DDD Europe 2023 - Program

Domain Storytelling

Pre-conference Workshops


Stefan Hofer and Henning Schwentner

Stefan HoferHenning Schwentner
June 7

Domain Storytelling means that we let domain experts tell us stories about their tasks. While listening, we record the stories using a pictographic language. The domain experts can see immediately whether or not we understand their story. After very few stories, we are able to talk about the people, tasks, tools, work objects, and events in that domain.

Learning objectives:

In this workshop, we will explore how Domain Storytelling can help you with different aspects of DDD:

  • crunch domain knowledge
  • constitute ubiquitous language
  • segregate bounded contexts
  • tactical modelling

You will learn how to adapt the method to the various purposes and you will try out different tools. After the workshop, you will be able to apply Domain Storytelling on your own.

For who:

Domain Storytelling is especially suited for:

  • understanding a domain,
  • establishing a shared language between domain experts and IT expert,
  • talking about software requirements,
  • and designing viable, software-supported business processes.

Domain Storytelling transports the knowledge from the domain experts' heads into the heads of developers, product owners, product managers and business analysts. Domain Storytelling brings these roles together in a workshop where your domain experts will learn from each other and coordinate tasks. Your common understanding of tasks and business processes will be documented as a picture with simple pictograms.


The workshop does not require programming skills. It is suited for people working as software developers, user experience designers, Scrum masters, product owners, product managers, project managers, and business analysts.

About Stefan Hofer

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Stefan is co-author of Domain Storytelling: A Collaborative, Visual, and Agile Way to Build Domain-Driven Software (Addison-Wesley). He studied Software Engineering and has a PhD in computer science. Since 2005, Stefan has worked for WPS – Workplace Solutions, helping teams develop software that does the right job the right way.

About Henning Schwentner

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Henning loves programming in high quality. He lives this passion as coder, coach, and consultant at WPS – Workplace Solutions. There he helps teams to structure their monoliths or to build new systems from the beginning with a sustainable architecture. Microservices or self-contained systems are often the result. Henning is author of Domain Storytelling (Addison-Wesley, 2022), and the www.LeasingNinja.io as well as translator of “Domain-Driven Design kompakt” (dpunkt, 2017).