5 User Story Mapping tools you should try

User Story Mappping is a concept invented by Jeff Patton, it is a valuable tool for software development, once you understand why and how to use it. I this post I would like to introduce 5 digital tools you should have a look and try with them team to see if they can help your story mappiing practice.

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1, Agile User Story Mapping for Jira

Made by DevSamurai, this app is different from others in this list, it is not a standalone app you can use directly but if you are using Jira to track tasks and manage projects this app is extremely useful. Agile User Story Mapping for Jira is a Jira plugin available in Atlassian marketplace, it adds following capabilities to Jira

A visual model of a Product Backlog from the users perspective
A tool for deliberate product discovery and learning
A way of creating a shared understanding
A method of exploring product capabilities and features
A prioritisation and release management tool
A way to build consensus between teams
A visual representation of progress and scope

Check it out here: DevSamurai Agile User Story Mapping for Jira (https://marketplace.atlassian.com/apps/1222309/agile-user-story-mapping-board-for-jira)

2, Featmap

Featmap is built for product managers to build, plan and communicate product backlogs.
It is free and support basic story mapping features:

  • Visualize backlog
  • Drag&drop to map

Check it out: Featmap

3, Miro user story mapping

Miro is the online collaborative whiteboarding platform that enables distributed teams to work effectively together, from brainstorming with digital sticky notes to planning and managing agile workflows. User Story Mapping is one of the templates it supports so if you only need story mapping it may not be a good choice

Check it out: https://miro.com/templates/user-story-map/

4, Avion

Avion is a new tool that makes building story maps really simple, and it integrates with Jira, GitHub, Trello, Azure DevOps, Slack, etc. It supports following features
– Build detailed user journeys
– Plan releases, spot dependencies
– Personas at the core of the product
– Export and share story maps
– workflows

Check it out : https://www.avion.io

5,Visual Paradigm User Story Map tool

If you have a large collection of User Stories you should have a look Visual Paradigm User Story Map tool. It visualize four components of story map — User Activity, User Task, Epic, User Story. Support 3-level or 4-level map for complex backlog.

Check it out : Visual Paradigm User Story Map tool

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