Getting to the Product Backlog: Solving the Early Life Cycle Bottleneck at XXX

This is a case study describing the problem of navigating Agile's "first mile" - from Big Idea to clear, prioritized Product Backlog, in a large initiative, and how it was accomplished.

It is a story that begins with a large and confused product backlog and ends with a .clear, focused, well-sized and prioritized one, along with a clear, focused process for continuing to accomplish that feat again and again on a repeatable basis.

It has all the dramatic elements. BIG program. LOTS of stakeholders, separation of responsibilities, and hand-offs. An accumulated mix of multiple products and IT-focused re-engineering objectives. Deadlines.

That's where we start.

This presentation takes you step-by-step through our evolution of the process for addressing this problem, beginning with use of the Toyota A3 form to bring focus to the problem itself, to reorienting around goals and new collaboration models, to impact mapping, new, rapid prioritization and consensus processes to bring about an order of magnitude decrease in cycle time for incremental Product Backlog definition and order of magnitude increases in quality of and confidence in the Product Backlog itself.

We'll provide you tested actions and templates that you can tune for your own environment, to help you navigate through the remaining frontier of Agile Development, the area between Big Idea to clear, prioritized and actionable Product Backlog.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Case Study

Presentation Objective

The Situation

The Solution Steps

  • (Each framed with it's own mini-situation/current state)
  • Getting back to Business Value and Goals
  • Impact Mapping
  • From Workflow to Collaboration
  • Prioritization methods
  • Definition of Done
  • Summary

Q&A

Learning Outcome

  • A better understanding of the "first mile" in Agile Development
  • A better understanding of the potential challenges associated with large scale Product Management
  • Specific solutions for navigating each step from Big Idea to clear, prioritized product backlog in a complex, multi-stakeholder domain
  • Templates tailorable to your environment

Target Audience

Product Managers, Product Owners, Business Owners, Stakeholders, Architects, Portfolio Executives

Prerequisites for Attendees

Some exposure to Product Backlog definition in large scale initiatives attempting to transition from traditional program structures and processes to more Agile ones

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