Have you struggled to split user stories into small but valuable chunks? Do you have problems prioritising stories or getting a commitment from business stakeholders on what they want to achieve? Do you have issues deciding when a story is done or how many other stories you really need to achieve a business objective? Are you managing large amounts of stories that are problematic to estimate, prioritise or plan for? If so, join this interactive workshop and bring your product owners and business sponsors to learn how to get the most out of user stories.
Gojko Adzic will present several simple yet incredibly effective ways industry-leading teams apply to make their user stories much more effective. Come to learn how to ensure that things coming into your work stream are defined well, split to be small enough but valuable, and achieve the big benefits of adaptive planning and that you can expect from great user stories.
“I had the fortunate experience of attending Gojko Adzic’s workshop at Booster 2014 on improving user stories. I must say, that for me it was more like ‘radically rethinking the way you’re doing user stories’” Ørjan Taule
“Clearly loads of insight and value + well worth doing” – Rory MacDonald
“Enjoyable, interesting and useful course with engaging teacher”, Morven Ramsay
“Engaging, informative and energizing – it’s a must”, Rob Malcom
“Thought provoking! Inspired to try and implement the ideas in my team”, Gavin Bussey
“Amazing, totally reshapes my mind about user stories”, Ben Hughes, Equinox IT
Key Learning Points
This is a brand new seminar based on Gojko Adzic’s books Fifty Quick Ideas To Improve Your User Stories, Impact Mapping and years of experience helping teams deliver better software. After the workshop, you will know how to:
- Fight a huge backlog with 500 crap stories
- Prioritise with multiple competing stakeholders
- Avoid a user story stream of consciousness and create a big picture for prioritisation
- Establish a good reporting structure on outcomes rather than just monitoring velocity and activity
- Get agreement from the whole team and the business sponsors about which user stories are useful and which are just noise
- Enable business sponsors to benefit from flexible scope and avoid water-scrum-fall
- Effectively prioritise based on value
- Avoid pet features
- Run impact mapping sessions
This is a seminar for a broad audience of anyone involved in iterative (agile/lean/scrum/kanban) delivery with user stories.
- Business sponsors will learn how to ensure their organisation benefits more from agile team delivery capability, and how to steer product management and delivery better to achieve strategic goals faster.
- Analysts and Product owners will learn how to link between business sponsors and teams more effectively, how to select and prioritise stories and features to achieve better impacts
- Developers and testers will learn how to engage with business stakeholders and product owners to get better direction and focus delivery on things that really matter
- how to effectively work with a large existing backlog of stories (story card hell) with multiple competing stakeholders
- how to capture and describe real value with small user stories that just contribute to a larger picture
- how to measure progress better than with just story points and avoid mistaking activity for success
- how to avoid water-scrum-fall where too many things need to come together to make a release and it’s not easy to come up with small but valuable chunks
- how impact mapping can help facilitate the discussion around value and success
- how to run impact mapping sessions
- how to use impact maps to align competing stakeholders and for product discovery
Gojko Adzic is a strategic software delivery consultant who works with ambitious teams to align software delivery with business goals, and improve the quality of their software products and processes. Gojko specialises in are agile and lean quality improvement, in particular impact mapping, agile testing, specification by example and behaviour driven development.
Gojko’s book Specification by Example won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012. Gojko won the 2016 European Software Testing Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2011, he was voted by peers as the most influential agile testing professional, and his blog won the UK Agile Award for the best online publication in 2010.
Gojko is a frequent keynote speaker at leading software development conferences, and one of the authors of MindMup and Claudia.js.