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
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,
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
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.
Highlight MoSCoW categories
Hint: visualize priority with the icon sets
Fits for the KANO model
Hint: use different colors on the same icon to express priority
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.
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
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.
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
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