A controversial topic in the community is the value of used to be called a "sprint zero" or initial discovery week. With Professional Services project, it can be argued that taking a week to discover the problem space and build context and relationships between the vendor and client can be crucial.

This interactive session will take the group through a series of exercises that show how a framework for the first iteration can be created that allows the client and vendor team to discovery and learn about the project in a structured, valuable way. Discovery not only includes building understanding of the business outcomes to start preparing for the first sessions reviewing user stories but also involves quality, design (UI/UX), and technical strategy.

There will be two facilitators for this session.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

1. Introduction (Why a discovery iteration? ) (5 minutes)
2. Outcome based project: How to understand what the project is intended to solve, who it is for, and find the highest priority/value work will be. (10 minutes)
3. Outcome exercise: (15 minutes)
4. Design Studio: Overview of why this exercise can be an icebreaker as well as bring new ideas to the product owner. (5 minutes)
5. Design studio exercise: Design exercise using 30 second design sessions to have the group find and vote on potential UI/UX starting points for a project (10 minutes)
6. Technical strategy discussion - interactive discussion on architecture, CI/CD, environments (15 minutes)
7. Quality strategy discussion- interactive discussion on discovering quality (10 minutes)
8. Conclusion/Discussion (remainder of session time)

Learning Outcome

Learning outcomes:
1. Understanding when using the first iteration as a discovery period can have value and bringing back an idea of how to structure one to your teams
2. Technique for confirming or learning the outcomes desired for the project
3. Technique for rapid design prototyping
4. Overview of discovery items for technology
5. Overview of discovery items for quality

Target Audience

All practitioners who want to learn more about discovery and the value that a well organized sprint 0 can bring to any project but especially in a professional services contat

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  • Mishkin Berteig
    By Mishkin Berteig  ~  1 year ago
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    I really like the idea of this presentation, but I have a couple concerns.  These may be a bit pedantic, but it would actually allow you to address the controversy without having people dismiss you:

    - Don't call it a Sprint in the body of your proposal and in your talk.  The "Sprint" concept has a very specific meaning which precludes the existence of a Sprint 0.  Consider calling it an iteration, cycle or time-box instead.

    - The word "grooming" is no longer used in Scrum.  The reason for this is that this word is associated with pedophilia in Europe.  Although You haven't really mentioned Scrum, I think the reasons for dropping the term are good.

    • David van Rees
      By David van Rees  ~  1 year ago
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      Hey Mishkin,

       

      I was thinking about this, I'm going to keep the Sprint 0 title after all, but I'll keep the edits I made in the body of the description.  The original was catchy, even if not perfectly correct Scrum-wise.

       

      Cheers and thanks again for the feedback...

      • Mishkin Berteig
        By Mishkin Berteig  ~  1 year ago
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        Awesome!  I've liked the session.

    • David van Rees
      By David van Rees  ~  1 year ago
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      Thanks Mishkin.  I'll do an edit.  We do use the term sprint here and what we do isn't strictly scrum, so we aren't using terms from a pure scrum point of view.  But I'll change it to iterations so to avoid confusion.

      I had no idea about the grooming term, thanks for letting me know about that, I'll edit that out as well.


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