Story Mapping methodology is a simple yet powerful tool to help distributed product teams getting on the same page and discuss user stories visually. Craft.io Story Mapping view helps you ideate and see your entire product in a ‘sticky note’ style view. You can create your user flow, drag cards around, and set priorities using swimlanes. 

Open Story Mapping

Select Plan>Story Mapping from the navigation bar;

  • Use the features dropdown to switch between features. 
  • Use the New button on upper right to create a new Story Map (Add new Feature)
  • Use the Filters button to filter your view. For more about Search and Filters look Here

Mapping Your Features

The flow of Story Mapping is to create your Epics, which form a 'User Journey' of your Feature, and then add User Stories to your Epics.

Adding Epics to Story Map

Start by adding new Epics from the New button, or directly on the Story Map board by hovering and clicking the '+ Epic' sign. Add a title and click Enter. 

  • Click on the newly created Epic to open it in a full editable mode. Here you can add a description, attach files, and more.
  • Double Click on the newly created Epic to update its title.

Adding User Stories to Story Map

Your User Stories describe the actual tasks that need to be performed in order to complete the Epics.

To add new user stories under your Epic, use the New button, or add them directly on the Story Map board by hovering and clicking the '+ Story’ sign. Enter the story title and click Enter;

  • Double-click the User Story to update its title. 
  • A single click will open it in full editable mode. Here you can add a description, assign it to Releases, Sprints, Teams, add Subtasks and much more.
  • You may add as many Stories to the Epic as you need.

Adding Sections to a Story Map

You can divide your Epics into Sections, which are headers or titles used to group your Epics. You can add new sections from the New button or by hovering above an Epic. The '+ Section' sign will appear above the Epic.

Adding Lanes to a Story Map

Lanes are horizontal dividers used to visually arrange your map, and to multi-select stories for bulk actions. Use the New button to add New Lanes, or hover to the left of the first column and click the + sign.

Color Coding your Story Map items

You can highlight and arrange your Epics and Stories using Color Codes;

Note: Sections, Lanes and Color Codes are visual elements used solely in Story Mapping.

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