Agile product managers and product owners often feel the need to be in all places, all the time, with all people. To succeed, they need to be inventive, yet focused; collaborative, yet decisive; far-sighted, yet detail-oriented. The best product owners are strategic—envisioning the product, communicating upstream with business executives, researching the market, and continually planning for delivery of high-value product options. Yet at the same time, they are also tactical—communicating downstream with the delivery team, running product demos, and discussing technical considerations.

In this session, we identify the responsibilities and disciplines involved in product work, examine decision-making rules applied to this work, and explore how a product owner or manager can leverage the expertise of the development team. Participate in activities to deepen your understanding of product work and product-related decision making. Leave with concrete ways to lighten the load of product ownership while making space for the right things amidst the clutter of everything.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

This is an interactive session focusing on complementary exercises to better understand the scope of agile product work and deciding how best to work on the “right” things. Participants will work in groups to learn about:

1. Agile product work from strategic to tactical

2. Collaboration patterns: deciding how to decide what to work on

3. Delegating to make space for the right things

Learning Outcome

Understand the connection between product management and product ownership.

Learn practical ways to balance collaboration and delegation of product work.

Experience interactive exercises that can be tailored to your own organization.

Target Audience

Product Managers, Product Owners, Business Analysts, anyone who wants to understand agile product work

Prerequisites for Attendees

Participants will need an understanding of basic product management and product ownership concepts and responsibilities.

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

Public Feedback

comment Suggest improvements to the Speaker

  • Liked Dave Sharrock
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Dave Sharrock / Melissa Boggs - Don’t Panic: Stories of Cultural Change

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate
    Don't underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems.
    -- Leroy Hood
    You can’t attend an agile conference these days without hearing about organizational culture. Cultural change is not optional for most organizations that want to become more agile. Agility requires a mindset that means many will have to change their traditions, habits, and behaviors.
    But culture is difficult to work with. It’s intimidating; We begin to panic, asking ourselves: “Why do I feel powerless to affect change in my organization? What does it say about me or my org? What does it say about the likelihood of me being able to make these positive shifts outside my team?” and ultimately we may talk ourselves out of any change at all.
    However, wecaninspire others to see the value in the change. Creating sustainable cultural change means creating a movement within your organization, and this is done one story, one experience at a time. Learn how to recognize your existing culture, identify the areas that require evolution, and create a movement that inspires change.
  • Liked Martin Aziz
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Martin Aziz - "When do you need it by?" Business-Agility Metrics in an Agile World

    Martin Aziz
    Martin Aziz
    Principal Consultant
    SquirrelNorth
    schedule 1 year ago
    Sold Out!
    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    “When will it be done?” is a question asked in just about every business I’ve encountered, Agile or otherwise. In this metrics-focused session we will explore why that question is so hard to answer and whether it is even the right question to ask.

    We will explore current thinking about measurement in knowledge work fields. How every business needs to identify their own appropriate metrics to measure for their own business challenges and goals. While metrics are always unique for each individual business context, we will identify 4 metric categories identified from the Fit for Purpose framework.

    To connect these concepts to your Agile organization we explore going past looking at measurement as a team phenomena and connect this to the level of services or value streams.

    Digging further we continue to examine questions around measuring and predicting delivery times. We contrast prediction approaches using deterministic methods vs probabilistic methods. And consider multiple sources of variability that make predictions challenging and often impossible.

    We conclude by considering more appropriate questions to replace “When will it be done?” Rather asking “When do we need it” followed by “and so, when should start?”

  • Liked Fernando Cuenca
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Fernando Cuenca - Visualizing Work: If you Can't See It, you Can't Manage It

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Unlike a factory, where we can see work literally moving around, piling up waiting, being worked on, or even deteriorating with time, knowledge workers have to deal with abstract constructs that are largely invisible. Suddenly, answering questions like "what are we working on?" or "how does work get done here" can become tricky.

    The basic premise that the first step towards effectively managing knowledge work is to make it visible will not come as a surprise for anyone with some familiarity with Agile. That said, there's more to effective work visualization than a 3-column board showing "To Do | In Progress | Done" columns, and visualizing work items is only the first step.

    This session will explore approaches for visualizing otherwise invisible aspects of work, such as commitments, process, rules and, of course, work items, and using them to enable more effective management and collaboration.

