Big projects require many little user stories. But if these scenarios don’t add up to one good story, then you’re probably missing out on the big picture. Jeff Patton describes how his team weaves many small tales into a single strong report by identifying key characters and themes.
Scenarios offer an excellent starting point for building and validating a low-fidelity UI prototype. A UI prototype set to a user scenario is referred to as a storyboard. Scenarios also make good tests. Once the system is built, we can validate that scenarios like this work smoothly in the finished system.
There are caveats to using scenarios. It’s tempting to engage in creative writing that doesn’t accurately reflect the type of users using the system or the situations they commonly engage in. At times the scenario can draw attention to a detail that is actually insignificant.