What You Will Learn
Through original content, interactive simulations, and real-world case studies you will learn how to:
- Establish a powerful vision that inspires your product team
- Apply the right frameworks to identify and align with the needs of your core customers
- Create high-impact features that maximize value while minimizing time-to-market and risk
- Deliver incremental value by leveraging the appropriate blend of the Scrum framework and modern product management practices
- Keep stakeholders engaged with collaborative frameworks for roadmapping and iterative release plans
Product Vision – A clear, shared vision is crucial for successful Scrum and Agile teams. We’ll walk through techniques to help unify your team, stakeholders, and customers around the right vision for your product or service.
Prune the Product Tree – Roadmaps are an important link between Product Vision and the Product Backlog. Unfortunately, many roadmaps are not much more than a slide with dates and bullet pointed features, which doesn’t provide any context. Learn how to use the Prune the Product Tree, an Innovation Game®, to collaborate with customers to build a real roadmap.
Product Backlog Basics – Learn the simple rules associated with a Product Backlog as well as a set of key practices for using a Product Backlog to develop consensus among the stakeholders on what will be delivered. Other topics we cover include:
- Writing User Stories
- Acceptance Criteria
- Vertically Slicing User Stories
- Product Backlog Refinement
Ordering the Product Backlog – The core of the Product Owner’s job is to order and prioritize among the many great things we could do and help the Development Team focus only on what is most important. Many traditional prioritization techniques are too slow for most Scrum Teams, so many Product Owners order the Product Backlog solely on intuition or by responding to the currently squeaky wheel. Learn a prioritization framework that helps you visualize the relative importance of your customer segments, internal & external stakeholders, corporate strategy, and maintain clean code.
Agile Release Planning – Believe it or not, we’ve heard many times the misinformed statement: “We’re Agile, so we don’t really plan.” Not only is this inconsistent with the Agile Manifesto, it is usually just bad business. In our experience, the best Scrum teams create a plan and expect it to change as work begins!
- Learn the nuts and bolts of managing stakeholder expectations with an Agile release plan
- Learn how and when to it makes sense to update the release plan
Working in Sprints – the Product Owner role doesn’t end once the Product Backlog is ready for Sprint Planning. Your team will be most effective if you are available during the Sprint to provide feedback at key points.
- Learn how the Product Owner works with Development Teams during the Sprint
- Explore best practices in balancing time among the Development Team, stakeholders, and customers