Splitting User Stories by Workflow Steps or Events
The idea of splitting a User Story or Epic by workflow steps is simple:
- Find the fewest number of workflow steps needed to deliver business value to the end-user
- Create a Split Story for those steps
- Move the remaining steps of the workflow to future releases.
However, if you have ever tried to split a Feature, Story, or Epic by workflow steps, you know how tricky it can be.
For simple workflows, we recommend a technique called “Sequence of Events.” It works like this: You ask your end-users to walk through the events that happen (workflow steps) in their head and write them down on a piece of paper. Tell them not to worry about whether the steps are sequential or not, you just want to hear them all.
For example, for an event planning product, we got this Epic that