Talked about “Exploring User Wish through Mindmapping” at Agile New England

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert at Lean-Agile Partners Inc. invited me to talk at Agile New England. She and I first met at Agile Development Conference 2003 and since then, we have been good friends and seeing each other at every annual Agile conference. But this time, it was a local community, and I’d loved to meet people there. I heard that Agile New England was established by a group of people including Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber, and Nancy.

My talk was about “Exploring User Wish through Mindmapping”. This was my first opportunity to talk at New England, but the community was so nice and welcomed my talk. Here’s the slide of my talk.

After I explained why we should use mindmaping in user interview sessions, Satomi and I did a short skit, Satomi acted as a librarian in a city library who wants to build a new library system and I as an Agile software developer to help her with it. You can see the Mind Map at page.30 of the slide above.

After the talk, they took us for dinner and some of the attendees came along. Was such a wonderful evening connecting with passionate people at Agile New England community. Thank you very much for everyone who attended there and giving us the opportunity to be there. Hope to come back here again.


Dinner after my session at Agile NewEngland, from the left – Nancy, Satomi, David, Eddie, Marina, Kenji and Gloria

6 thoughts on “Talked about “Exploring User Wish through Mindmapping” at Agile New England

  1. HI Kenji – I thought I knew all about mindmapping and about gathering info for Agile stories – so it’s worth noting what I found new in your talk: It’s the speed and simplicity you showed in taking very small notes during the user interview, and then being able to reformat those notes from a mind map to user stories and use cases with almost no additional effort. You’ve clearly put a lot of thought into your “Astah” tool.

    We all had a great time talking with you and Satomi afterwards. I hope we can host you again soon.
    – Nancy V. , @vanschoo

  2. I enjoyed your talk and chatting with you at dinner. I was intrigued by your tools’ ability to convert Mind Maps into User Stories. I look forward to learning more about this technique.

    David Grabel

  3. Hi Kenji,
    I’ve been using Mind Maps for many years to build project plans and create class outlines. It was great to learn your approach to developing user stores using Mind Maps. Great presentation!
    John Vins

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s