Improve visuality and productivity with the new annotations

Are you struggling with labeling user stories? We have wonderful news! Let us introduce the fresh new annotations, that turns your backlog even more impressive.

Boost your workflow with annotations

Default annotations
Default annotations

Use them as general label

We added some frequently used labels by default, so you can mark:

RISK – that refers to the factors that contribute to a project’s success or failure

DEPENDENCIES – between user stories
Hint: use the Search&Filter to highlight related cards

IDEA – that need to be refined
Hint: add more annotations if you deal with different items on the board eg. bug,

search and filter annotations

Tag user stories for further actions

Running out of time in a meeting? Flag further actions and use highlight half-baked items with annotations.

NEEDS DISCUSSION – use this tag to mark stories that need to be discussed again on the next session
Hint: write questions and mention teammates in the comments section for preparations

SPLITTALBLE -flag too big stoires and break it down into smaller parts on the next meeting

Express priority

When ranking stories, you’ll realize, that some stories are super important and some are super duper important. Although vertical order express priority on a story map, you need to detail it. Use the annotations and tailor it into your processes.

Moscow model

Highlight MoSCoW categories

Hint: visualize priority with the icon sets

Kano model

Fits for the KANO model

Hint: use different colors on the same icon to express priority

agile risks

Detail risk categories

Hint: detail the same annotation with different colors (eg. risk categories)

Hint: insert the category names (eg. KANO, MOSCOW, RISK) to keep annotations in one place on the list

Assign cards to members or teams

If you’d like to highlight assignee or team on the board the easiest way to use different card colors. What if you’re using the colors for something different eg. item types. Create annotations for each member or team and let’s visualize task distribution.

teams
team members

Change scope in seconds

Use the search&filter to highlight and jump to relevant stories:

  • Highlight related cards on a meeting eg. jump to “splittable“ or ”needs discussion“ cards
  • Check dependencies eg. track related card’s progression
  • Annotations are perfect solution for visualizing journeys
  • Track a member’s or team’s progression
  • Highlight top priority card on an iteration planning

Endless opportunities

labels on the card

The previously mentioned solutions are just for inspiration, but it’s totally up to you how to use them. To make the annotations flexible we loaded tons of predefined icons in different colors. Use as much as you need on a story.

What’s more? Use emoji’s for labeling.

use emojis for additional annotations
annotation icons
combine icons with colors
about this board panel

Onboard involved members with less effort

Let us introduce the new “About this board” panel, that pops up every time a new user is joining the backlog. Use this platform to

  • introduce the product – share the what, why – and even how! – behind the story map,
  • share team rituals, habits about how the story map is used,
  • show legends for easier understanding: card colors, annotations,
  • tell the user rights and highlight teammates to start collaboration
  • and finally a short cut to the “user story mapping for beginners” article

Read more about how to set up annotations in StoriesOnBoard HelpCenter.

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