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    We do this on a wall today. I then use another online tool to represent what we did on the wall. The tool we currently use is a lot more free form, so the organization is really up to us. I think one of the things your tool has going for it is that it isn't free form, and because it isn't, can be smarter about expanding/collapsing, and doing cooler things like estimate roll up.

    The problem is that since it isn't free form, it needs to be just a little more aggregate-able so that we can clearly see the amount of detail we need. I think level 2 and 3 are great starts. I would suggest considering an additional level, and maybe 2 additional levels. That would give me the ability to speak with the varying audiences at the depth they need, without overwhelming them with the details.

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    I agree -- typically in our story mapping, the top level is actually personas. We then move into the narrative. We do this with grouping, like a "big activity" -- something that takes hours or the steps are done ad hoc but are relatively the same (ie: I wake up in the morning). We then break that down into the steps (ie: I get out of bed, I make breakfast). We then write details for each (I lift my legs, etc.).

    The problem is that some "big activities" for us can be broken down a lot. So we try to subgroup that even more. One example would be like "scenarios" for getting out of bed. Maybe you were late, or maybe some people are paralyzed and have an edge case. Breaking that down is useful to logically colocate cards related to that. And, with your fairly unique way of showing/hiding that detail in the 'level boards', we could do that and ignore the noise at those deeper levels.

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