Half Day Workshop - John Ferguson Smart's Low Tech High Impact Sprint Planning



John Ferguson Smart

in association with TechMeetup.Space

Low Tech High Impact Sprint Planning

For Product Owners, Project Leads, Business Analysts, Test Managers, and any team wanting to deliver software that truly delights the customer ..... sooner!

Participate in this intense half-day workshop to learn how team dynamics work, with a set of simple, easy to learn practices that can be used during sprint planning to build shared understanding!

Workshops Start 09:00 or 14:00


The best software is delivered by engaged and creative teams with a deep understanding of business needs. But this doesn’t happen by accident! All Agile teams work together to understand what needs to be done for each story. But somehow, despite all our best intentions, requirements can still get misunderstood or mislaid, bugs slip into the code, and users are left less than impressed. We can do better!

The good news is that there is a number of simple easy-to-learn practices that can put you on the right track!

In this workshop, you will learn how high-performing dynamic teams use pre-planning and sprint planning to build clear understanding, and practical and pragmatic techniques, drawn from the world of Behaviour Driven Development (BDD), that will have your team defining great acceptance criteria, and delivering great features, in record time.

You will learn:

How to use Example Mapping and Feature Mapping to give teams a deep understanding of business needs in record time

Where requirements discovery workshops fit into the Agile and BDD workflow

How team dynamics, rules and ceremonies affect individual and group creativity, and how to structure your team activities to maximise creativity, innovation and shared understanding

How to apply simple and pragmatic techniques to build a thorough, critical, and shared understanding of each story;

How to significantly reduce the risks of inconsistent, misunderstood or forgotten requirements;

How to get through sprint planning sessions faster;

How to lay the groundwork for smoother and quicker automated acceptance testing;

And how to deliver software that will delight the customer and bring value to the business!

Topics Covered

The workshop is deeply practical, more coaching than traditional training, with an emphasis on real-world applications. Where possible, examples and exercises will be drawn from actual client projects.

The key topics covered will include:

Design Thinking and breadth-first requirements discovery;

Broad brush and thin brush – when to apply different requirements discovery practices;

Running Effective Requirements Discovery workshops, including Example Mapping and Feature Mapping;

Identifying key scenarios and business rules quickly and efficiently;

Writing Acceptance Criteria that serve the whole team;

A roadmap for full BDD adoption.

Why your team needs this workshop

This workshop is about helping your team deliver valuable software sooner, by building a deep understanding of the stories they are implementing and the business goals they need to accomplish.

If you are not practicing Behaviour Driven Development (or have never heard of BDD!), this workshop is an excellent and cost-effective way to get started. And if you are already practicing BDD, this workshop will hone and accelerate your requirements discovery activities with techniques like Example Mapping and Feature Mapping.

You can learn more about some of the ideas underlying this workshop in John's article Broad brushes and narrow brushes: there’s more to BDD than Given/When/Then


In addition to the extreme benefits of attending this workshop, you will also receive priority entry to John's meetup on the evening of Tuesday 5th September The Creativity Conundrum


Save even more by booking seats for John's morning seminar on Tuesday 5th September - Bringing Requirements Discovery and QA Together to Deliver Software that makes a Difference


  • Buy today and receive a guest seat for John's evening meetup The Creativity Conundrum - Limited Availability!
  • Buy two seats and save €48 - buy three and save €72
  • Buy four seats and save €148 - and an additional €37 for each extra seat
  • Buy today and receive a guest seat for John's evening meetup The Creativity Conundrum - Limited Availability!
  • Buy two seats and save €48 - buy three and save €72
  • Buy four seats and save €148 - and an additional €37 for each extra seat
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