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Exploring User Wish through Mindmapping


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Using Mindmapping to explore user with and find use cases, or user stories.

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Exploring User Wish through Mindmapping

  1. 1. Exploring User Wish through Mind MappingMind map by Michal Splho Kenji HIRANABE Seeing is understanding.
  2. 2. Objectives • To understand what is Mind Mapping and how software development can benefit from it. • To experience how to use Mind Maps to explore user wish and carve out UseCases or User Stories.2 Seeing is understanding.
  3. 3. Agenda • Self-introduction • What is a Mind Map and Why • Exploring User Wish using Mind Mapping • Demonstration • Conclusion3 Seeing is understanding.
  4. 4. Father and Grandfather of Scrum
  5. 5. Kenji HIRANABE(1/2) • (co-)Translator of … C++ book XP/ Agile books • (co-)Author of … OO, UML books Mind Map book• 2008 Gordon Pask Award Recipient for Contributions to Agile practice7 Seeing is understanding.
  6. 6. Kenji HIRANABE(2/2)• CEO of• astah – UML editor (formerly known as “JUDE”) – With Mind Map, ERD – http://astah. net/8 Seeing is understanding.
  7. 7. Mind Map • Tony Buzan • Graphical note technique • Visualize thoughts with a radiant structure – Keyword Oriented – Loose syntax and semantics – Fast and Easy – High level View – Evocative – Explore and Gather Ideas9 Seeing is understanding.
  8. 8. 10 Seeing is understanding. da Vinci uses Pictures and Words at the same time
  9. 9. Mind map by Michal Splho
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  11. 11. Mind Mapping • Examples …14 Seeing is understanding.
  12. 12. 15 Seeing isKent Beck’s XP 2nd understanding.
  13. 13. Seminar Ideas
  14. 14. Project Christmas Planning
  15. 15. Meeting Minutes Template
  16. 16. Guitar Chord Diagram
  17. 17. Mastering the Requirements Process by Suzanne and James Robertson, 1999.20 Seeing is understanding.
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  19. 19. Ice Breaker STEP 1: • Self-introduction Mind Map • Central Image – Your name and your Icon • BOI’s may be, but not have to be; – Why ? (you come here) – What ? (do you do) – Favorites • Leave the other side of the card blank !22 Seeing is understanding.
  20. 20. Ice Breaker STEP 2: • Your Name and Icon (again) in the lower half of the back side.23 Seeing is understanding.
  21. 21. STEP 3:24 Seeing is understanding.
  22. 22. User Stories: Ron Jeffries’ 3 Cs • Card – Written on note cards. – Cards may be annotated with estimates, notes, etc. • Conversation – Details behind the story come out during conversation with customer • Confirm – Acceptance tests confirm the story was coded correctly25 Seeing is understanding.
  23. 23. User Stories: Mike Cohn • Shift focus from writing to talking • Metaphor of Trawling (by Suzanne and James Robertson) – Requirements can be captured with different sized nets – Requirements change, mature, possibly die – Skill is a factor • Avoid “The user”, find “Roles” • In order to <benefit>, as a <role>, I want to <story>.26 Seeing is understanding.
  24. 24. Why Mind Map and User Stories Fit ? • Shift focus from writing to talking • Trawl requirements with coarse sized net first • Capture Emotion, Use your right brain ! Colors, and Pictures ! – To fully utilize broadband communication and preserve it in your brain, as the same time, keep it into a mind map as a memento of the situation. In the future conversation, you can use it to resume the context back.27 Seeing is understanding.
  25. 25. User Wish Mind Map • The first step of getting what you want. • Get the Big Picture. • Who? first. • Semi-structured. • Gather info and mine UseCases/User Stories.28 Seeing is understanding.
  26. 26. Demonstration • City Library System Interview… – I will visit my client at a city library – And Using mindmapping, I interview to gather user wish. – Bit goes like …(have fun)29 Seeing is understanding.
  27. 27. Library Interview Mind Map30 Seeing is understanding.
  28. 28. UseCase Diagram31 Seeing is understanding.
  29. 29. User Stories Mind Map32 Seeing is understanding.
  30. 30. User Stories Spreadsheet33 Also to PowerPoint! Seeing is understanding.
  31. 31. The big picture of this presentation User Wish User Wish Why? Why? Big Picture Mind Map Who? Who? Big Picture Mind Map value role When? When? User Stories/ Use Cases User Stories/ Use Cases Estimate, Plan, Prioritize, Test34 Seeing is understanding.
  32. 32. Conclusion • Mind Mapping is effective when – Gathering Information – Exploring topics freely • User interview with Mind Mapping – Is Semi-structured – Gives a high-level view of user wish – Creates a big picture of the user wish from which you can carve out good use cases or user stories. • Why, Who, When are good input to user stories.35 Seeing is understanding.
  33. 33. article “Agile Modeling with Mind Map and UML”Search: stickyminds Kenji HIRANABE36 Seeing is understanding.
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  35. 35. Thank you, Agile New England!• Make your software development more collaborative, productive and FUN!• Whitepaper available. zen-and-the-art-of-user-requirements.pdf• Visit for the free version.38 Seeing is understanding.