This course is an applied workshop with hands on practice, in your environment, to create a backlog from product vision concept to first sprint.
This course will teach how to envision a product and drive out good requirements that can be prioritized to reduce project risk and maximize return on investment. The course will start from the beginning of a business need and derive the project vision, roadmap, release plan, and sprint-ready requirements in the form of user stories. Vertical slicing, prioritization, estimation and right-sizing requirements will be thoroughly practiced through a series of exercises. Common pitfalls and techniques to avoid those pitfalls will be thoroughly explored with multiple hands on exercises. The objective of this class is to train you to be effective and maximize ROI for an agile Scrum project.
Section 1: Identify Product Vision
Differentiating product ownership from product management and project ownership
Overview of the case study
Create a product vision using the elevator pitch template
Section 2: Identify Strategies to Enact the Vision
Identify top strategies that will enact the vision using risk and uncertainty
Value and order the strategies
Baseline strategy metrics and goals
Create business model canvas for the top strategy
Determine acceptable tactics and release goals based on prior exercises.
Section 3: Identify Large Grained Stories and Their Value
Create a product road map
Identify top large grained stories
Lecture on use of MoSCoW, value points, metrics, trees, personas, dependencies
Value stories using value points and other mechanisms
Section 4: Story Mapping to Identify Releases and a Walking Skeleton
Create story map and identify walking skeleton
Simplification of product (Picasso’s bull) to grow the product
Section 5: Break down first projected sprints’ stories
Definition of Done part 1
Story identification and breakdown working session (grooming)
Backlog refinement with acceptance criteria
Definition of Done refinement
Section 6: Common Pain Points
Story sizing, when it’s too soon or too much
Refactoring of bad stories
Backlog refinement – too little and too much
The use of agile as an approach to managing projects has been increasing dramatically over the last several years. Gartner predicts that by the end of 2012, agile development methods will be used on 80% of all software development projects. PMI’s research has shown that the use of agile has tripled from December 2008 to May 2012.
Over and over, students in various agile courses have said that the most difficult thing after scrum training is determining the right level for user stories and creating an actionable product backlog. This workshop directly addresses that issue with practice from product vision to prioritized backlog – in your environment for private classes and a canned exercise for public courses.
• Ensure your project delivers required functionality and adds value to the business
• Understand the purpose and application of product vision and roadmap
• Understand how to apply vertical slicing to stories in order to emerge a holistic product
• Gain an applied understanding and practice for good User Acceptance Criteria.
• Grooming the Product Backlog, writing User Acceptance Criteria, and identifying common pitfalls when developing the product backlog are all discussed and practiced.
A foundational understanding of Scrum is necessary to get the most out of this course.
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