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—regardless of how they are represented in your product backlog—so they are “ready” to get to “done”.

Explore how refinement is crucial to smooth flow, strong team collaboration, and healthy product development. Learn how refining backlog items using Structured Conversations with the 7 Product Dimensions enables you to slice backlog items while deeply enhancing teams’ domain knowledge. Participate in activities 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 build a shared understanding of product needs. Leave with a set of useful questions along with example visual models you can use to conduct efficient and effective backlog refinement.

You will learn to:

  • [+] Understand the importance of refinement—and the traps of relying on user stories (or the like), alone
  • [+] Appreciate how Structured Conversations energize and engage product partners and increase shared understanding
  • [+] Consider how discovery sessions using visual models with the 7 Product Dimensions amplifies discovery to accelerate delivery

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Location: Sessions Date: November 13, 2020 Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Ellen Gottesdiener
President • EBG Consulting