User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product

byJeff Patton
Rating 7.5 /10 Readability
Read Time 8 hrs Readible On
Published: 2014Read: June 21, 2015Pages: 324
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by Juvoni Beckford@juvoni

User Story Mapping is mapping of your user's journey while building your product, so you can better see the story through the user's eyes. It's about crafting the right experience. Patton prompts you to focus on three questions: Does the problem really exist? What are your desired outcomes? Do the people building the solution know why? This will get you a lean product that actually solves your user's pain points. The book is well illustrated and does a deep dive into agile development and product management .

Motivations to Read

User Stories are a core part of agile software development. They explain how the user interacts with a particular feature. I want to get better at writing user stories and organizing them in a way to tell the story of a user's journey through a product experience. I also plan to work on some side projects and want to organize my time efficiently with an effective use of user stories.

3 Reasons to Read

  • Learn about User Story Mapping
  • Learn how it can help keep your team stay focused on users and their experience throughout the development process
  • Build better products that delight users. Great for PM's, Marketers, Management and Engineers.

Notable Quotes

“Your job isn’t to build more software faster: it’s to maximize the outcome and impact you get from what you choose to build.” - Jeff Patton

“Half a baked cake may not be enough to feed a wedding party, but it’s enough to taste and leave everyone looking forward to the rest of the cake.” - Jeff Patton

“Prioritize specific business goals, customers, and users, and then their goals, before prioritizing features.” - Jeff Patton

“The way you approach a big software cake is to break it down into lots of little cupcakes.” - Jeff Patton

Notes for this book are still being transcribed.
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posted June 5, 2016

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