Tips for Effective Product Backlog RefinementFadi Stephan
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Are your Sprint planning meetings taking longer and longer each Sprint. Do you find yourself discussing new stories that the team is seeing for the very first time? Are some of the stories vague, complex, or very large? Is the priority unclear? These are all symptoms of ineffective Product Backlog Refinement which results in painful Sprint planning meetings. Team Product Backlog Refinement is an important activity that is frequently overlooked. The team is usually focused on delivering features for the current Sprint and devotes little time to work with the Product owner to prepare for the upcoming Sprints. Come to this session to understand the importance of Product Backlog Refinement, the different types of activities that are needed, when to perform each type, who should attend and how to make the most of everyone's time. Understand the importance of having a Definition of Ready, learn how to do progressive elaboration on user stories and how to expand on your acceptance criteria. Leave with tips and technique for conducting effective Product Backlog Refinement before your very next Sprint planning meeting.
Our Business Pipeline is BrokenSalah Elleithy
schedule 1 year agoSold Out!
Our delivery team may be focused on continuously tuning their CI/CD pipeline but who is focusing on the business pipeline?
If your delivery team is not always producing new functionality at the rate you want, the bottleneck might not be in the way they’re working. Imagine a software development factory that can’t get the raw materials it needs in time to keep production humming.
The Theory of Constraints (ToC) adopts the idiom of “a chain is no stronger than its weakest link”. Delivery teams need the right requirements (chunks of work) at the right time.
“What?” you say. “I’m already working as hard as I can to provide them with complete requirements specifications.” I believe you. Participants will be introduced to some issues that might have escaped your attention and will address those issues in ways that may save them some work.
Questions that may be helpful to consider are:
- What makes it so challenging to provide the information the delivery team needs at the time they need it?
- What causes our business pipeline to be broken? In manufacturing, identifying bottlenecks may be obvious but what about knowledge work?!
- What’s hidden that could cause delays and create a state of learned helplessness?
This presentation will explore the challenges that stems from the discovery and explore ideas to consider for building a healthy business pipeline. At the end of this session, you will be able to identify the bottlenecks using the drum buffer rope and learn about the 3 amigos and clarification through examples (acceptance scenarios) and techniques to alleviate the bottlenecks.