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Demo: Drafting Child Stories

Watch Alex Cowan to learn about drafting child stories.
In the last video, we looked at how to take our epics and storyboard them out, so we get at all the little details that might turn out to be really valuable to the user. Here we’re going to take that storyboard as an input and detail this epic here that you see out into a set of child stories. And I’m going to use this table that you see here which you can copy as you go along, to organize those. And it’s not necessary to retype the name of the personae if it stays the same over the course of the child stories. In this case it does, so I’m going to leave that out. I’ll put these three periods.
I know the part number and I want to find it on the system, so I can move the job forward. And if you remember we have a couple test cases that we found were important. Make sure it’s possible to search by part number, just to state the obvious because it’s not always so obvious. And then we also had this idea that maybe it’s a good idea to put some descriptive information into whatever it is that the technician sees as they get the search results back, a photo, a description, so they don’t accidentally make a tiny typo and order totally the wrong part. So make sure descriptive information about the part, photo, descriptive text.
Is available to help avoid error. Okay, now our next story is, I don’t know the part number, And I want to,
Look it up online so I can move the job forward.
And then our third possibility is I don’t know the part number and I can’t figure it out.
So I want help from the office, so that I can determine the part and move the job forward.
Here, the idea is that they’re going to at least snap a photo because we’ve seen Trent the technician do this, so we maybe put in a test case, make sure it’s possible to post a photo.
Then we kind of reconverge, and we know that there’s this event here where we’re showing things to Ted, so he can go talk to the customer and get agreement. And we know so far that that’s at least when he can get the part and how much the part’s going to cost. So as Ted the technician, I want to see the cost and availability of the part, so I can consult with the customer and define the next steps with them. We have a few test cases here that you can refer to in the reference materials of the previous video. You’ve probably seen me type enough in this one. So if you remember, we’ll take this from the top.
We have our problem scenario here, then we have one or more epics below that and then we use this table to keep our child stories and our test cases organized together as we draft.
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