  • Liked Dave Sharrock
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Dave Sharrock - From Good to Great Product Ownership, or why experience is not enough

    Dave Sharrock
    Dave Sharrock
    Agile Coach
    agile42
    schedule 1 year ago
    Sold Out!
    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate
    Product Owners plant the seeds for excellent agile delivery teams. Great POs know how to plant the best seeds, seeds that the team can swarm around and deliver quickly, that provide rapid feedback and learning, and that morph towards excellent customer experiences. In some situations we need a good PO, in others we need a great PO. The trick is to know the difference. Join me on a journey of discovery working with contemporary examples to find out how to be a great PO or a good PO, and why you might, at different times, want to be both.
    We look at two key dimensions that determine whether you need good PO or a great PO, and how to tell the difference. First, what problem is the PO trying to solve? Are you rolling out changes to a mature product or battling to enter an emerging field? Are you scaling rapidly or slowly? Second, how is the PO making decisions about their backlog. Give a PO a project requirements document and a timeline, and what’s a PO to do? Even the best and most experienced POs will struggle to deliver an exciting customer experience that captures the heart of the customer.
    Through the workshop, you will learn a simple model for identifying great POs based not on PO experience, but on how the PO makes decisions about their backlog. The best POs know how to combine data and stakeholder input to best effect.Finally, we consider the product problems you are trying to solve, the pace of change, and how this effects the PO - good to great - you want for your product.
  • Liked Gillian Lee
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Gillian Lee / Courtney Kurysh - Team Health Checks for the Rest of Us

    60 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Want to experience a health check that you can use with your teams the day after this session? Join in this workshop where you will get hands on experience with Spotify's Health Check model and hear an experience report of applying it to 10+ teams.

    Evaluate what aspects of this model are relevant to your context and goals. Hear about what factors contributed to our success and what potential pitfalls to watch out for.

    Take the guessing out of what to improve on teams and how to measure it.

  • Liked Gil Broza
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Gil Broza - How to Make Real Collaboration Possible

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Collaboration is generally considered a net positive, and everyone knows it’s a key principle of Agile. Yet most Agile teams -- even those that seem to work well together -- don’t collaborate nearly enough, and thus don’t reach their full potential. It takes attention and work to make collaboration possible, let alone appealing and practical! In this interactive talk, the author of “The Human Side of Agile” explains the not-so-short list of not-so-simple factors that get in the way of real collaboration, and provides a process for determining actions that will make collaboration possible.

  • Liked Michael Sahota
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Michael Sahota - Wave 2 of Agile: Living The Agile Mindset

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Wave 2 of Agile is a way to understand the high-performance results that come from Being Agile. We know many in our industry have fallen into the trap or “Doing Agile” – where people lose sight of the objectives and lasting results.

    Wave 2 is about Living Agile. It is how we show up. It is how we work with people and organizations to shape the Culture. It is living Mahatma Gandhi's truth:

    “Be the change that you want to see in the world”.

    When we focus on our own behaviour, we model Being Agile. This is the only way to invite the Agile Mindset. This is Wave 2 Agile. We stop creating conflict and resistance. We become the effective leaders and influencers of lasting change in our organizations.

    “To be or not to be? That is the question.”

  • Liked Courtney Kurysh
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Courtney Kurysh - One Does Not Simply Become an Agile Coach, or How I Learned to Embrace Being a Beginner at this Whole “Agile Thing”

    Courtney Kurysh
    Courtney Kurysh
    Agile Coach
    Nulogy
    schedule 1 year ago
    Sold Out!
    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    You've found yourself at the beginning of a journey where all roads lead to Agile coaching. You might be asking yourself, “What do I need for my coaching journey? Am I ready for this? Who can I ask for help? What is being an Agile coach really about, anyway?”

    In this session, aspiring coaches will hear about an atypical journey to becoming an Agile coach, learn three key lessons, and remember why living Agile values is the key to, well, everything.

    You’ll leave the session with the desire to live fully Agile, have a better understanding of where to start your own Agile journey, and discover how to learn more about yourself along the way.

    This talk was previously presented at Manulife’s Agile Day 2018, organized by Jeff Kosciejew, and received an NPS score of 78.

  • Liked Gillian Lee
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Gillian Lee / Varun Vachhar - Agile Development with JavaScript

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    How can we deliver value continuously when building modern JavaScript web applications? In the past 5-6 years, the popularity of JavaScript has exploded. There’s a good chance that you’re working at an organization where you’re using JavaScript.

    Learn about component-based architecture and approaches to state management that help us respond to changing requirements or even pivot in a new direction as a product evolves.

    What architecture choices and patterns enable meaningful independence and which ones hinder them?

    For all you non-developers out there, this is a fabulous opportunity to deepen your understanding of what choices your software development team may be making. Developers, here’s your chance to learn more about what Agile-friendly modern JavaScript development can look like.

