User Story Mapping
By Jeff Patton
The Big Picture
Plan to Build Less
Plan to Learn Faster
Plan to Finish on Time
You Already Know How
The Real Story About Stories
Telling Better Stories
It’s Not All on the Card
The Card Is Just the Beginning
Bake Stories Like Cake
Start with Opportunities
Using Discovery to Build Shared Understanding
Using Discovery for Validated Learning
Refine, Define, and Build
Stories Are Actually Like Asteroids
Learn from Everything You Build
First off, I am definitely not the book’s target audience. The book states it is for product managers and user experience practitioners, product owners, business analysts, and project managers, or agile and lean process coaches. So that being said, I still think that user stories are important and I was hoping to learn something about improving them and using them for my job as a software developer and consultant.
As far as a book on user story mapping, this book is well-written, the author seems to have a lot of experience, and the book is written with humor.
However, for my own use, I don’t think I will realistically be employing any of these techniques as they are a bit involved and over the top. Clearly the techniques in the book are written for people for whom user story mapping is a full time job. No one else would ever have the time to devote to all of this. Again, I wasn’t the target audience and that’s my own fault, however there wasn’t really anything I could glean and apply to myself, unfortunately.