Product Owner Snow & The Seven Angry Dwarfs…
Many people must have fallen out of their chair when they read the title of my talk that was accepted for the Agile 2012 Conference. I am so very excited to speak to the world about this topic. Here is the background information:
Product Owner Snow loves her job, but hates that seven little stakeholders are constantly trying to manipulate the backlog and stick their finger in her pie. She is always willing to do what it takes to help others be happy, but she is no pushover.
In today’s Agile climate, people always have a say as to which items should be included as part of a release, sprint, or any other form of incremental delivery. The bigger problem is when you have multiple people trying to drive the direction of the product and they all have a different idea of what should be the most important thing to work on.
The even greater difficulty involves the executives attempts to have predictability as to what work will make it into the 90 day release cycle. While they endorse Agile and believe and enjoy the ability to inspect and adapt, they still need some sense of confidence and predictability in what will be included. Traditional release planning processes for long term, (longer than a couple of iterations out), are normally performed way too late in the process and in general are 30-40% accurate. This accuracy rate and the amount of time to get these estimates is simply unacceptable.
I invented Rapid Release Planning back in 2008 after years of research and a culmination of teaching methods taught by other Agile professionals. To quote Kenneth Rubin in his book Essential Scrum, we need to define and get to ready. There is a certain amount of planning and preparation that goes into baking the perfect pie, (backlog). My session on Thursday will teach you to assess the use of Business Priority, MoSCoW, T-Shirt Sizing, Gut Instinct Story Mapping, Dependency Identification, and Team Collaboration to yield a result that has proven to be 80-85% accurate and can be done for hundreds of stories in under an hour! I hope you all REALLY enjoy the workshop and I am looking forward to your feedback!