User Story Map

So, your team has a HUGE backlog!  Likely hundreds of items on it, or maybe less, but each item is BIG.  How do you go about seeing the forest through the trees?  And, how do you make decisions like:

  • What should we build first?
  • What is in scope and out of scope?
  • How should we plan all this work?
  • How does this one piece fit in with all the others?
  • How can we visualize progress against the user workflow and user context?

User Story Mapping helps simplify all of this, see a contextual view of the backlog, find requirements gaps and make better decisions about what to build and in what priority order.