User stories

The best way to think about negotiating requirements for new features is by working with user stories on a user story map. In Delibr, there is a special bullet type for user stories. These bullets work as normal bullets, but also show up if you add a user story map.

Get going with user stories

Express your features as a set of user stories. That way, you can get different parts of team & stakeholders on the same page and avoid painful handovers. Everyone can relate to a story from a user.

The fastest way to access user stories is to press "ctrl + u" when you are on a bullet that you want to turn into a user story. You can also use press the hamburger menu on any bullet, go to "Change type", and then select "User story". 

Set up and your story map

Put your user stories on a story map so that you can work from a joint overview to find the most valuable slice of the feature. 

To add a user story map, you can use the /-menu, simply type "/" and start typing "user story map" to get the option. Also, if you are on a template with a snippet for user story map, you can add it from there.

When you first create the story map, it has generic step and release names. To adapt them to your situation, simply click the cogwheel icon. There you can also set where in your document user stories that are created from the story map will be placed.
Once you have set it up, you can find any user story bullets on the user story map (or to the left of it, if they are yet to be assigned step and release). 

Zoom out, go deep, then zoom out again

Go back-and-forth between story map and user stories think both high-level picture and capture the conversation about each user story. 
Click user story on the story map to jump to that bullet to add relevant details, and then jump back.

When ready, send stories to Jira

When you have refined the user stories of a release to the point when they are to go into Jira, just click the ...-menu on the release in the user story map, and then send them to Jira. Before you do this, we recommend you link the entire document to an epic in Jira, that way all the stories will be linked to that epic. You can do this by placing the cursor on the title row of the document and pressing "ctrl + j".

To learn more about user story maps, read the book

The way we built the user story mapping feature was heavily influenced by the thinking of Jeff Patton. To get the full story on how to best work with user story maps, we suggest you get his book and read up on it: User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product.


This article was written as part of our upcoming Product Hunt launch.

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