Myth: "Agile teams don't document."
Truth: Some of the best documentation we've ever seen comes from Agile teams.

Agile Engineering practices have revolutionized the ways in which documentation is treated and produced. In high-stakes environments with heavy compliance and audit requirements, a dangerous tendency toward exhaustive documentation is common. This workshop provides direct guidance and simple tools to help a document-heavy workplace think differently about documentation.

I have developed this workshop to help an organization reframe their understanding of documentation with respect to knowledge work in complex environments so that they may eliminate unnecessary artifacts and simplify/automate others.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

This is a hands-on, active workshop. Please expect to participate with a table-group.

Learning Outcome

Attendees will:

1. Reframe their understanding of documentation with respect to knowledge work in complex environments. (Documents are not truth. They are snapshots of current understanding. If not treated carefully, they create fiction not transparency.)

2. Reframe their understanding of 'implementation' — when does it occur in product development? (Hints: it isn't a phase or project milestone; it is every moment in which a decision is codified in *the product*.)

3. Compare the purpose of artifacts/documents produced pre and post implementation. (Documents pre-implementation do not represent decisions; they represent, at best, incomplete information. Documents created at-or-after the point of implementation have potential value but are frequently made obsolete with the next increment.)

4. Appraise commonly-used documents with respect to customer-value. (Documents are often produced because someone demanded they be done; but many documents are not the artifacts that any customer is willing to pay for. How might we focus on documentation which has actual value?)

5. Consider and describe ways each artifact may be eliminated or simplified. (Like eliminating a Business Requirements Document in favour of a flexible/dynamic Product Backlog, how might an Agile team simplify the design and production of necessary artifacts/documents.)

Target Audience

Business Analysts, Architects, Project Managers, Auditors, Product Managers, Delivery Managers, Quality Assurance Managers, Risk Managers, Software Engineers, and anyone new to Agile work.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Some exposure to Agile practices would be helpful, but not required.

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