Create a "draft" version of the user story map before creating real records

I really like the new user story map feature! Something that would make it even better for me would be to remove the functionality where it automatically creates master features and features for everything added to the user story map.

Early in the ideation/definition process many of these ideas are essentially just notes (i.e. post-its) and may end up unused or combined later into something else entirely. As it works now, it creates a trail of orphaned features in the parking lot that have to be then manually cleaned up later - and which are not distinguishable from other items in the parking lot.

Instead, I would like to promote things in the user story map to features/MF's when I'm ready to put them in the backlog. It could also create the records automatically if they are put into a release.

  • Todd Meyer
  • Jul 11 2019
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  • Brian Hanrahan commented
    18 Jul 12:31

    Agree with this.

    I'd like story map cards to be independent, or linked to an Idea prior to being promoted to features so that the backlog isn't cluttered with items that haven't reached sufficient priority.

    Story maps are a useful way to sort and prioritize ideas (in addition to your excellent score cards), which often results in discarding or indefinitely delaying stories. I prefer not to clutter up the backlog with items that would never reach dev.
    1. idea achieves popularity
    2. map idea into its functional area among other ideas and features to assist prioritization in broader context
    3. promote to a feature targeted for a release