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Agile User Story Mapping Tool

Manage product backlog with ease.

User Story Map

Build Product Backlog with Story Mapping

User story mapping provides a visually structured approach for agile teams to manage product backlog. The visual story map enables the arrangement of product backbone, user tasks, epics and user stories effectively into a manageable top-down structure, based on the nature, priority and level of sophistication of map items.

The story mapping tool of Visual Paradigm is designed for maximizing your productivity and efficiency. When you drag an item, we help you move the entire branch and update the layout accordingly. When you add an item to the middle of the story map, we will move the other part of the map to ensure the correctness of map content. Moreover, the highly configurable story map allows you to adopt a 3 or 4 level structure that work best for your project. It's intuitive, easy-to-use and yet powerful!

Great features for effective product backlog management:

User activities, tasks and stories

Break-down a product backlog into manageable story map elements. The standard 3-level structuring covers user activities, user tasks and user stories.

The Epics

The 4-level story map introduces an Epics tier in between user tasks and user stories, which is good for projects with higher complexity.

Release management

User stories can be further grouped into releases, which reflects a delivery schedule agreed upon by the team and stakeholder.

Advanced drag-and-drop

Elements in a story map can be re-arranged by dragging. And when you drag, the entire branch of elements will follow. Prioritization and re-arrangement of stories can be made intuitively and easily.

Inline editing

All elements can be renamed inline. You don't need go through any further windows or steps.

Click-to-add elements

To add a user story under a user task, or to add a sibling of user activity can both be done with a single click. The ad-hoc hovering button allows adding story map elements intuitively.

Empowered User Stories *

Card, Conversation and Confirmation, namely the 3C's, are known to be the three critical components of good user stories. With Visual Paradigm, you can write user stories following the 3C's guideline, plus something more.

User Story 3C's - Conversation notes

Conversation notes

Discuss problems and find solutions with stakeholders, and then write down key finding and decisions as conversation notes. These notes reflect stakeholders' needs and concerns, providing development team with guidelines to follow when implementing the software.

User Story 3C's - Confirmation items

Confirmation items

Maintain a checklist of acceptance criteria raised by the stakeholders, which defines under what conditions and criteria the working software would be accepted or rejected.

Besides, you can optionally define the steps with which acceptance testing will be performed in verifying the completion of story.

Besides the 3C's, you can also enrich your user stories by incorporating the elements below.
User Story - Written Scenario

Written Scenario

Describe how features will work by listing out the proposed user-to-system interactions as steps. You can also associate the steps with wireframes.

User Story - Storyboard

Storyboard

Create wireframes to visualize the screen layout and screen flow. We provide the wireframe tool, storyboard tool and slideshow player essential in storyboarding.

User Story - Diagrams

Diagrams

Link user stories with other design artifacts - e.g. ERD for database design, UML for system design, BPMN to show how system functionality will be integrated into business operations.

and a bit more:

Tag

Categorize user stories by tags.

History

Keep log for all changes made to user stories.

Configurable Status

Configure the user story statuses (e.g. Todo, Pending, Confirming, etc) required for specific project.

Assignee

Set the team member who are responsible to the user story.

Followers

Want to be informed about changes made to a user story? Just follow it.

Description

Document the details of user stories with the description editor.

URL reference

Add URL reference to a user story. Example usage: The testing page for acceptance testing of story.

File reference

Add supplementary files to a user story through the file reference feature.

Share-able

Share a user story with someone by sending him a URL of the user story.

Extract requirements from model

Identify requirements from any part of your model, through the "Send to" feature. Example usage: To derive backbone elements to use in a story map from each of the use cases in the use case model. We also help you maintain the traceability between the source and target. You can easily navigate through the model and the story map.

Extract requirements from model

Estimate user stories based on effort and risks

To include the right amount of work in a sprint is beneficial to both the project team and to end user. Two important factors to consider when choosing the right user stories are the development effort required and the risk involved.

Visual Paradigm provides you with a configurable column based or two-dimensional Affinity Table to assess and compare between user stories based on their effort and risk. Through an affinity assessment, you will obtain the story points and hours for user stories, which can be used in sprint planning.

Estimate user stories based on effort and risks
Highlighted features of the Affinity Table:

Effort and risk assessment

Assess and place the user stories onto the table cells that represent their development effort and risk involved. Obtain both hour and story point for sprint planning.

Customizable table

You can assess stories based upon any factors you like by changing the captions for table axis. You can also change the number of rows and columns of table to fit your need.

Filter

Want to focus on user stories in particular user activity, task, release or tag(s)? The filter is there to help.

Effective sprint management

In scrum, a sprint is a time-boxed iteration during which planned work is completed and made ready for acceptance. The sprint management interface facilitates efficient sprint planning through dragging user stories into sprint boxes. It also supports scrum master in managing multiple sprints.

Effective sprint management

Gain an overview of user stories' status

Keep an eye on the sprint's progress with the help of the Sprint Task Board. The big board consists of user stories placed in different columns representing the progress status. You can view and update the progress of stories by drag-and-drop around the staged columns.

Task management integration

Click-to-synchronize the entire sprint to Tasifier (a Task Management tool). We help you create the tasks from user stories so that further development activities can be planned under a dedicated task management platform.

Identify right stories - 'As a_, I want to_, so that_'

User story statements is a list of simple description of features told from the perspective of end users who desires the new capability with a good reason behind it. You can write user story statements under an Epic, and split it into a set of related user stories.

Map BPMN with User Stories #

Provided that a software system is built to support business processes, business workflow could be a great source of requirements. Visual Paradigm facilitates the process of story identification through BPMN - Write user stories in a BPMN business process diagram, and then associate them with the related BPMN activity with connectors.

Map BPMN with User Stories

* The support of writing user's story with 3C's is available in Visual Paradigm Standard, Professional and Enterprise. The support of user story mapping, story estimation and sprint is available in Visual Paradigm Professional and Enterprise.

# User story and business process mapping is available in Visual Paradigm Standard, Professional and Enterprise.

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