Articulating stories that influence product adoption (new article in Simplifying Complexity series)
Here’s a summary:
In any documentation scenario, there are usually at least two competing stories: the company’s story about their product, and the user’s story. The two stories don’t always align. For a product or feature to be successful, the overall story about that product needs to align with the user’s story. These stories aren’t always apparent, and learning to see them constitutes a complex task, since you have to reduce a sea of action and noise down to its essence. The misalignment of these stories often explains why products fail.
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