User Story Map

Prioritizing a user story backlog helps agile teams understand what’s next, but it can often be difficult to situate ourselves properly—knowing where we are and the direction we should go. This can be especially challenging if we are joining a large project that is well underway—a project that already contains hundreds of stories.

User story maps solve a big problem in agile development–losing sight of the big picture. Done correctly, a story map keeps the user perspective in view. For dynamic, non-trivial projects, a user story map can be especially useful for managing the road map and story backlog. A user story map provides the means to arrange user stories into a readily understood model of system functionality. It’s also much easier to identify gaps and omissions in your backlog, and manage planning for wholistic releases that will deliver real value to users.