What are user stories?
A single user story is an informal statement from an end user’s perspective that shows what the client needs. A user story acts as a bridge between client requirements and business values. A user story map connects multiple user stories to give a comprehensive roadmap to the product team and help them visualize what needs to be done.
Why should I use the user story mapping template?
User story maps can create a significant difference in a team’s productivity and help with sprint planning. They keep your team motivated and encourage members to come up with innovative solutions.
Some prominent advantages of user story mapping are it:
- Focuses on the end-user
- Allows effective project management
- Improves customer satisfaction
- Brings everyone on the same page
Writing an effective user story
Any good user story will answer these essential questions about any task.
- Who is it for?
- What needs to be done?
- Why is it important?
Most user stories (almost 70%) have the following pattern:
As a [role] (Who), I want to [action] (What). So that [benefit] (Why)
Notice how this pattern has the following qualities
- It is short and concise
- It has a clear definition of done
- It uses personas to understand the end user’s position