07 - 09 November 2018

M Shed, Bristol

Session type:
Case Study

Session duration:
45 minutes

Presented by:

Adrian Howard


About this Case Study

Are you sick of seeing your team treated as a sausage machine for turning user stories into code? Can your developers only talk about how long something will take, or how exactly it will be built?

In this session, I’ll explore how to get your team focused on delivering customer value instead by:
  • asking questions that refine stories to deliver value more effectively, rather than estimating story points and technical tasks
  • building and refining backlogs around customer journeys, rather than breaking down epics into prioritised lists of stories
  • creating a culture of continuous discovery and experimentation, rather than delivering a fixed roadmap of features
This session directly addresses some common problems tech leads face in managing and estimating product backlogs. We’re giving specific methods that tech leads can take back to their teams to start dealing with those problems. More people are having to manage “non technical” discussions about customer value and this session offers a framework to help with those discussions.

You’ll also take home practices that will help your team focus on delivering customer value first.

About the Speaker

Adrian Howard helps organisations build effective teams and great products with quietstars.com. You'll find him working with companies of all sizes - combining team coaching and teaching with hands on UX and development work.

Adrian has more than 25 years' experience working as a developer, UX practitioner, team lead and coach. He regularly teaches and speaks on integrating lean, UX and agile methods. You'll find him ranting in a corner of the bar about how agile, business and UX folk need to play nice together. Be kind and buy him whisky.


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