Creating a backlog of user stories is pretty straightforward but it doesn’t help you when it comes to decisions like what to build first, how to prioritize and groom the backlog, how to scope and plan a project, and how to visualize overall progress. This is a big challenge for many agile teams especially when beginning a project. To do this, we need more context.
Personas and story maps are tools that bring the user and their experience to life. They provide context for the work throughout the development stream. Personas generate and capture insight about the customers or users. Story maps are multi-dimensional representations of goals and activities that span the user’s experience from start to finish and become the source for our product backlog. Finer-grained user stories are born from the story map and retain context when flowing through development. This improves the value-based decision making of scoping, prioritizing, planning, and measuring progress through the entire development stream because we have context that ties back to users’ goals and experience.
The session will start with what personas are and how to create them. From there, we will explore the creation of story maps as a group through a real world example. In this collaborative session, attendees will learn new tools for generating a user-centered product roadmap that goes beyond the basic backlog and becomes a solid foundation during the inception of a project.