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Introduction to Product Thinking for Agile Teams

Introduction to Product Thinking for Agile Teams - The advent of agile has helped teams increase delivery speed, increase quality, and increase overall productivity.

The advent of agile has helped teams increase delivery speed, increase quality, and increase overall productivity.

When a team transitions from waterfall to agile, it’s very common to still hang on to old ways of thinking.   One of the last hold-outs is typically keeping a “project” mindset, where everything has to be fit into a project structure.  This fits in with the “big planning up front” mentality, which is not agile at all.

While there will always be larger initiatives, it’s important for teams to transition to a “product” mindset, where testing every idea before implementation is part of the culture, and software isn’t just delivered and forgot about.  The value of the software that’s delivered should be measured and customer feedback actively sought, which then becomes feedback for new ideas.

In this course we’ll cover how to make the transition from project thinking, to product thinking.  We will also introduce techniques on measuring the customer value of features, along with how the software delivery process can be changed to support this new way of thinking.

Who Should Attend:

  • Project & Program Managers
  • Agile Project Managers
  • Scrum Masters
  • Product Owners
  • Business Analysts
  • Managers, Stakeholders

Outline of Introduction to Product Thinking for Agile Teams Workshop

Agile Overview

  • Definition
  • Scrum overview
  • XP overview
  • What agile is not

Product Thinking vs Project Thinking

  • Project definition
  • Attributes of project-based organizations
  • Product definition
  • Attributes of product-based organizations

Impact of Architecture and Software Development Practices

  • The draw backs of monolithic architecture
  • Microservices
  • Quality isn’t just for QA
  • TDD
  • BDD

Lean Startup

  • Purpose
  • Who is the customer?
  • Lean Canvas
  • Build-Measure-Learn
  • The MVP
  • Pivot of persevere
  • Development practices

Design Thinking

  • Definition
  • Empathize
  • Define the problem
  • Ideate
  • Prototype
  • Test

Applying Product Thinking to Agile

  • Self organization
  • Component teams vs feature teams
  • Dual track agile
  • Discovery phase
  • Implementation phase

DevOps

  • Principles
  • The value stream
  • Automate everything
  • Feedback loops
  • Tools
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