03 - 04 November 2016
M Shed, Bristol, UK

Great discoveries of our time - some tips on running a better discovery

Lyndsay Prewer Equal Experts

Session type: Experience Report
Session duration: 45 minutes

About this Experience Report

This session shares some practices and recurring themes we’ve found improve a delivery’s discovery phase.

The first few weeks of a new delivery are critical, particularly if it’s a new client or newly formed team. Relationships and trust need to be built, knowledge and understanding needs to be acquired, and a clear vision needs to be established. Discovery phases also have the added pressure of not producing much tangible software at the end of them, which can make clients uneasy about what they’re actually getting for their money. Finally, there is the expectation that the discovery will answer the million-dollar question, when will the final product be delivered, and how much will it cost?

This session will step you through the what, how and why of various workshops we use to take us from successfully engaging with the client team to the collaborative delivery of a release weather-map. Common techniques that span all our workshops will also be illustrated.

Key takeaways

Workshops, techniques and underpinning behaviours for:

  • Engaging with and building trust with a new team/client
  • Quickly understanding the breadth and necessary depth of a new problem domain (from both a business and technology perspective)
  • What a release "weather-map" is and how to build one
  • How to quickly get to a view on the overall time and cost of a project/delivery

About the Speaker

Lyndsay is an Agile Delivery Consultant with over twenty years experience of helping developers, teams and organisations improve their software delivery. He's currently consulting with Equal Experts, at a variety of public and private sector clients. For more information, check out lyndsayp.com and equalexperts.com.


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