This workshop is a crash course in how to use user story mapping as a tool for scoping and prioritising a product backlog with the product owner.
It’ll be a hands-on, interactive session for anyone who’s interested in different ways of exploring backlogs with clients.
Frances ran a really fun and engaging workshop on user story mapping. The group were split into 3 groups and were tasked with story mapping different parts of the day from waking up to getting to work, from getting to work and then getting home after work to bed.
They were given a short back story of the user, the user being someone who had a heavy night and therefore the goal for the user was to do as little as possible.
Frances started off by explaining the different steps involved in creating a story map.
For this activity Frances gave the following example to explain the difference between an activity, task and user story.
Activity = Getting clean
Task = Clean teeth
User story = As a user I want to floss, so that I can protect my teeth
The groups were then stepped through the following steps:
There was lots of laughter as people started writing user tasks. Yes, that reads ‘Open Wine’!
Some challenging conversations were had when at the end of the session teams had to run through their section of the day and justify their decisions. A few times being called out by other groups because the goal could be met without undertaking that task.
From a show of hands at the start, very few people had come into contact with user story mapping and by the end of the session people left visibly empowered to give it a try with clients and felt equipped to personally “sell” the benefits in their workplace.
Many were keen to get hold of Jeff Patton’s book User Story Mapping and even give it a go back in the office with a real product!
Further Reading & Slides