Unifying user stories, use cases, story maps

Unifying user stories, use cases, story maps
How to master and move easily between the techniques


Learn the 7 core concepts that make all of user stories, use cases, story maps work, avoiding the common mistakes made in all of them.


  • Learn the strength and weaknesses of each
  • Then learn to move across them at will.

Whether in the 1-day or 2-day dive into this complicated topic, learn from the world’s leading expert on the subject.

With small lectures and many drills, Dr. Cockburn shows how to create clear user stories and use cases, how to cut user stories, how to construct a clear story map, and finally, three ways to work with your choice of user stories, story maps and/or use cases.

Once the basic skills are learned, all of these techniques become just your choice of tool, as should be.



  • The importance of verbs, time durations, how to decompose verbs.
  • Why - and how - to decompose everything, not just the verbs.
  • How to write from the user’s perspective.
  • How to write a good user story and slice it for incremental development.
  • How to write a simple use case and map it to user stories.
  • How to decompose a use case for fine-grained incremental development.
  • How to make a story map.
  • How to work with both story maps and use cases to get the benefits of each.


Course Description:


Although they seem different, user stories, use cases and story maps are all based on the core concepts. Without mastering these, people make a mess of all of the techniques. Mastering them, you can move between them at ease, gaining the benefits of each.


In this course, learn those core concepts, learn the basics of each of the techniques and how to move between them.


The class is based on small amounts of lectures followed by exercises in which you will get to practice your skills.


The most important skill you will come away with is to be able to phrase any user need as a verb-based request, and decompose that request into arbitrarily fine slices to fit into any fine-grained incremental development process. With that skill, all of use cases, user stories and story maps make sense.


Of course, the techniques covered are valuable in carrying out any kind of project, not only agile ones, and even tackling business process improvement outside of IT projects.


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