StoriesOnBoard - Azure DevOps Integration

10 benefits of synchronizing the story map to Azure DevOps or TFS

StoriesOnBoard is now integrated to Azure DevOps and TFS. I’m here to tell you ten mind-blowing benefits of using the integration. I’m sure they’ll make your day, whether or not you are a StoriesOnBoard user. So, follow this article to boost your day-to-day work and download our Product Owner’s cheat sheet. 1. Create and rearrange new work items effortlessly You can love or hate it (or perhaps both?), but most of us agree that planning and building a product backlog is painful in Azure DevOps. There is no good place to map the product when starting it from a scratch. Creating user stories is slow and rearranging the work items… Read More

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take collaboration to the next level

Take collaboration to the next level – release announcement July 2018

Let us introduce our latest StoriesOnBoard features: Workspace Visible Story Maps and Share Private Link. Both features help you work more collaboratively and expand the range of contributors. Workspace visible story maps This feature adds even more transparency to the workspace and boosts teamwork. By changing the story map visibility to workspace visible, the board immediately opens to all members. This feature allows members to view and comment (if enabled), saving you precious time. Use this feature rather than adding team members one-by-one to a new story map. This feature is not only a technical solution! Share projects among team members to: allow dev team members to leave useful comments… Read More

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Involve customers in product development using story maps

Involving customers in product development using story maps

Involving customers in product development is crucial to enhancing the customer experience and delivering an outstanding product. An internet search yields many great ideas, from collaboration and co-design to submission, but often product owners (PO) find it hard to turn suggestions into working solutions. Why? Because a good technique works only when you have an effective tool to implement it. Involving customers in the product story map User story maps are designed to build shared understanding via visuality and simplicity. This shared understanding is not only for dev teams; invite your customers to the product’s story map! By introducing the anatomy of your story map, everyone involved gains a clear… Read More

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status reports

Status reports, improved release management, JIRA and GitHub sync improvements

Impress your boss with the new status reports. Let us introduce the latest StoriesOnBoard release, with status reports, productivity features, and an improved JIRA integration and GitHub Issues. Which feature is your favorite? Leave us a comment below. Track Your Project Via Status Reports Get a quick overview of the current iteration with a single click. Save time on creating reports, get nice-looking charts directly from StoriesOnBoard. Status reports are synchronized and updated in real-time, you can impress your boss at any time. How to use? Here are some suggestions: check release progress at a glance continue release planning by highlighting unestimated cards start review process by selecting “ready” status… Read More

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How to visualize personas and journeys on a story map - StoriesOnBoard

How To Visualize Personas and Journeys – Tag, Like A Pro PART2

In the previous part, I wrote about how to label user stories with emoji icons to identify different tasks and priority levels. It’s just the top of the iceberg. The next awesome opportunity to use labels is visualizing buyer personas and journeys. In a user-centered world, you can’t miss the buyer persona out of the backlog. StoriesOnBoard offers a smart feature to create personas, add details and assign them to activities. We got user reviews about the feature and some of them say, it’s cool. BUT, we would assign personas directly to steps. Someone would differentiate sub-personas on the story map. Tag to visualize personas and journeys on a story… Read More

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How to label user stories - StoriesOnBoard

How To Label User Stories – Tag Like A Pro PART 1

Although card colors and also personas serve a great opportunity to add more visuality to your user stories, it’s often not enough. We got tons of requests on UserVoice to add colors, add secondary label options. StoriesOnBoard’s Support Team made up cool solutions for several questions. For example, how to visualize user journeys, sub-personas, how to add secondary or tertiary tags to cards. A few days ago, I did a great discovery. I updated an old story map and tried out ideas with Emoji icons. The result looked only funny but later found something useful in the Emoji library… What was that? Dots, squares, colored exclamation and question marks. And… Read More

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Prioritize user stories

Learn to prioritize user stories from UX designers

Struggle with prioritizing user stories? Prioritized but later you implemented further tasks? Don’t worry, maybe you have chosen the wrong method. Projects are different, hence you should tailor planning and development processes right to the product. I read an article about a UX designer’s goals and inspired me to transform the UX designer’s goals into a task prioritization solution. Follow us and learn to prioritize user stories like a UX designer. How to prioritize user stories? Having to say, one of the most frequent critics of the good old MoSCoW method that you have to set priority levels for every user story. But how can you declare relative priority on… Read More

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How to add personas to an existing story map

To be honest several story mappers use top-level cards as user card and visualize user steps on the second level. Can the persona feature help for those? The answer is definitely YES! So let’s go to create personas. Read more about creating personas here. How to transform? Let’s start with a good old example – the webshop. Our persona is a buyer, and his steps are the followings: Create the first persona, Harry. He’s a regular buyer, he takes the whole journey using the product. Add Harry to the top Now we won a level, but how to use this space? Try to group user steps into bigger activities: Why… Read More

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5 formatting tips for personas

Visualizing a persona helps to better understand target audience’s behaviors. Therefore using persona feature is highly recommended. To create useful persona cards you have to fill the details with valuable information. Read more about what’s on a persona card here. After gathering all important info try to organize them into a nice-looking sheet. Here are our tips for that: Try to use short names. It helps later on by arranging multiple personas on an activity card Use short definitions and unordered list by starting a row with “*” or “+” Separate categories using headings insert “#” or”##” before a category name. StoriesOnBoard will add a nice horizontal line for a… Read More

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What’s on a persona card?

Personas are fictional, generalized characters that encompass the various needs, goals, and observed behavior patterns. They help you understand your customers better and build more empathy. You probably heard this definition and if you created a persona, would realize how hard to define them. Follow us in this short reading to get tips where should you start. Standard data Every persona card starts with a fictional name and picture or avatar. This two basic detail helps to build up and keep the connection between stakeholders and the target audience. But that’s not all, you may add age, location, education to get to know personas better. Persona group or job role… Read More

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