Ellen Gottesdiener is an Agile Product Coach and CEO of EBG Consulting,
focused on helping product and development communities create valuable
outcomes through product agility. Ellen is known in the agile community as an
instigator and innovator for collaborative practices for agile product discovery and
using skilled facilitation to enable healthy teamwork and strong organizations.
She is an author of three books on product discovery and requirements including,
with Mary Gorman Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis, a
frequent speaker, and works with clients globally. In her spare time, she is
Producer of Boston’s Agile Product Open community and Director of Agile
Alliance’s Agile Product Management initiative. You can connect digitally via her
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Keynote Tag 1: "Amplify Discoveryto accelerate delivery"
Workshop Tag 1: "Product Backlog Refinement with structured conversations"
Keynote: Amplify Discovery to Accelerate Delivery
The agile community has made great strides in improving the quality and speed of product delivery, evolving toward continuous delivery. What about product discovery? Can we align continuous product discovery with continuous product delivery? Is it possible to overcome the immutable fact that product requirements are the source of so much uncertainty and waste? Can we balance satisfying customers with improving product viability through continuous product discovery?
In my work with many product and engineering organizations, I have learned some key principles and practices that enlighten and energize product discovery. These include setting product context, clarifying outcomes and validation tests, amplifying collaboration, using Structured Conversations with Discovery Boards, and injecting visual models - with and beyond stories and story maps - to build shared understanding of the product. Indeed, agile discovery can accelerate delivery and help build better high-value products.
Workshop: Product Backlog Refinement with Structured Conversations
One of the most challenging and trouble-prone aspects of agile product development is discovering the right product requirements to deliver at the right time, for the right customer, and refining them for delivery. This session will share a common sense, tested approach for defining and refining backlog items so they are “ready” to get to “done”.
Explore how refinement is crucial to smooth flow, shared understanding, and healthy product development team. Learn how refining backlog items using Structured Conversations with the 7 Product Dimensions enables you to slice (a.k.a. split) backlog items while deeply enhancing teams’ domain knowledge. Participate in an activity to deepen your understanding of the dimensions and the questions they surface. See examples showing how visual models in facilitated discovery sessions enable you to efficiently explore, evaluate, and confirm achieving a shared understanding of refined backlog items ready for implementation.