Short description: Learn speedy affinity facilitation techniques to eliminate waste and boost productivity in creating, prioritizing and estimating a backlog.
Long description:
Many companies spend endless hours meticulously creating, prioritizing and estimating detailed requirements. Within this tedious work are weeks if not months of wasted time and effort.
What if you could reduce waste in your requirements building process? What if you could quickly create requirements, prioritize your backlog and estimate effort in days instead weeks or months?
Agile affinity techniques compare things with similar characteristics. These practices enable quick visual discovery of valuable insights that help teams create and prioritize solutions. Affinity facilitation techniques greatly reduce waste while greatly increasing productivity.
The affinity facilitation techniques to be discussed are:
  • Persona Affinity - a technique to create and compare persona characteristics and task that quickly generates many stories.
  • Story Gallery - a dedicated space with story cards for very large backlogs,which allows fast gathering of questions and comments on the potential size, complexity, prioritization, and feasibility of hundreds of stories.
  • Fibonacci Affinity Popcorn - a space where teams can size, value and evaluate hundreds of stories within minutes.
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce, review and practice some affinity facilitation techniques that can greatly reduce your current requirements compilation efforts.
 
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Outline/Structure of the Hands on Session

- Introduction to waste in planning and how affinity techniques can reduce it.
– Introduce the Theme Park Creation workshop concept
– Explain the Persona Affinity facilitation technique for creating requirements
– Persona story creation exercise
– Explain the Story Gallery affinity facilitation technique for creating requirements
– Story Gallery exercise 5 minutes – Review ideas and concepts for Theme Park in Story Gallery
– Explain the Fibonacci Popcorn affinity facilitation technique for value, prioritization and risk
– Prioritize stories using Fibonacci Popcorn exercise
– Explain Affinity Fibonacci Popcorn technique for estimation
– Estimate stories using Fibonacci Popcorn exercise
– Debrief and Q&A

Learning Outcome

By the end of this workshop the attendee should be able to do the following:

  1. Use affinity to compare persona characteristics and generate stories based on similarities and differences.
  2. Use theme affinity to facilitate collaboration on requirements gathering using a story gallery.
  3. Quickly evaluate story value, prioritization, risk and estimated effort by using Fibonacci Popcorn facilitation.

Target Audience

Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Team Members, Stakeholders, and anyone involved in sizing a large backlog of work

Prerequisites for Attendees

This session is appropriate for beginners to advanced Scrum practitioners. A basic familiarity with user stories, relative estimation, and the Fibonacci sequence is helpful, but not necessary.

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