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ACE (@AgileEx) Vertical Slicing Workshop with Matt Roadnight

Matt Roadnight from SprintAgile


Although I am a Scrum trainer I spend much of my time coaching teams, I’m always looking at ways to bring concepts to life through hands on workshops, providing tools and techniques that people can apply in their own context.


Many of the teams I have coached in the past gain their greatest benefits through good preparation prior to implementing features in the product. You may have heard this referred to as backlog grooming, backlog refinement or getting backlog items ready. A key part of this is getting some of the team members spending some of their time working ahead, for the team, to vertically slice features.
Done well this is the foundation for Agile teams building a coherent product that focuses on the highest value work, enables them to work at a sustainable pace, complete backlog items in a sprint and hit deadlines though clear alignment with their business sponsors.


This will be a hands on session for the attendees to work in small groups (4 to 7). We will work through an exercise that will take a feature for an online digital product, through role playing the team will explore and apply a number of slicing techniques and tools to increase group understanding and break down the work.
I have successfully used these tools and techniques on a number of coaching engagements; they should also apply to your daily work. I will also make this exercise available through creative commons, if you find it useful you could use it again in your coaching.
Stuart Young from Illustration Station will be graphically recording the session using live drawing techniques.

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  • Ekua

    It was a good introduction to vertical slicing.

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • Rex L.

    Thanks I now have more than one story splitting strategy

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great event. ....learnt lots. ..

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Spencer W.

    Great event - would love a link to the slides please?

    January 23, 2014

  • Amaad Q.

    Loved speaking to my fellow ACE members, probably learnt more from them then the speaker :-)

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative and exciting. ..see you soon. .a great evening. ..I learnt a lot, great People. ....a good night.

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Vivian D.

    I hadn't realized I already do 'vertical slicing' when defining product releases so it was good to match the naming convention with practical experience. I appreciated the overview of different approaches in slicing as well as a structured methodology to teach others how to make thin and fat slices. Thanks to ACE and Matt for making it a great evening.

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Maryam B.

    Thanks to the organizers and Matt for a very informative session. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Richard H.

    Can we get links to the slide deck and the artefacts?

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Malcolm L.

    Sorry I could not attend. It looks like I have missed out on a good session.

    January 23, 2014

  • Shraddha N.

    Stuck at work, won't be able to make it. Hope to make it for the next one

    January 22, 2014

  • Umar J.

    I won't be able to make it tonight, I hope you all have an insightful session.

    January 22, 2014

  • Med B.

    Glad to see one of the attendees mentioned DSDM from the 1990s. I was quite the expert at DSDM and SSADM. But of course requirements for skills and skill sets have been watered down since.

    January 22, 2014

  • Richard H.

    I'm a first-timer to this meetup/venue. What's the local parking like?

    January 22, 2014

    • Benjamin C.

      Hi Richard, I'm not a driver but you might find parking available on Mornington Terrace or Albert street, these are two mainly residential roads behind Greater London House. If in doubt check Camden council's parking website here: http://maps.camden.go...­

      January 22, 2014

    • Richard H.

      Thanks for that. Appreciated.

      January 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am new to this methodology. ...hopinf to network and learn a lot from the experienced.

    January 22, 2014

  • Steff L.

    Shame, I am not able to make tomorrow

    January 21, 2014

  • Miles T.

    Off to Australia tomorrow, still haven't packed! Doh.

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Jodi W.

    I am doubly booked, and not happy about it. Looking forward to the live drawing of the event.. unusual!

    January 21, 2014

    • Jodi W.

      Actually.. if I may be a maybe? other booking is ever so slightly earlier so might be able to make the latter part of this

      January 21, 2014

  • Vivian D.

    Looking forward to tomorrow's session.

    January 21, 2014

  • Jodi W.

    Cool.. because I can't carve at all well ;) #wontbecuttingtheturkey

    1 · December 20, 2013

    • Benjamin C.

      Electric carving knife all the way Russell...

      December 20, 2013

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