What NOT to do when prioritization fails

schedule Sep 23rd 04:15 - 05:00 PM place Board Room people 9 Interested

One common mistake by new Agilists is to think that the product backlog is a linear list with the highest priority item on the top. As it's often the case, the reality is different. Prioritization is neither binary nor linear. Your team will be asked to work on several competing priorities, like meeting the new regulation while working on the next product milestone (the product is the company lifeline) - and your product owner will insist these are both top priority!!

In this workshop we are going to explore different tools, to ensure that our teams are working on the highest value backlog items: from Eisenhower Method to Cost of Delay, CD3 and modified Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF).

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop/Game

This workshop is organized into 4 sections.

C1. Connections (5mins) - Engage participants in short activities to get the participants connect to each other and the facilitator, connect the participants to the subject or what they may already know about the subject.

C2. Discuss Concepts (25mins) - Review the product backlog prioritization concepts. Establish the dilemma in real-life situations, where teams have competing priorities. Review examples from participants real situation. Introduce the concepts of CD3, WSJF and share modifications that I have applied in real-life situations.

C3. Concrete Practice (10mins) - With the provide sample data to participants to simulate the issue. Each group will recommend what the team should be working on, based on the data provided. Each group will present their decision and justification to the room.

C4: Conclusions: (5 mins): Participants to come with strategies to apply these concepts at work. Share the most interesting strategies with the room.

Learning Outcome

Understand and be able to sequence team's priorities using tools discussed in this workshop .

Target Audience

Anyone

Prerequisites for Attendees

None, just be curious

schedule Submitted 3 months ago

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  • Bob Payne
    By Bob Payne  ~  2 months ago
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    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • You have 1 hour of activities for this 45 minute workshop slot.  Can this be trimmed down and still capture the experience?
    • Itopa Sulé
      By Itopa Sulé  ~  2 months ago
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      Thanks Bob,

      I adjusted the time for concrete practice by participants and the conclusion. We should still get the experience. Will craft the data for the practice well to avoid pre-work by participants, and hence less time to execute.

       

      Thanks for your time

      Itopa

      • Bob Payne
        By Bob Payne  ~  2 months ago
        reply Reply

        Thanks for responding and adjusting the proposal it looks good now.

        Thanks 

        Bob Payne


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