- Put Emoji icons into card title so you can see them from the bird of view
- Search & filter panel handles these icons so you can search for tagged cards
- use shortcuts to insert emoji icons at anytime
How to label user storiesCard colors are still a great feature to add more visuality to a board, so use them for high priority information such as task type, risk points. Afterward, try to add icons to cards. You got two options:
- add tags to card title to get a better understanding (eg annotations, priority) or
- add icons to card description the lower priority dimension (Don’t forget, you can filter out tags if they are in description)
- dots: 🔵🔴⚫⚪🔘
- squares: 🔶🔷🔳🔲⬛⬜
- exclamation or question marks: ‼⁉❓❗
- easy to understand pictograms: ⚠🔐📌🔍🔑💡
- icons for prioritization: 1⃣2⃣3⃣🥇🥈🥉
Emoji shortcutsMac: Hit CTRL + COMMAND + SPACE to open emoji panel Win: 1. Add Touch Keyboard to the taskbar by clicking on it with the right mouse button and select “Show Touch Keyboard”. 2.Open Touch Keyboard with by clicking on the keyboard icon.
Most popular user story labeling methodsStory mappers use many grouping opportunities for labeling routines and every project is different, but the most purposes of labeling are the followings:
- differentiate personas and sub-personas
- visualize user journeys
- mark priority levels
- separate task types
- add any other information
Prioritize user storiesIn fact, you have two opportunities to visualize priority levels on a user story map. The most authentic way to express priority between cards is the vertical order. This is as simple as the method itself, move high priority cads upper and place less important stories on the bottom of the board. Organizing features into releases is also a prioritization. In addition, you can use releases such as MoSCoW categories. In contrast, in some cases, these methods don’t deliver enough value. For example, the fourth task of a user step can be more important than the first card of another step. The most popular priority labels are:
- Standard sequence: “High”, “Medium”, “Low”
- MoSCoW: “Must”, “Should”, “Could”, “Won’t”
- Jeff Patton used the following three categories for prioritization (according to KANO model): “Must haves”, “Delighters”, “Satisfiers”.
How to use the Search & Filter Panel1. Open Search & Filter Panel and enter the selected tag 2. Hit “Find Next” 3. Hide the panel to explore the filtered story map
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