What did i mean to write here, I wonder?
When I created this draft document, I no doubt had some concept in mind, and it could be adequately encapsulated (I might now assume) with the title, “The Very First User Story”.
What I might have had in mind then, I am now uncertain of, entirely. Plus, I have fifteen minutes to un-draft this thing, as I’ve decided to go to church this morning. Let’s break it down:
In user experience design (UX), a user story is a scenario that describes one possible route a user might take through your designed experience (software, pavilion, vehicle, etc). Designed experiences will often have multiple routes through them – which could be summed up with multiple user stories. These stories are a way to think of how the experience could be designed and implemented.
For example: “User opens the Box, intending to learn about its capabilities.”. This story suggests that the Box‘s design must consider the scenario where an uninformed user opens the Box with the intention of becoming more informed about the Box‘s capabilities, and how they might use them.
Do they encounter a manual? Does the Box offer to bring them through a tutorial? Are they exposed to all of the Box‘s capabilities (presumably buttons, switches, dials, etc.) before they even demonstrate their ability to responsibly use the Box, and all of its varied powers?
Asking and answering these questions will lead to design decisions, which will lead to aesthetic, functional, engineering, quality assurance, and project management decisions. This will drive sub-teams to do their best work, guided by the product’s design bible- the stories of users trying to use the product.
What do I know about UX? Only the fringey bits I’ve been exposed to while working in the IT industry. All of the above is therefore to be taken with a grain of salt each.
I like playing with words. The title, “The Very First User Story”, like so many sentences, can be read to mean different things; It could mean “the first of the user stories [as more-or-less defined above] ever written”, or it could mean “the story of the very first user [begging a definition for ‘user’ in this context]”, or even, “The very first story of a user”, and probably other variants.
Perhaps my past self had hoped my future self would just write about how infuriatingly vague the English language can be. I no longer know.
Maybe I meant to write a story about a user (rather than a treatise on language or UX design), about something. This one’s wide-open. If I had a story idea at the time, my decision to shorthand it with this title was a failure.
Or was it a failure? Maybe I was jamming with myself, knowing that, once I got myself back to this title, I’d certainly come up with something to write, since I do enjoy listening to myself over-think.
The Reader may certainly suggest what they might have expected to read, when opening an article called, “The Very First User Story”. Their opinions and expectations are at least as important (and ideally more-so) than my own.