    While some concepts are indeed language agnostic, this session will focus on the JavaScript ecosystem. We will cover the tools and techniques specific to component-based frameworks such as React, Vue, and Angular.

  • Liked Mike Bowler
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Mike Bowler - Remain calm : Understanding and releasing anxiety/stress in yourself and those around you.

    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    It’s hard to coach those who are highly stressed or anxious and it’s even harder to help others when you are personally stressed or anxious. In this session, we’ll be learning about some of the neuroscience behind these and will learn a variety of practical techniques that we can do to drop that sense of anxiety in less than a minute.

    Anxiety and stress is prevalent within our field and affects everything we do. If you experience this or you would like to help other people who do, then this session is for you.

    Bonus: The techniques we’ll be discussing are also applicable with Impostor Syndrome.

  • Liked Jochy Reyes
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Jochy Reyes - Cognitive Biases in Agile Teams

    Jochy Reyes
    Jochy Reyes
    Agile Coach
    ANZ
    schedule 1 year ago
    Sold Out!
    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner
    Cognitive biases often results to poor decisions that could affect your teams. This talk provides an introduction to cognitive biases and how they impact team performance and effectivity.
    I'll cover 3 aspects of teams that could be impacted by these cognitive biases - team dynamics, communication and productivity.
    I'll discuss the symptoms of these biases and show you how to proactively control and reduce its effects for more effective teams.
  • Liked Fernando Cuenca
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Fernando Cuenca - Agile beyond the Team: Creating a Context where Agile Teams can Thrive

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile has now gone mainstream. Starting new and more Agile teams is relatively easy, but organizations then run into the challenge to orchestrate the work of multiple agile teams. Some have even observed that even though they manage to obtain better results from individual teams, if they step back and look at the larger picture, work still takes a long time to be delivered, quality expectations are not met, and teams experience considerable "friction" when they interact with their environment.

    This session is directed to those managers that operate above the team (middle-management, director level, etc.) and explores the concerns that need to be considered to create a context in which those Agile teams can thrive and realize the promise of high-performance.

  • Liked Andrew Murphy
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Andrew Murphy - My job as a software engineer is not to write code

    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Many software engineers are lead into the false assumption that we are hired to write code. This talk challenges that perception and discusses the real reason we are paid to turn up to work every day.

    Coding is fun, but we are paid to solve problems.

    I will try and convince you that you can add more value, and have more fun, by concentrating on the problem, not the code.

  • Liked Dave Sharrock
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Dave Sharrock - Zero Day Planning: light-weight long-range planning

    Dave Sharrock
    Dave Sharrock
    Agile Coach
    agile42
    schedule 1 year ago
    Sold Out!
    40 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate
    Zero Day Planning is a light-weight long-range planning approach for agile teams. Ideally we fund products not projects. We budget for the team, and keep a moving window on our product backlog, emerging and refining new requirements as we deliver our current features and learn from customer feedback and behaviours. But this isn’t always possible. Maybe we have not yet moved to funding products, have funding for a project and have to figure out when we will deliver which features. Or we are budgeting for a new product over the next fiscal year and have to estimate how many teams we need. How can we estimate long-range budget needs and delivery expectations?
    I will describe Zero Day Planning, an approach used many times to provide early estimates for long-range planning. The estimation process takes a matter of days and provides a baseline the team can immediately start using and validating. Using real-world examples you will learn how the approach builds on agile principles and replaces more traditional and heavier long-range estimation techniques.
    We’ll close with some cautionary tales of how things can unravel and why they might do so, just before we think of this as a silver bullet.
  • Liked Amy Whicker
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Amy Whicker - Emotional Intelligence: the Power to Access Our Agile Mindset

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Advanced


    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/emotional-intelligence-power-access-our-agile-mindset-agile-amy/

  • Liked Jerilyn Edginton
    keyboard_arrow_down

    Jerilyn Edginton - Walking Your Talk: An experiment in personal agility

    Jerilyn Edginton
    Jerilyn Edginton
    Product Owner
    Microdea Inc.
    schedule 1 year ago
    Sold Out!
    40 Mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Maybe it's easy for us to walk into organizations and let them know all the ways that they're not Agile, when perhaps we may be blind to our own personal lack of agility. This session is about my 3-month long experiment to adopt Agile and Lean principles in my own life, and how you can do the same in yours. Whatever the results of your experiment, this has left me with a deeper empathy towards those we lead in change, and has included some added surprise benefits as well.