritize their work by providing a high-level overview of the product’s functionality and user journeys.

Think of it as laying down all the bricks in perfect piles for each wall, making it easier to know which brick needs to go first to build an ideal wall based on an architect’s drawing.

User Story and User Story Mapping/Story Map

User story mapping utilises the concept of user stories — which articulate requirements from the perspective of user value — to validate and develop a shared understanding of the steps required to create a product that users adore. Here teams compose user stories in a format that captures business value and can be accomplished within a development sprint

The Purpose

The purpose of the story map is to visualize where the user stories/features fit along the entire user journey, giving clarity on dependency, value, and experience. It helps in identifying the minimum viable product (MVP) and creating a product backlog. By organizing the user stories in a logical sequence, the team can prioritize the most critical features and plan iterations or sprints accordingly.

Backlog vs Story Map

Example of the Story map

User story mapping puts the focus on the user, ensuring that the backlog contains stories that add real value to the customer by helping them achieve their goals.

Further Readings

The Ultimate Guide to User Story Mapping [2023 Guide] | Easy Agile

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