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Product Owner Key Skills

Product Owner Key Skills

Impact mapping, story mapping and valuable user stories

Course abstract

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.

About the workshop

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.

Join Gojko to learn several effective ways that industry-leading teams apply to make their user stories much more effective, how to ensure that things coming into your work stream are defined well, split to be small enough but valuable, and how to achieve the big benefits of adaptive planning and that you can expect from great user stories.

Program

Day 1

Morning:

  • 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.

Afternoon:

  • 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.

Day 2

Morning:

  • How to get good feedback from users and how to avoid misleading feedback
  • How to split the stories that are too big but difficult to slice
  • How to avoid technical stories.

Afternoon:

  • How to incorporate results of user research into release planning
  • How to use story maps to plan releases for larger pieces of work,
    when there is significant risk in releasing the wrong product so
    iterative improvements are not an option
  • How to facilitate story mapping workshops and avoid the most common
    problems with them.

What you will learn

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
  • Split the unsplittable stories, and ensure that work items are small but actually still valuable
  • Avoid getting stuck in technical stories.

Target audience

This is a training 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.
  • Analysts and Product owners will learn how to link between business sponsors and teams more effectively
  • 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.

F.A.Q.

Tools & Laptop: Do I need my laptop?
No, you won’t need your laptop to attend this workshop.

Entry requirements: Is there anything I need to do before the workshop?
No.

Teaching language: What language will this workshop be in?
This course will be taught in English.

How our tickets work

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Testimonials

Learning how to split the problem and perform tests and measurements as we have learned in this course can help companies of any size and nature!
Nunzio Fiore

A must have for anyone who run digital projects!
Fabio Fabbrucci

A well consolidated path through a great mix of group-work and real-life examples. Gojko is amazing and he’s able to simplify all attendees’ problems driving us to discuss and answer each other.
Nicola Grigoletti

Gojko Adzic

Gojko Adzic is a partner at Neuri Consulting LLP. He is the winner of the 2016 European Software Testing Outstanding Achievement Award, and the 2011 Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Award.
Gojko’s book Specification by Example won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012, and his blog won the UK Agile Award for the best online publication in 2010.

About the workshop

Language: The workshop will be held in English.
Time: from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm each day.
Venue: Pirelli Institute, Viale Fulvio Testi, 223, 20162, Milan (find out how to get to the Pirelli Institute here).
Laptop: No.
Dress code: Informal.
Included in the price: Two coffee breaks and lunch with the trainer and the other attendees are also included in this ticket… because networking matters :-)

How to get to Milan?

You can get to Milan City Centre by flying in to one of these three airports: Linate, Malpensa, and Bergamo Orio al Serio. Not bad, isn’t it? :-)

Check our Venue & Location Info Page and get it sorted! With plenty of handy information on accommodation, travel options, where to find the training venue, and much more!

N.B.

The workshop is subject to the confirmation of a minimum number of registered attendees. We’ll be sending a confirmation email to all registered attendees no later than one month prior to the workshop start date.

Questions? Drop us a line at info@avanscoperta.it.

Istituto Piero Pirelli - Venue and Directions

Learn more

Read the interview with Gojko Adzic on our blog: The Kingdom of Software!

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