Does your product owner write all the stories? Does your team complain that stories lack detail? Are you finding it difficult to move things to done? Is your done work leaving lots of gaps your customers might find? Do you struggle to break down work into small deliverable slices? Example Mapping can help!

Example Mapping is a process designed by Matt Wynne ( https://cucumber.io/blog/bdd/example-mapping-introduction/ ) and is a great way to elaborate your features in a collaborative way. Bring together your business people, developers and even your customers to build out detailed stories, acceptance criteria and examples you can run as tests. It is collaborative because everyone can work on their area of knowledge simultaneously. There is no pre-defined order so you can work with the knowledge you have rather than the knowledge you wish you had. It's detailed enough to flush out edge conditions and error states. It's high level enough to engage with customers and business stakeholders. It's fast enough to get outcomes even if your team is time poor. 

I've been using Example Mapping as a very quick and effective way to start with a rough outline of the goals I want the team to achieve and come out with a detailed backlog of Stories and key Acceptance Tests. I've been using this over 5 years now both in-person and online. I love how easy it is to engage people at the level their comfortable with. We can walk through example by example or we can start by outlining high level outcomes.

In this workshop we will learn about Example Mapping, how to apply it to your backlog to create some great stories the team can execute. We will practice applying it together to see how we can turn a few simple ideas into a detailed plan.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

  1. Introduction - 2 minutes
  2. Ice breaker - 5 minutes
  3. What is a Story? Why is it different to just a backlog of tasks? - 3 minutes
  4. Creating stories using "As a.. I want.. So that" and using that model to break down stories. - 10 minutes - HANDS ON
  5. What are Acceptance Criteria and Examples? - 2 minutes
  6. Creating examples using "Given, When, Then" - 10 minutes- HANDS ON
  7. Explaining the process for Example Mapping - 5 minutes
  8. Elaborating a feature together (estimated 7 stories, 15 acceptance criteria, 20 examples) - 25 minutes - HANDS ON
  9. How this can inform prioritisation - 5 minutes
  10. What are technical tasks and how to avoid them? - 5 minutes
  11. Bringing this to your team in person - 2 minutes
  12. Bringing this to your team online - 3 minutes
  13. Create a "Next step" story together - HANDS ON

Learning Outcome

  • A basic introduction to Stories.
  • Using the story format to help break down stories across users, solutions and outcomes.
  • A basic introduction to Behaviour Driven Development.
  • How to facilitate Example Mapping. - elaborating a backlog quickly and collaboratively.

 

Target Audience

Product Owners, Scrum Masters or Developers.

Prerequisites for Attendees

None

schedule Submitted 3 months ago

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  • Renae Craven
    Renae Craven
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    schedule 3 months ago
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    Kevin Loong - Celebrating Courage with a Capital C: Conducting Courageous Conversations

    Kevin Loong
    Kevin Loong
    Scrum Master
    Macquarie
    schedule 3 months ago
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  • 40 Mins
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