Technical Excellence and Leadership Skills

TH13 Mapping the Story – Your Team's Guide to Creating a Product Backlog


1:15pm - 2:30pm

Level: Introductory

Sara Caldwell

Business Agility Coach

Angela Dugan

Cloud Solution Architecture Manager


Can you list all the States in the US? Sure, you can, you likely learned this in primary school. You travel, you stay informed, and the number of states has not changed in the past couple decades.

Now try listing the states...If you are like me, you list a handful quickly and then the time between adding new states starts to increase. Why is this?

Most humans, need a visual aid to help them place all the states, to help them remember, to help them draw connection.

So, you likely can't just rattle off all the states, not because you are inept...but because you are human and humans are visual creatures.

Join Sara Caldwell as she walks us through how to work with this common human limitation through Story Mapping.

Story Mapping is a technique created by Jeff Patton and can change the way you and your team look at your backlog. It takes your flat backlog and makes it more dynamic through storytelling. It syncs each outcome to a user story....they don't call them user stories for nothing.

You will learn:

  • Shared understanding of the business outcome the team is driving towards,
  • Shared understanding of how the team is going to work to accomplish the outcome(s),
  • An actionable release plan