YOUR FEATURE HAS FAILED. Pre-Mortem and pre-mitigate those risks!

Are you afraid of scope creep? Or maybe you feel like you're always the one poking holes in someone's grand idea? We've got a workshop for you. The Pre-Mortem!

A Pre-Mortem is great for:

  • Mitigating risk early and often
  • Getting ahead of a problem before it occurs
  • Preparing for the worst with proactive action
  • Testing a solution before it’s even made it to the approval stage
  • Realists, pessimists, and those that like to poke holes or play devil’s advocate

Learn how to take a backlog of ideas, features, or other solutions and put them to the test BEFORE an ounce of code or time has been spent. Mitigate your risks, bring pessimism and optimism together, and solve for an otherwise untold future. 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

How We'll Rock a Pre-Mortem Together:

  • 3 mins: Quick N Dirty Brainstorm of Ideas: Brainstorm a list of features that help customers pair their food with a beverage.
  • 2 mins: Converge your ideas into buckets, writing short phrases that summarize the feature above.
  • 5 mins: Pull features from the audience and make a list of the top 5. 
  • 2 mins: The facilitator announces to the room, “We’ve launched XYZ feature out into the market and it has failed miserably...why?” Every person in the room comes up with as many reasons for failure as possible.
  • 5 mins: Pull features from the audience and make a list of the top 5.
  • 5 mins: Audience questions: How might we mitigate these risks?
  • 3 mins: Conclusion: How did that pre-mortem help you? Where else might this be helpful in Agile? Roll-up of other uses: Design Thinking, empathy moderator guides, user testing, etc. 

Learning Outcome

  • Teams learn how to proactively poke holes in potential customer solutions.
  • Teams embrace the personalities in the room: Realists, pessimists, and optimists
  • Teams collaborate and discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of an idea and work together to solve or test its validity

 

Target Audience

Developers, QA engineers, Designers, Product Managers, Stakeholders

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