Jeff Patton, author of User Story Mapping, teaches us how to map user stories by focusing on the user's journey to an outcome. He shares his opinion on the notorious "MVP" and how he helped Gary Levitt build his MVP with Mad Mimi.
"Instead of handing off a document, using a story means talking and coming to some shared understanding."
"Stories don’t become stories until they’re told."
"Music isn’t just a list of songs on an iPod. It’s what you hear when you play it."
"People have gotten fixated on the story template. But that’s not the important part."
"Whatever mechanism you were using to document requirements before: keep using it."
"You don’t build enough software to build a good outcome if you’re breaking it down into tiny parts."
"Rip up a $5 bill and try to prioritize the pieces in terms of business value."
"You can take a $20 bill and rip it into shreds, or break it into smaller viable parts like $5 ideas."
"The story is done when we get it, when we're singing from the same hymnal, when we're of the same mind."
"There’s a third definition of MVP: too small to be viable and too big to be an experiment."
"If we don’t agree who our customers are and what success is, we can’t judge what min. and viable means."
"Who would you deliver a product to if you knew they weren’t going to love it? Your best friends!"
"Oftentimes what we call scope creep is us finally figuring out what the other person was talking about."