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… 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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Useful resources for user story mapping

Short intros It’s All in How You Slice – Design your project in working layers to avoid half-baked incremental releases – Jeff Patton, 2005, the first article, where it all begin, an eye opener, the essence in 6 pages, pdf The new user story backlog is a map – Jeff Patton, 2008, similar to the previous, 10 minute read Creating an Agile Road Map Using Story Mapping – Andrea Gigante, 2013, 10m read User stories and use cases – don’t use both! – Shane Hastie, Angela Wick, 2014, for those who worked with uses cases, 15m read Lean Startup + Story Mapping = Awesome Products Faster! – Brad Swanson, 2014,… Read More

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Comments on cards, Slack integration, Pin top level cards – What’s new in StoriesOnBoard – December 2015

We are pleased to announce a new release of StoriesOnBoard. This release is focused on collaboration with comments on cards and Slack integration among others. Discussion about cards with comments and mentions You can have short discussions on cards also with mentioning other collaborators. Line-breaks can be put with Shift+Enter. Collaborators with viewer role can also comment the cards if “Viewers can comment on cards” option is enabled in board settings. Mentioned collaborators will get a notification about the comment in email and also on the board. Integration with Slack, FlowDock or HipChat Your team can get notifications about changes on the board in Slack, FlowDock or HipChat. When the… Read More

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Setting up synchronization with Trello

In order to synchronization with Trello you need to set up a connection between your story map to a Trello board. You need to be a Story map Admin in StoriesOnBoard and a normal user on the Trello board you’d like to sync with. Connect your story map to a Trello board I assume that you already have a story map and a board and in Trello and lists are also defined on that board. Please create them if they are not exist yet. I’m using the MapShop sample map in this guide. In StoriesOnBoard open the story map and from there open Board settings On Tool integration tab select… Read More

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Setting up synchronization with Pivotal Tracker

In order to synchronization with Pivotal Tracker (PT) you need to set up a connection between your story map to a Pivotal Tracker project. You need to be a Story map Admin in StoriesOnBoard and a member or owner in the PT project you’d like to sync with. Connect your story map to a Pivotal Tracker project I assume that you already have a story map and a project in PT. Please create them if they are not exist yet. I’m using the MapShop sample map in this guide. In StoriesOnBoard open the story map and from there open Board settings On Tool integration tab select Pivotal Tracker and provide… Read More

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