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.