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The goal of this group is to create a community of Product Owners that develop and improve knowledge and skills by sharing and discussing tools, tricks, and experiences as well as providing help and recommendations to each other.

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Two Tools for Discovering and Understanding Your Customers

One essential skill of a Product Owner is to know the customers of your product (or the users of your application) so that you can lead your agile team in delighting them. We will examine two tools, Stakeholder Mapping and Impact Mapping, to help you identify your customers/users and determine how you should build solutions to positively impact them (and your business). Agenda: 6:30 - 7:00 Networking and Introductions 7:00 - 7:45 Presentation 7:45 - 8:00 Coaches Corner 8:00 - 8:30 Retrospective, Networking, Closing comments

User Stories Suck

UTD Design

The User Story concept was invented almost 20 years ago, it’s time for an update. This outdated process supports an old way of working focused on predictable requirements delivery instead of product discovery. Wouldn’t you like to know much earlier which features are not going to be valued by your market? We need techniques that shorten the feedback loop with customers, not stakeholders. We need to prioritize based on riskiest assumptions and iterate quickly through small experiments in order to (in)validate our ideas as fast as possible. In this session, you will work hands-on with new templates that define the work the team needs to execute while starting with the business objective and helping you identify your riskiest assumptions. You will also learn best practices for writing hypotheses and how to turn those into Minimal Viable Experiments. Learning Outcomes • Understand the difference between Discovery and Delivery • Learn to write Objectives, Hypotheses, and Experiments • Gain new techniques for prioritizing work based on riskiest assumptions Bio: Founder and Chief Agilist of Agile Velocity, David Hawks is a Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer who is passionate about helping organizations achieve true agility beyond the basic implementation of Agile practices. David’s primary focus is to guide leaders through their Agile transformation by helping to create successful transformation strategies and effectively manage organizational change with a focus on achieving real business results. Agenda: 6:30 - 7:00 Networking and Introductions 7:00 - 7:45 Presentation 7:45 - 8:00 Coaches Corner 8:00 - 8:30 Retrospective, Networking, Closing comments

Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference: Embracing Agile Principles

The idea of "agile transformation" sounds large and overwhelming. Let's chat about the 12 agile principles and how they can be applied, regardless of methodology or framework. For the interactive part of this presentation, please download the Kahoot app, or bring a device that can access Kahoot.it. Back to basics first-- a quick review of Agile Values and Principles, and then we'll brainstorm how to implement "bite-sized" changes at your own organization. Let's learn (and re-learn) how to be agile, even in a waterfall organization. Bio: Lesley Wallace is an Agile Coach, ScrumMaster, and quality advocate working at Slalom Dallas with over 15 years of experience in improving the customer experience. Her background includes 6 years in multiple agile roles and 10+ years in manual and automated testing. Lesley’s past Agile teams have utilized the Scrum and Kanban frameworks, with the occasional “Scrumban” to plan for external vendor and operational dependencies. Being agile means “doing the right thing” for the client, and she understands that flexibility, along with consistency, are key to successfully moving toward agility. Agenda: 6:30 - 7:00 Networking and Introductions 7:00 - 7:45 Presentation 7:45 - 8:00 Coaches Corner 8:00 - 8:30 Retrospective, Networking, Closing comments

Product Ownership

UTD Design

Agenda: 6:30 - 7:00 Networking and Introductions 7:00 - 7:45 Presentation 7:45 - 8:00 Coaches Corner 8:00 - 8:30 Retrospective, Networking, Closing comments

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Mike Anderson: Product Owners and the CIO

Slalom Consulting, LLC

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