Handling Complexity of Inception Phases

A 60 minute Case Study by:

Marcel Britsch

Equal Experts

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About this Case Study

Taking as examples a real greenfield and brownfield project the talk describes how agile delivery can address the challenge of getting quickly to grips with complex project domains by using a range of lean tools and techniques as part of a structured inception phase.

In case of the greenfield project the goal was to build sufficient understanding to be able to define a valuable and realistic release1 (MVP) roadmap, while in the case of the brownfield project, the challenge was more in terms of decomposing / splitting an existing monolithic application in the right way.

Besides illustrating how these challenges were addressed in practice, this talk will outline a generic inception framework and suggest a range of techniques, tools and methodologies out of which agile project teams can 'compose' a skeleton framework to address the challenges they face in their projects, always - of course - with the key goal in mind of delivering value early while staying close to user and business, and focus on keeping quality high, mitigate risks continuously, and build a trusted relationship with our clients.

About the Speaker

Marcel Britsch is an independent Digital Consultant, Product Owner and Business Analyst; born in Germany he has been living and working in London for over 15 years. He has worked with creatively and technically focused agencies and all sorts of clients across a wide variety of industry sectors including retail, automotive, finance, medical and energy.

He believes that project success is strongly linked to happy teams, value-focused decision-making and fast feedback cycles. As part of his role he is passionate about finding the best tools and techniques to optimise team culture, ways of working and solution design. He considers projects that follow classic waterfall / big-design-up-front practices to be too likely to be doomed to go anywhere near them, and will also stay away from transformation projects that are solely based on coaching. But has and will happily help organisations transform via practical involvement and by example.

Outside of work he is interested in SciFi and comic books, Theravada Buddhist meditation and number theory. He is currently working with Equal Experts, and can be best contacted via thedigitalbusinessanalyst.com or linkedin.com/in/marcelbritsch

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