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    Deliver with Impact

    Leena S N
    Leena S N
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    One common problem any delivery team struggles is to have a common understanding of "why" a product or feature is being built. The documents such as Project Charter, vision document etc. tries to solve this problem, but it’s common to see such documents exist in the repository, hardly known or read by anyone in the team. And this document rarely gets updated too. Ask your team members what is the goal of the project? You may be surprised to know how many actually know about it.

    The so called "vision" or "goal" usually rests within Product Manager/Owner or any other stakeholder. There is no forum to converse about these goals or ideas as a team. The planning meetings [iteration or release planning] are supposed to take care of this, but there is no standard guidelines defined which would help to brainstorm these in a typical release/iteration planning meetings.

    This is where Impact Mapping comes into the picture. It is a "Strategic planning technique", defined by Gojko Azdic, explained in the book Impact Mapping. It is a very simple technique based on the idea of "asking the right questions" which are:

    • Why are we building what we are building? i.e., Goal(s) of the product
    • Who we think are the actors who’ll get impacted?
    • How do we expect to change the actors’ behavior?
    • What are we going to do to create the impacts? i.e. the feature list / deliverables

    Finally, by connecting the deliverables to impacts and goals, a map shows a chain of reasons that leads to feature suggestion. 

    Fundamental of Impact Mapping is that Impact means a change in behavior of an actor which usually results in a positive impact either by Reduction in the Cost or Improvement in ROI for the business.

    If you closely watch the sections in Impact Mapping, what to build i.e. the features or the so called backlog comes only at the end, whereas in the typical planning meeting we usually start with a backlog.

    The above questions need to be answered by the entire team [the IT team, the business people and any other stakeholders, if any], and avoids the common anti-patterns during planning meetings:

    • Ad-hoc planning
    • Wrong Assumptions
    • Pet features

    The hands on workshop will cover the above mentioned concepts of Impact Mapping in detail along with exercising the same.

    Below are a few comments that we received from our customers after being part of the Impact Mapping session:

    • “It made me think about the real goals my product has to achieve during the initial launch.”
    • “Wow, this is a great way of visualizing”
  • Kalpesh Shah
    Kalpesh Shah
    schedule 1 year ago
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    Case Study
    Intermediate

    Great teams make great products, but what fuels this greatness? It's the common understanding and passion for the product but more importantly the singularity of purpose and the feedback loop and how the users are responding to the teams work. 

    The new world of product development is no longer about scope management and delivering the project on time and within budget but it's now more about hypothesis validation and learning from the users and their behaviors.

    The dynamics of product development is changing.  As more and more organizations are moving towards maturing their agile software development approach the traditional barriers of roles are being broken creating new opportunities and fostering a shift in the mindset. Instead of being tied down to scope management and delivering the project on time, Agile teams are focused and inspired by hypothesis validation and learning from the users and their behaviors.

    In this case study we will go over how a portfolio of 12 SCRUM Teams adopted a more outcome approach and how they shifted their mindset from project delivery in Agile way to adopting the Experiment-Measure-Learn-Repeat loop which plays a crucial role in teams overall motivation, performance and moved from being SCRUM Teams to "Product Teams".

    We will also see how we experimented with different team formats and how exposing the team members to different events and user research changed the way they perceived the information of the problem they were solving via features and user stories.

     

     

  • Simon Cohen
    Simon Cohen
    schedule 1 year ago
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    Talk
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    If you've never worked at or seen a high performing team, it is difficult to know what to do to get yours started. This talk will give you a basic recipe for forming the working agreements that can lead to a high performing and self managed team. By weaving together both theory and the practical experience from Spotify's way of doing things, we will go on a journey that will give you both the ingredients and the techniques to get cooking. 

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    Forget Agile, Welcome Swiftly

    sripriya thinagar
    sripriya thinagar
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Case Study
    Intermediate

    Picture this - You see a bunch of disgruntled developers, who haven't yet had their caffeine and stumble for what is the daily standups and provide a nice long winded update and never want to ask for help in front of their peers. They are then dragged once or twice a week to a grooming session and some details are given while they are still thinking about the work they are doing for the current iteration. If thats not sufficient, they are asked for estimates and they wonder what makes them go unnoticed. Then there is the planning day when they yawn and wonder why we do the retro every two weeks and do nothing about them or why they are asked to plan when they just finished the last piece of work yesterday.  All of this seems unnecessary if only someone told them what they are driving towards and how to leave them alone and get them to be productive.

    Come join me as i share some techniques that i have used with the teams i am part of, in helping build high performing culture while focusing on engaging customer experiences and delighting your customers.  

    Stop by, sit back, relax and enjoy the show

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