Have you ever been swarmed by an ocean of requirements and felt overwhelmed by them? Have you found yourself wondering that how will I ever overcome this monster? Will this ever go-live? I want to apply Agile and Scrum principles, build a Lean product - but! where do I start? Have you wondered how do the other wonderful folks on this planet do it? How do they arrive at their Lean Product and manage to help their clients and themselves swim through this vast ocean and stand successful? Well then you are at just the right place! This talk will help you learn this and more - so come attend this 45mins session which is sure to leave you with key takeaways, rules and simple guidelines to help arrive at your Product, navigate your clients in the right direction so that they see what you would like them to see and arrive at the same conclusion where you see the product moving towards. Envision, Encounter, Evangelize - this is what this talk will primarily focus on. 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Initial 3 mins - Introduction to myself and the topic, what is lean product discovery all about and why do we do it
  • Next 15mins - Present the case study - a real life example of how we were swarmed with requirements, how it all felt over-whelming and unachievable and slowly move towards what are the key techniques and concepts that we used to arrive at the lean product.
  • Last 2mins - Q&A (really less for Q&A but can take as many qs as possible)

  • [Moved to Out of Scope of the talk for now]
  • Ideally I would like to engage the audience by conducting a small exercise as a part of the last 10mins to help the audience truly learn about Lean Product Discovery and simple tasks which they can apply in their daily regime of requirement gathering.

  • If not, I can extend the presentation for the next 10mins

Learning Outcome

  • How to arrive at a Lean Product amidst an ocean of requirements using a case study
  • How to apply some simple rules during the requirement gathering phase
  • What are the small things to take care of and what not to worry about
  • What are the things that usually cause us to get carried away by and how to avoid the same
  • What is the most natural way of involving clients while performing these activities in real life, during the discovery phase so that are as involved as the team who is collecting the requirements

Target Audience

BAs, PMs, QAs, Developers, UX - absolutely anyone who has or has not been involved with Information Technology. Open to all and the wider and more varied the audience, the better.

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  • David Hussman
    By David Hussman  ~  1 year ago
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    Sorry to be late to reply. I also like this as an experience report. Is it possible to frame it a bit to talk about how you made your choices (narrowed the pile) instead of the metaphor of being overwhelmed? I think this might be a better message for your audience and for what I am understanding of your experience report.

  • Nitin Ramrakhyani
    By Nitin Ramrakhyani  ~  1 year ago
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    Khushbu,

    Can you respond back to the queries from the review committee. Also, would be great to add a few links to any past talk slides, videos etc. This will help the committee in evaluating it better.

    Also, I suggest you turn this as an experience report and compress in 20 mins.

    • Khushbu
      By Khushbu  ~  1 year ago
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      Hello Nitin Sir - I have updated the proposal to reflect it as a 20min presentation as an Experience Report instead of a Case Study 45mins long.

       

      Thanks,

      Khushbu

    • Khushbu
      By Khushbu  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Nitin Sir - thank-you so much for the msg. Yes I have replied to both the comments - sorry for the delay however I somehow received email notifications regarding comments on my submission only today - hence the replies today...

      I really like your proposal to convert into a 20min experience report rather than a case study and I will make the changes in the submission accordingly. Please let me know in case of any other changes.

      Also I would like to mention that in terms of my experience speaking at external conferences, I had presented at Converge Bangalore - http://thoughtworks-bangalore.github.io/Converge/nov2015.html

      Thanks,

      Khushbu

  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  1 year ago
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    This is like Product Management 101! I don't see what is the unique problem you solved, or a novel technique that you hacked? Can you share more details that help us understand what was so unique about the problem the way you solved, and what were the results in terms of effectiveness of your approach?

    • Khushbu
      By Khushbu  ~  1 year ago
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      Hello Sir - thank-you so much for the msg. Yes I agree its similar to what is performed o most projects however the novelty lies in the techniques that we used. So instead of jumping right into as-is and epics and user stories, we defined workflows, divided the team including our clients into groups, involving everyone and designing the workflows that we need to build. This helped us understand the process better and stay away from solutioning until we were really ready. Also I agree with Nitin Sir's idea of converting this into a 20min experience report rather than a case study since that would make it crisp and cover the highlights of how we went about converting an ocean of requirements into smaller digestible chunks. 

      Also I would like to mention that in terms of my experience speaking at external conferences, I had presented at Converge Bangalore - http://thoughtworks-bangalore.github.io/Converge/nov2015.html

       

      Thanks,

      Khushbu

  • Shiv Sivaguru
    By Shiv Sivaguru  ~  1 year ago
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    While the topic and the challenge sound interesting, has this been presented anywhere earlier?

    Do you have an outline of the key learning points or a sample of your presentations?

    You have mentioned a 10 minute extension to the presentation if there is no activity. What would the audience miss if that is done?

    • Khushbu
      By Khushbu  ~  1 year ago
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      Hello Sir - I have not prepared the deck yet but the outline would be similar to what I have listed in the details. Although I like Nitin Sir's idea of converting into a 20min experience report rather than a case study since that would make it crisp and cover the highlights of how we went about converting an ocean of requirements into smaller digestible chunks. 

      If the activity is not included then the audience do not miss out on content since that would have been covered in theory but the practical experience of performing the activity and how they could use the same with their clients is what would be missing. However now that its an experience report with tighter timeline (20mins instead of 45mins) it probably makes more sense to not have the activity but cover the details via the PPT. 

      Also I would like to mention that in terms of my experience speaking at external conferences, I had presented at Converge Bangalore - http://thoughtworks-bangalore.github.io/Converge/nov2015.html