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Status Future consideration
Categories User story map
Created by Guest
Created on Jul 11, 2019

User Story Mapping for Features/Requirements

Admins should have the ability to chose which records are in the User Story Mapping. We structure Aha! so that User Stories are at the Requirement Level so it makes sense for us to view as Features/Requirements


We don't use Master Features & don't want Aha! forcing the record type simply because you are leveraging the tool as this will cause user confusion.

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  • Tom Wilsher
    Mar 11, 2022

    +1Million 😀

    Similar to other comments, we integrate with ADO, and map Epic to Epic, Feature to Feature, Requirement to User Story. So to make use of the Story Mapping feature (which we very much want to do as we currently map in another tool and then have to add items in aha after that exercise), we would need to be able to configure the elements and set up our Story Maps to show Epics, Features, Requirements.

    Thanks in advance. 🙏

  • Timothy G
    Mar 4, 2022

    Adding a +1 to this.
    Requirements are what get built by engineering in our organization, and the restriction of flow to Master Features and Features significantly limits the value of user story mapping in Aha.

    Lack of this forces a core strategic planning activity to take place in a siloed application.

  • Guest
    Sep 14, 2021

    Being able to add/map requirements/user stories would be immensely valuable, as we leverage epics and features at a higher level

  • Guest
    May 19, 2021

    Nicky, as a sidenote, you can rename terminology for objects in aha, so you can rename requirements to userstories in the settings!

  • Patrick Taylor
    Sep 23, 2020

    Totally agree. If we also move everything 'up a level' to accommodate this restriction, then we lose that level of collation.

  • Austin Pederson
    Sep 17, 2020


    The User Story Map functionality would be an awesome addition to the Aha! suite... if we could use it at the record level commonly associated with Stories.

    We've done an assessment within our ecosystem and will be using a separate tool until Requirements can be created and portrayed on the Story Map board (which would further allow for us to push to Jira).

    Bonus points if all Requirements / Stories created in the Story map workflow were automatically tagged, or with the individual hash recorded... so that one could track burndown of stories when it moves to WIP.

  • Nicky Strunze
    Aug 17, 2020

    Of course it must be possible to include user stories in the map. Aha has also made a clear semantic definition in one of the last updates by renaming master features to Epics. This means that the object type directly below the epic is also a truly "Feature". And directly below the feature are user stories, which in Aha are still called requirements.I think that's not consistent with the terminology.

    I think it would make sense to configure in the map whether epics or features are offered on level 2. We create initial maps which contain goals, steps and user stories. In a second iteration, user stories are then assigned to epics or features. So you would need an additional level for the display of a complete map.

    The structure is in Aha as follows:

    Goal (completly missing in the map)

    -> Step

    --> Epic

    ---> Feature

    ----> Requirement (better User Story)

  • Reut Levi
    Aug 5, 2020


    The unintended consequences here is forcing your customers into a very specific data model that doesn't fit all companies. For us, requirements are the representation of user stories so I completely agree that we should be able to chose which records to use to maximize our utility of this functionality.

  • Guest
    Oct 15, 2019

    Agreed... we want to document the larger customer user map story for an EPIC at feature level and then do another level of that user story map at the requirements/story level... having both abilities will be highly benefits in creating strong product narratives for all team to engage with. 

  • Doug Brunner
    Sep 6, 2019

    100% agree. We currently have a hierarchy in DevOps of Epic (Master Feature) >> Feature (Feature) >> UserStory (Requirement). In order to adopt Aha! Story Maps we will need to move our 'story' description into the Feature and create more Features to make sorting meaningful. Also, Aha! currently restricts a one-to-one relationship between a Master Feature and a Step which is limiting as it is common for many Features under the same Master Feature to span multiple Steps in the same Story Map.

  • Guest
    Aug 29, 2019

    I cannot agree more. It is very obvious that user story mapping should allow user stories (requirements) to be added.

  • Charlene Brennan
    Aug 29, 2019

    We use requirements in the same manner as Rich.  We support this change.

  • Steve Brunt
    Aug 28, 2019

    I couldn't agree more!

    User story mapping, should map user stories, and not EPICS.   If you could achieve this flexibility, then I'm sure more Aha users would be able to benefit.

  • Rich Cernech
    Aug 19, 2019

    Deriving from this article, we are capturing Features as Epics and Requirements as User Stories. This has worked well until we are now trying to leverage your User Story Mapping tool. I believe the 'Steps' in the tool are Features in our world and the Feature details are Requirements to us. Especially as we have integrated to Jira with Feature -> Epic and Requirement -> User Story.  We feel we need the ability to story map with requirements so that they can seamlessly flow to Jira as User Stories when dev work is ready to commence.  Thanks!

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