Story mapping - the missing link between product visions and product backlogs

Have you ever struggled to take your product owner's vision and translate that into a product backlog?

This workshop will provide you with hands-on experience in taking a simulated product from a high level vision down to a product backlog ensuring that nothing is missed and the negotiation process around release scope is collaborative rather than being destructive.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

  • Common product management challenges
  • Definition and benefits of a story map
  • Developing a story map based on a fictitious business case from personas to themes to epics to stories
  • Using the story map as a basis for release planning
  • Overview of story mapping tooling options

Learning Outcome

  • Understand how story mapping can resolve multiple challenges with product management
  • Learn how to develop a story map and use it to plan release content
  • Understand the different options for structuring story maps and the tools for developing one

Target Audience

Product Owners, Analysts

Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic knowledge of Scrum and agile fundamentals

schedule Submitted 5 months ago

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    Workshop
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    Workshop
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    Workshop
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    Workshop
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    Workshop
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    Workshop
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    About the session: -

    Finding the new “YOU” - through reflective coaching

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