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. 

Check out this quick video overview or follow the step by step walkthrough below:

Open Story Mapping

Select Planning>Story Mapping from the navigation bar:

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

Mapping Your Products

The flow of Story Mapping is to create your Sections, which form a 'User Journey' of your Product, and then add Features to your Sections. Note: you can change the terminology of key terms like Sections and Features (e.g. to Epics and Stories) via the terminology section of your Workspace settings. 

Adding Sections to Story Map

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

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

Adding Features to Story Map

Your Features  describe the actual tasks that need to be performed in order to complete the Section.

To add new Features under your Section, 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 Feature 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.

Add Activity to a Story Map

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

Adding Lanes to a Story Map

Lanes are horizontal dividers used to visually arrange your map, and to multi-select Features 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 Sections and Features using Color Codes;

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

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