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Using Storycards to Communicate (Private)

How do you create requirements that communicate across multi-functional teams—business stakeholders, developers, subject matter experts, project managers—each with its own vocabulary and goals? How do you manage time, budgets, and personnel with transparency? How do you scope projects and prioritize work? 

In this interactive workshop, we’ll show you how to do all this and more with the humble but surprisingly powerful storycard. You will learn how to write effective requirements on 5” X 8” index cards and how to use them to communicate with and unify teams across your organization throughout the life of a project. You'll also get the chance to see how Menlo has taken our storycard system virtual since the pandemic, allowing the spirit of the storycard to live on in a way that's effective for our new hybrid work environment.

During this one-day hands-on workshop, you will discover how Menlo creates and uses storycards and why they are central to the success of all of our projects. You will see how a storycard gets used from the beginning of a project to its end, from the design phase through prioritization, assignment, tracking, implementation, and quality assurance. And you’ll get a chance to write storycards for a project and have them estimated by the technical implementation team—a great way to vet the usefulness of a card. 

You will come away knowing how to:

  • Write a storycard that speaks to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Break down large areas of product functionality into bite-size chunks that teams can easily estimate and prioritize
  • Turn storycards into story maps to visualize and prioritize an entire project at a glance
  • Use storycards as visual management tools to scope projects and track work
  • Let storycards become “placeholders for a conversation” rather than balloon into book-length, unreadable documents

The Using Storycards to Communicate Workshop is best for those interested in identifying tools to effectively manage time, budgets, and teams. This workshop is for 6+ participants, or less than 6 paying the cost equivalent of 6 participants. Full-day workshops at Menlo include breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day.

We’re currently scheduling private workshops at a date and time that works for you. Workshops can be virtual or in-person at Menlo – or we can come to your office at an extra cost. Please reach out to us using the form below or schedule a meeting by emailing experience@menloinnovations.com or calling 734-665-1847!

Duration:  8 hours

Location:  Virtual, at Menlo, or at your office

Cost:  $800/person

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