Christian Hassa, managing partner at TechTalk, Austria will tell us about his experience on applying agile requirement engineering practices (and particularly Story Maps) in real (even fix price!) projects.
After the presentation (and the free pizza), we will have time for a longer Q&A, so he can explain how easy is to introduce such methods at a non-agile customer, what are the benefits and the key challenges... or whatever you are interested in.
Story Maps in practice: enable early feedback to build what really matters
Build – Measure – Learn is one of the most important mechanisms of agile software development. However, this mechanism is often crippled in nowadays projects, where traditional approaches of requirements gathering are bloating up product backlogs that cannot be prioritized anymore in a meaningful way. The results are customers not interested in iteration results, release to production that happens only at the end of the project, and feedback from customers when it is already too late and the budget is burned up.
Story mapping is a method that aligns user stories along desirable outcomes, so that customers can give sooner meaningful feedback, and release to production can happen earlier. The method helps slicing and prioritizing user stories, and addresses the product design aspect that is missing when just working with a product backlog. The method is highly visual and facilitates shared product ownership among product owner, team and customer.
This presentation provide an introduction to the concept of story mapping, with examples and experience gathered in own projects.
About Christian Hassa: Christian is specializing in agile requirements engineering methods, particularly story mapping and specification-by-example. He is working since several years as Product Owner and Scrum Coach, mainly in the public and financial sector. As managing partner at TechTalk, a .NET services and consulting company focusing on agile delivery, his role is leading the evolvement of methodology and practices and facilitating their application in projects and at clients.
The event is sponsored by TechTalk Hungary (http://www.techtalk.hu).