The central area is mostly taken up by your story map.
Structure of a Story Map
A story map places user stories represented by card in a matrix. The X axis represents the user's journey through the system over time, starting on the left and moving the the right. Each of the stations on the user's journey are represented by user activities, which are displayed at the top of the map. The Y axis represents the priority, with stories higher up the map having a higher priority. Stories can be assigned to vertical slices, which represent iterations in TFS.
In SpecMap, user activities can be linked to TFS work items and slices can be linked to iteration paths. User stories are depicted using work items.
User activities are displayed at the top of the story map in the individual columns. Each user activity can be linked to a work item in TFS, see Adding User Activities. The following information is displayed for user activities:
- Click on the small arrow to collapse or expand the column.
- Name of the user activity (e.g. "Search for Books").
- If the user activity is linked to a TFS work item, the link icon is displayed along with the ID and name of the work item. If the user activity is not linked to a work item, no information is displayed.
- Click on the + icon on the left or right of a user activity to add a new user activity in that location.
If you mouse over an activity, the menu icon (...) is displayed.
The following options are available:
- Open: Opens the user activity. This performs the same action as clicking on the name of the user activity.
- Delete: Deletes the user activity.
- Merge right: Merges the user activity column with the one on the right. This option is only available if there is another column to the right of the current one.
Slices allow you to group user stories vertically. You can assign a slice to an iteration path. The following information is displayed for slices:
- Click on the small arrow to collapse or expand the slice/row.
- The name of the slice (e.g. "27 Jan - 15 Feb")
- If the slice is linked to a TFS iteration path, the link icon is displayed along with the name of the iteration path. If the slice is not linked to an iteration path, no information is displayed.
- Information on the user stories in the slice. The first number is the number of user stories in the slice, the second number represents the total effort entered for these stories.
- Click on the + icon above or below the slice to add a new slice in that location.
User stories are represented by cards on the story map. Each user story is represented by a work item in TFS. The following information is displayed for user stories:
- Name and ID of the work item.
- The user assigned to the work item.
- The tags defined for the work item.
- The status of the work item.
- The estimated effort.