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User Story Mapping is a concept of visualization of all the tasks user completes when using a product. It's also a way to arrange user stories to create a customer's journey while using the product. It consists of goals, tasks, and activities ordered in chronological order concerning the overall product workflow.

During the decomposition of such a journey into user stories, team members collaborate and brainstorm to cover each step in the user journey, every single activity. As an outcome of such an exercise, we can end up with a user story map. This backlog is intuitive to the whole team without extensive lecturing about the particular feature or app flow.

User Story Mapping template in Whiteboard.io

Using the User Story Map template

To add the USM template click the “Insert template” button on the left toolbar and select template “User Story Map”.

Animation presenting how to insert the User Story Map template

The User Story Map component keeps all cards in a convenient table layout. Every time you put something on the table it gets resized to fit into the layout. You can put cards, images, videos, and any other kind of content there.

Working with columns

Each column in the User Story Map represents an action (step) users need to take to achieve their goals. You can insert new columns and change their order as shown in the animation below.

Animation presenting how to insert and reorder columns

Managing releases

Product releases (or versions) are represented as horizontal swimlanes on the User Story Map table. You can add/remove or move around swimlanes as needed with the swimlane context menu.

Animation presenting how to add a new swimlane and add cards to it

Request for feedback

The User Story Mapping template is a new functionality that the Whiteboards team is very excited about. Feel free to share what you think about it so that we can improve it further!

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