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  • Advanced Agile analysis: User Story Maps and Impact Mapping User Story Maps

    Can someone explain the concept of User Story Maps? And what is the relationship to User Stories and Tasks?This question was posted on our agil8 Community discussion page a while back, and I’ve had a few like it since, so thought it’s about time I posted on the subject. I’ve also added a link to an overview of Impact Mapping which is another useful technique for agile analysis.Let’s take the simplest question first – User Stories and Tasks. Tasks can be thought of as the pieces of work that an agile team has to do in order to deliver a User Story, whereas the User Story represents a feature that a User wants. User Story Mapping is a collaborative, visual technique that help us help us identify all the Stories that may be involved in a complete User Journey through our software system. A User Journey is the series of a steps that a user takes in order to accomplish something that they want to do using our software (e.g purchasing something, lodging a help request, contacting us, finding some information, creating something). By looking at the sequence of stories in a journey we are more likely to identify stories that […]

David Hicks


David Hicks The agil8 team is led by David Hicks. David is a Founder of the Agile Alliance and, with over 25 years experience in the field, he is one of the most qualified and experienced Agile consultants and trainers in the world. In 2015 he was voted Most Popular Scrum Professional in the prestigious annual Agile Awards which recognise outstanding contributions in the field. David’s journey into Agile began in 1987 through his MSc thesis on iterative development which was published by the British Computer Society. He started his career as an analyst-programmer, team leader and ultimately project manager with LBMS, the originators of the PRINCE and SSADM structured methods. David was responsible for defining LBMS’s first iterative SDLC and worked with a lot of the early large 4GLs and client-server applications doing iterative development. David became an independent consultant using the original DSDM Agile Project Management method in the mid 1990’s. In 1997 he was hired by British Airways to manage its implementation as the standard method across their 5,000-strong IT organisation. He managed this Programme for four years, leading him onto the Heathrow Terminal 5 project in 1998 which is where he first started using Scrum. During his career David has been responsible for some of the largest and most complex Agile implementations in the world and he has become a leading expert in the complete range of today’s Lean and Agile methods. He is a regular and popular speaker on the Lean and Agile conference circuit and holds the following Agile qualifications:

David is also an Institute of Directors (IOD) Certified Company Director with 15 years experience as an Executive Director in the IT Services sector. You can connect with David on LinkedIn here and via Twitter here.