There is a lot of discussion around user stories, and it is probably one of the most frequently used words in any agile team. For something that is talked about so much in your team, and when the quality of understanding around the user story is directly proportional to creating a successful product, do you know how well your agile teams understand these user stories? What views do they have about these user stories, and what aspects of these user stories do they care about most?

In this session you will learn and experience three techniques to aid collaboration within your team members and learn to reach a common understanding of the product and user stories that everyone will support. These techniques include role playing in a very different way to help us explore how user stories can help team members see them from a perspective never thought of before.

This session you will learn and experience through three different exercises how to decipher information your team wants to develop a common understanding of the product and expectations from each other. This session is helpful to product owners, team members, scrum masters and leaders in any organization.

 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Introduction - 5mins
  • True Story that motivated this session - 5mins
  • Interesting Facts & Stats - Support the need for common understanding - 10mins
  • Exercise #1 : User Story Heat Map - 15mins
    • Conduct the exercise and ask attendees what information the recall the most
    • Ah-Ha Moment : Results of the Experiment
  • Exercise # 2 : If the User Story came alive! - 20mins
    • Break attendees in groups and using post-it notes have them post their discussion on wall
    • Attendees share their groups findings
    • Sharing of Results and "Ah-Ha" moments
  • Exercise #3: Reverse Role Play - 20mins
    • Break attendees in groups and using post-it notes have them post their discussion on wall
    • Attendees share their groups findings
    • Sharing of Results and "Ah-Ha" moments
  • Share common findings from conducting these exercises with other teams - 5mins
  • Questions & Answers - 10mins

Learning Outcome

Attendees will experience and learn :

  • What information in the user stories do team members care about most and what are they missing.
  • How well the team understands motivation and drive behind the product and its features.
  • How are the events and information around the user story perceived by the team and what can the product owners, scrum masters and team do to make the story more relevant and efficient.
  • Learn techniques to decipher information your team wants to develop a common understanding of the product and expectations from each other.
  • Learn interactive exercises that you can do with your team the very next day to intelligently extract information that address the team and product owners’ needs.

Target Audience

Scrum Master, Product Owner, SCRUM Team Members, Executives

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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  • Balaji.M
    By Balaji.M  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi Kalpesh,

    Good topic and there would be good learning for the participants, for us (reviewer committe) to understand better please can you add the slides which you are intended to use in the talk?

    Best Regards

    Balaji.M

    • Kalpesh Shah
      By Kalpesh Shah  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Balaji,

      Sorry for the delay in responding, I was presenting last week at Global SCRUM Gathering in Shanghai and due internet restrictions could not respond earlier. 

      I do have the slides ready for this talk but unfortunately do not see a place where I can uplaod them on this propasal, would there be an email address of the reviewer committe where i can email the powerpoint?

      Please let me know.

      Thanks,

      Kalpesh Shah

      • Ellen Grove
        By Ellen Grove  ~  1 year ago
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        Hi Kalpesh

        Can you upload the slides to Slideshare or Vimeo or Google Drive or another sharing site and then link to them in the Links section of this proposal?  That's the simplest way to share slides with all of the reviewers.

        Thanks!

        Ellen

        • Kalpesh Shah
          By Kalpesh Shah  ~  1 year ago
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          Hi Ellen / Balaji,

          Thanks, I have uploaded my proposal with the google drive link.

          https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5fvFMyJWmTgUnBrY3FKZ1FxS00/view?usp=sharing

          Please let me know if you need any additional information.

          Thanks,

          Kalpesh

  • Ellen Grove
    By Ellen Grove  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi Kalpesh

    I really like that your workshop proposal has a lot of interactive elements - I'm a big proponent of experiential learning.  Do you have any sense of how many people you might be able to accommodate in the workshop?

    Thanks

    Ellen

    • Kalpesh Shah
      By Kalpesh Shah  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Ellen,

      Thanks, the workshop is very interactive but more importantly thought provoking! 

      Not sure about the logistics and size of the conference rooms but I can engage and interact with as many people that can fit in those rooms. 

      Thanks,

      Kalpesh