Storystorming With Martin Schimak




Storystorming with Martin Schimak

30 October 2019


Added 01-Jan-1970

1) Hands-on Storystorming. It's best to experience it yourself! :-)

Storystorming is a young and very lightweight set of methods to explore and understand user journeys, work procedures and whole business processes by telling visual stories and by focusing on natural language. Its simplest variant leverages the fundamental “Subject - Predicate- Object” structure of language, and enables domain experts to tell their stories in the most natural way, without requiring them to learn anything more but five different colors (see

2) Storystorming - The Background

This simple variant of Storystorming is cool, however there is more to it. Storystorming combines ideas coming from Event Storming, Domain Storytelling, User Story Mapping, Impact Mapping, Example Mapping and more in such a way that the result of one method can e.g. serve as a starting point for others - or can serve to validate the result of other methods. In this talk I therefore want to share some background info about my little "theory" behind Storystorming and the way it models "domain language" around what we know about natural language and its fundamental grammatical structures.

Martin Schimak

For over a decade Martin has been working in complex domains like energy trading, health care or wind tunnel organization. As a coder, he has a soft spot for readable and testable APIs and enjoys to design services around long-running capabilities. As a "domain decoder", he is into Domain-Driven Design and with Storystorming he now integrates methods which shift the focus from technology to the user value of what we do. Martin blogs at and publishes in magazines like InfoQ and OBJEKTspektrum, a well-read german periodical for which he is an editorial member. In his hometown Vienna he organises meetups around Domain-Driven Design, Microservices, Reactive and Distributed Systems. Martin is a contributor to several projects on GitHub and a trainer with experience in 50+ companies and 10+ countries. He regularly speaks at meetups and conferences across Europe - and from time to time in the US.