Going Vertical; A Value Driven Approach to Web Development

One of the biggest development hurdles we face when new to any agile framework is switching from a ‘phased’ approach to a ‘vertical slice’ approach.  Individuals and teams often aren’t used to deconstructing projects and problems in this way and we often hear “what about the dependancies” or “the system is too complex”.

In order to speed up feedback loops and provide instant value to clients, we can take a large feature and break it up into several small pieces that slice through each of the systems architectural layers. We can break down almost any of the features we do within projects into slices that take a couple of days, at most, to get out the door. Each slice is comprised of any work needed to be done in a system architectural layer, as well as, any testing that may need to be done to make it ready for deployment.


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Outline/structure of the Session

In this session, Steve will demonstrate, through slides and discussions, the advantages of vertical slicing and will walk you through some real-life project examples of how to implement this agile approach to Web Development.

Learning Outcome

In this session, Steve will teach you how to actually apply this approach into your organization or agency.  He will also show the advantages from the perspectives of the Project Manager, Product Owner, Scrum Master, Development Team, and the Client.

This session is for you if you:

  • Work on any web-based projects, of any size.
  • Have ever struggled to provide value to your clients throughout the entire project; from start to finish.
  • Are new to agile development and want to learn more about different approaches as it ties directly to web development.

Target Audience

Web Developers, Project Managers, Development Managers, Team Leads, Technical Leads


There are no session prerequisites.

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