Silver Stories in Action: Story Trees

Posted on May 21st, 2010 in Agile, Kanban, Product design, Silver Stories by siddharta || 2 Comments

In a previous post I introduced the Story Tree functionality of Silver Stories. Here is a video that shows how you can go about creating such story trees.

We had three goals when developing the interaction interface for story trees:

  • Support different feature hierarchies: The video shows how we can use the Story Tree functionality to build a user story map, but you can create any other feature hierarchy too. You use a Theme->Epic->MMF structure? Or Goal->Feature->Story? You can model those too.
  • Keep it visual: We are big believers in visual management, especially in the 10 foot, 3 second rule. We could have shown trees using the regular collapsible tree structure, but you lose all the context as you drill down or roll up the tree. By visually depicting the entire tree at once, you can always view your operations in the context of the entire story tree.
  • Make it fluid: If the story tree is to support collaboration, the interaction had to be fluid. You should be able to create cards and move them around as if you were on a card wall. You can get remote stakeholders on skype conference call, share your desktop, and collaboratively build up the tree in real time as the conversations are happening. You can see that fluidity in action in the video above as we build up a small story tree in only three minutes.

So what do you think of the story tree functionality? We would love to hear your comments below.

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2 Responses to “Silver Stories in Action: Story Trees”

  1. Don Kovacs Says:

    how much is this
    do you knoiw if jp morgan chase has purchased your product ?

  2. siddharta Says:

    Don, do contact us through the contact form – http://toolsforagile.com/contact/ – the sales team will be happy to answer your question.

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