Are you working in agile development projects? Do you want to keep the
focus on the users, their tasks and what the product as a whole should
provide? Well, here’s the course for you.
Learn user story mapping, a method and a visual representation that helps
keeping the big picture and focus on the user and their tasks. The method
is capable of building a bridge between scenario oriented usability methods
and the fragmentation of requirements into small building blocks applied in
During the course you will learn the basic concepts and strategies. You
will get your hands dirty in our exercises and you will have a good time.
After the course you’ll be all set to apply user story mapping in your
But don’t just take our word for it. See for yourself what the course will
be like from Twitter posts about previous courses: (
The official course information:
Want to join us? Great!
Save your seat and register at:
https://www.regonline.com/CHI2016AttendeeRegistration (course ID is C14).
The course is held on Tuesday, May 10th, 14:30 - 15:50 16:30 - 17:50, room
Looking forward to seeing you in San Jose!
Stephanie and Christian
Twitter: @sfoehrenbach and @derDavoser
=== Course description ===
Agile development splits requirements into small building blocks (called
user stories). Each story can be implemented in a few days or less and
allows quick feedback and adaption of what to build next. A drawback of
such small stories, which are often stored within a linear backlog, is the
loss of the big picture and what is needed for users and their task flows.
User story mapping, made popular by Jeff Patton, provides a method and a
visual representation, which helps keeping the big picture and a focus on
the user and their tasks. The user story map is based on user’s journeys
and links to the stories used for development. It thereby nicely builds a
bridge between scenario oriented usability methods and the fragmentation of
requirements into small building blocks applied in agile development
This course introduces user story mapping by multiple hands-on exercises.
Participants will learn:
• How to apply story mapping to put the user and their tasks up front and
to build the big picture.
• How to use a story map for priorization of stories according to user
needs and business benefits.
• How to use a story map to align and integrate UX methods and activities
with agile development.
• The importance of a shared understanding in a project team and how user
story mapping helps building it.
Everybody is welcome to this course. Particularly, it is most valuable for
practitioners such as user experience professionals, requirements engineers
or product owner that work in agile software development projects.
=== Course instructors ===
Stephanie Foehrenbach (M.Sc., Dipl. Inform. (FH)) is usability lead
consultant and trainer employed by Zuehlke in Switzerland. Stephanie works
for clients from various industries and helps them applying user centered
design methods in software and product engineering projects. Additionally
she gives trainings and instructs courses at conferences (e.g. at the
previous two CHI conferences).
Christian Heldstab (B. Sc., Dipl. Ing. (FH)) is also lead consultant and
trainer at Zuehlke. With his background in agile software development and
requirements engineering, he supports various clients bringing their ideas
to the road by applying user story mapping and other agile techniques.
Christian is also instructor and speaker on agile and lean conferences.
Register at: https://www.regonline.com/CHI2016AttendeeRegistration (course
ID is C14). The course is held on tuesday may 10th 14:30 - 15:50 16:30 -
17:50, room 210C.
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