User Story Mapping
Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2014
Pages: 324

User story mapping is a valuable tool for software development, once you understand why and how to use it. This insightful book examines how this often misunderstood technique can help your team stay focused on users and their needs without getting lost in the enthusiasm for individual product features.

Author Jeff Patton shows you how changeable story maps enable your team to hold better conversations about the project throughout the development process. Your team will learn to come away with a shared understanding of what you’re attempting to build and why.

  • Get a high-level view of story mapping, with an exercise to learn key concepts quickly
  • Understand how stories really work, and how they come to life in Agile and Lean projects
  • Dive into a story’s lifecycle, starting with opportunities and moving deeper into discovery
  • Prepare your stories, pay attention while they’re built, and learn from those you convert to working software
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5.0

A must read for anyone serious about Agile Product Dev

By Sylvain

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    Comments about oreilly User Story Mapping:

    The book is well structured and filled with real-life examples. That makes it great to understand the concepts and get armed to start applying them in the reader's own context.
    It is also a very good refresher for experienced Agile practitioners.

     
    5.0

    An essential book for any Product Designer

    By Mike

    from Toronto

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      Comments about oreilly User Story Mapping:

      The book has been a revelation for me and the missing piece of creating software in a leans and agile manner. The first two chapters are worth the price of admission alone. It's a deep dive into story mapping and may overwhelm at first but I encourage anyone to start applying it because that is the best way to learn.

      I also love the writing style as I find it a good balance between casual and concise.

       
      5.0

      The book you need to fix your biggest problem with Agile

      By Old Dog Agilist

      from Las Vegas, NV

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        Comments about oreilly User Story Mapping:

        Your stories are broken.

        I know that's a bold statement and there is *some* chance that I am wrong in your case... but the fact is most teams write their stories wrong. I say this having been an executive, developer, and consultant with agile presses since 1999.

        Jeff Patton's book will be a revelation for 99% of those doing agile. For the first time you will learn what stories really are, what you've been writing them wrong, and how to put them in the correct context for maximum success. This will be enlightening for the beginning to intermediate reader. For the more experienced, such as myself, you are sure to learn (or be reminded of) countless tips for building better stories.

        If you want to be successful with agile then BUY THIS BOOK.

         
        4.0

        Not just for progarmmers

        By Hal Smith

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            Comments about oreilly User Story Mapping:

            This is one of the few techniques from Software Development that can be applied many other places as well.

            It could be used to clarify the situation in Syria, for example - by listing all the events, and all the actors, that have been there, perhaps starting in 1980. This has to be done before any peace conference can be effective.

             
            5.0

            Interesting and helpful

            By Craig

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              Comments about oreilly User Story Mapping:

              This book was a surprise. It describes a easy to use process to enable the discovery of user needs in a way that provides developers with a fuller understanding of what the software needs to accomplish instead of what features the software needs to provide. The book is well-written and the author provides examples and explanations that supplement and support his ideas.

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Thoroughly recommended. Go buy it for your team today.

              By Adrian Howard

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                  Comments about oreilly User Story Mapping:

                  This is a bigger book than the title suggests. Jeff Patton has managed to pack three separate really good books into the 324 pages of his "User Story Mapping".

                  Most obviously, it's an excellent book on User Story Mapping. For me it's one of the core practices I use during agile & lean product delivery. It's useful during discovery & development — and Jeff covers both those cases with several real world examples to help drive the value of the practice home.

                  It's also an excellent book on user stories. I've seen far too many people create bad user stories by misunderstanding their intent, slavishly using templates, or misunderstanding how the team can use them as a tool to explore risk and scope. The book covers all these issues and more — giving a fantastic overview on how to work productively with stories.

                  Finally it's a book on product management in an agile world. The conversations about user stories and user story mapping all take place in the wider context of how to do effective product discovery and development in an agile and lean environment. How they can be used to discover opportunities, build shared understanding, validate learning, and build better products and services.

                  And he manages to do all of this in a clear, practical and jargon free way. If you've not figured it out already — I *really* like this book. It's something that anybody involved in agile product development will get value from. Thoroughly recommended. Go buy it for your team now.

                   
                  5.0

                  Highly recommended. Bought several copies for my team!

                  By Capt. Spot

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                    Comments about oreilly User Story Mapping:

                    Excellent book. A must read for product design & development teams and for entrepreneurs alike.

                     
                    4.0

                    Great foundation for the practice of story mapping

                    By ReagleBeagle

                    from New York, NY

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                    Comments about oreilly User Story Mapping:

                    "User Story Mapping" provides an excellent foundation for anyone interested in learning more about the practice of story writing. Especially compelling are the first handful of chapters, including author Jeff Patton's extended pow-wow with a musician's business plan.

                    The book is not for people with a solid story mapping practice already in place. Expect many process flow illistrations, cheerful anecdotes, and a few case studies. But if you are considering "User Story Mapping" to help you solve story mapping on a new project you're on (e.g., what should stories look like for an upgrade of an existing project?), this is not the book for you.

                     
                    4.0

                    Engaging for both users and business analysts

                    By digital collecting

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                      Comments about oreilly User Story Mapping:

                      I have found that as suggested in the book that it really engages the users and keeps the conversations going as they feel they can actively participate rather than reporting their requirements.

                       
                      5.0

                      It's about time!

                      By Jonathan House - Agile Sadist

                      from Salt Lake City, UT

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                      Comments about oreilly User Story Mapping:

                      Disclaimer: I've known Jeff Patton for several years now and have been waiting for this book for many moons. I'd even admit that he bribed me with an advance copy, but apparently he lost the paperwork somewhere and I had to go buy my own.

                      If you look closely at what User Stories have become, their original purpose has almost completely been stripped away in favor of better templates and more detailed story.

                      Not only does Jeff's book remind us very clearly about what stories really are (tokens for conversations), but he also provides an excellent framework for organizing those stories into a comprehensive and cohesive view of what should be delivered. I've been using his story mapping technique (as best I understand it) for several years now and it's the only way I'll charter the development of new software.

                      The only complaint I have about the book is the fact that it should have been done at least 5 years ago.

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