Adaptive Planning using Impact Mapping

schedule 02:00 PM - 02:45 PM place More hands-on learning (Pyxis Room)

Have you ever felt you don't quite understand WHY you work on things that you do and HOW it actually supports your business' goals?

Most (if not all) of us might agree that creating a shared understanding of the vision and goals is critical to success of the organization. But how do we do it?

From my experience coaching numerous Product Owners and Product Managers over the years is that many of them struggle with creating or articulating the business goals and how each of their product increments support them. It turned out that some of them were just taking marching orders from the powers that be, they didn't know for themselves and their teams are in the dark as well. This challenge is amplified by lack of defining and communicating the measures of success needed to validate if the product increment is indeed contributing to your business objectives.

These factors make it hard to answer questions like "should we start working on this?" or "should we continue working on that?".

Fortunately, a technique like Impact Mapping helps overcome this challenge. Impact Mapping is a simple but powerful way of visualizing the mapping of the business goals or objectives down to the product increments that teams work on. It is a great tool that lends well to having meaningful dialogues between business, technology and other stakeholders, and most importantly useful for adaptive planning of what gets worked on or should be stopped.

In this session, I will share what Impact Mapping is and how you can go about creating one. By the end of the session, you should have picked enough knowledge  so you can try creating at your work or if anything add it to your tool kit.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Intro [5 mins]
  • Overview of Impact Mapping [5 mins]
  • What can Impact Maps do [10 mins]
  • Steps to create an Impact Map [15 mins]
    • Preparation Steps
    • Mapping Steps
  • Summary [5 mins]
  • Q&A [5 mins]

Learning Outcome

Walking out of this session, you'll learn the importance and how to

  • Create an impact map and shared understanding of business goals and scope across all levels in the organization
  • Visualize the underlying assumptions
  • Deliver business goals, not just some features that don’t help support them
  • Use it for adaptive roadmap planning

Target Audience

Product Owner/Manager, Team Member, Leaders, Scrum Masters, Coaches

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