The purpose of this highly immersive course is to help students to learn techniques that will help them to make their products better!

If your product backlog is a jumbled, disorganised mess of disparate features, lacking coherence, flow or the sense of a user journey, if it seems to be focussed on what the product should do rather than what people should be able to accomplish with the assistance of your product, then user story mapping may be for you.

If your product backlog is none of those things, user story mapping may still be for you. Its creator, Jeff Patton, suggests the use of story mapping will ultimately make your products better.

Target Audience

This course is intended for people who have mastered the basics of an Agile approach such as Scrum, DSDM, or Extreme Programming.

Certification, or equivalent experience, as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, Scrum Developer, or Agile Project Manager is not required.


Delegates should be familiar with the content and rationale in the Agile manifesto (agilemanifesto.org) and the Scrum Guide (scrumguides.org).

Delegates should also be familiar with the topics and techniques covered in the course: Agile User Stories and Estimating – QAUSEPBL.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Maintain an overview of the entire product
  • Identify and describe users’ desired outcomes
  • Separate a product backlog into releases
  • Select a Minimum Viable Product
  • Create a ‘walking skeleton’

Course Outline

  • It's not really about the document
  • Telling stories
  • Developing a shared understanding
  • Frame your idea
  • Into the flow
  • Breadth before depth
  • Activities, steps and details
  • Mind your language
  • Dry bones
  • Build less
  • Is that in scope?
  • Get slicing
  • Going to the wall
  • The 3 Cs

QA reserves the right to improve the specification and format of its courses for the benefit of its customers without notice to the customer. 

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