The Art of Agile Project Initiation

Most of the agile framework focus on delivery part and provide little guidance on project initiation part. This leaves many questions unanswered and leads to lack of solid foundation to lay the bricks of agility. For examples, we need to ponder on - What are right questions to ask when we are in very first meeting with the sponsor? How to guide the sponsor through a process of converting high level business idea into a vision and go about chartering exercise? How to effectively conduct project initiation workshop and start with a discovery exercise that sets the scene for a project and produces an initial backlog? These are some of the concerns that I would like to address in my session.

Without this solid foundation there is huge risk of we running into problems later on, causing rework and delays. Also, we could end up building the wrong product and realize it quite late. I have learnt this hard way when my initial basic scrum experiments ran into problems and like to share my learning and experiences. I am not suggesting to move away from basic agile frameworks & principles like scrum, xp, lean/kanban but adding more tools / practices to it which are truly in line with values & principles of agile.

I will use many real life examples and analogies to explain some of the best practices which have worked well for me in pre-project / initiation stage.
A previous version of similar presentation was delivered in Discuss Agile Delhi2016 & in Agile NCR 2016 conferences and was very well received. It will be new for Hyderabad based agile community and I will add more based on further experience gained in past 2+ years.


Outline/Structure of the Presentation

Introduction; Case study - meeting with a businessman with start-up idea; Inception Process including Initial Preparation, Expectation Management, Activities to build business and project context, Solutionizing & getting initial product backlog and high level planning. This would include examples, case studies to engage the audience in a conversation while explaining the ideas.

Learning Outcome

Agile project initiation and dealing with stakeholders

Process of leading the stakeholders with a collaborative process to build business & project context to eventually get product backlog, high level tech architecture and high level plan.

Multiple agile facilitation games and concepts (eg product in a box; cover story; role modelling, story mapping, business model canvas, engines & anchors etc)

Target Audience

All agile enthusiasts who are involved in end to end project delivery.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic agile concepts like what is a user story or epic

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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