Saturday Workshop - Low Tech High Impact Sprint Planning with John Ferguson Smart
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 one-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!
Light Breakfast 08:00 / Workshop 08:30
The best software is delivered by teams with a deep understanding of business needs, and a creative drive to find innovative, effective solutions to business problems. But this doesn’t happen by accident, and cannot be left to chance! Great teams take advantage of team dynamics and rigorous practices to make it so.
The good news is that there are a number of simple practices that can put you on the right track. And it all starts during sprint planning.
This workshop will help you understand how these team dynamics work, and gives you a set of simple, easy to learn practices that they can use during sprint planning to build this shared understanding, and deliver software that delights the customer sooner!
All Agile teams work together to understand what needs to be done for each story. But somehow, despite all our best intentions, requirements still get misunderstood or mislaid, bugs slip into the code, and users are left less than impressed. We can do better!
In this workshop, you will learn 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 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!
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 Thursday 8th June (details).