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Agile Innovation: Refurbish your Backlogs

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How to deliver an intergalactic highway (apologies to Douglas Adams) in four easy steps. We present a way to refurbish backlogs. This way enables teams to make conscious decisions about what kind of …

How to deliver an intergalactic highway (apologies to Douglas Adams) in four easy steps. We present a way to refurbish backlogs. This way enables teams to make conscious decisions about what kind of work to focus on when. Help your teams to escape from the so disastrous and exhausting trap sprinting the backlog with an horizon of the next sprint only. New inspiring ideas, the feasibility and value of which are disputed, can thus mature smoothly to innovations on the road. No panic needed.

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  • 1. www.starstoroad.com 6 X 9 = 42? DONT PANIC - REFURBISH YOUR BACKLOGSMarkus Flückiger Pete JonesZühlke Engineering AG Phonak AGSchlieren, Switzerland Stäfa, Switzerlandmdf@zuehlke.com pete.jones@ieee.org
  • 2. www.starstoroad.comInsight Complex Innovation Humans
  • 3. www.starstoroad.com backlogs help1. Size 52. Size 8 current iteration3. Size 14. Size 35. Size 136. Size 137. Size 218. Size 89. Size 13 out of scope
  • 4. www.starstoroad.comHot spots sprint planning In some teams, a lot of discussion arise in sprint planning meetings: The team finds it difficult to estimate backlog items with story points.
  • 5. www.starstoroad.com Investigate That looks like a great idea. Grok We (intuitively) understand how we can profit from it Negotiate That’s how we are going to do itSprintplanning level Develop Now we’re ready to launch it
  • 6. www.starstoroad.comthree aspects to maturity The uncertainty whether the organisation is willing to build and sell a solution Decision Commercial TechnologyThe uncertainty about how The uncertainty about ifmuch revenue (if at all) can and how it can be solved be generated
  • 7. www.starstoroad.com Divergent maturity DecisionSituation A Commercial TechnologySituation B
  • 8. www.starstoroad.com e therrelease planning o Is ! blem n? o rtan imp on! t a rp lutio an i t’s m siss decisis Tha ther so We nes i Huge value add ano bus with presumingly F5 little work, this F7 add F2 F10 F6 Little value. F9 Maybe drop? F3 F4 F8 This only makes sense after F8 Prepare these, plan for a F1 ted be crea first solution without F5! e can o this alu ly, d V k c qui Phase1 Phase 2 Phase 3
  • 9. www.starstoroad.comto exploreto build
  • 10. www.starstoroad.com a refurbished back-log1. Size M current2. Size 8 iteration Does this3. Size 1 make sense?4. Size S5. Size 136. Size L7. Size XL8. Size 8 out of9. Size L scope
  • 11. www.starstoroad.com Grok the valueRisky (what to gain)UnknownsTight Resources Best solution (saves money!) Job well done
  • 12. www.starstoroad.comProduct Owner Grok the value (what to gain) Best solution (save money!) Ready to develop Job well done Development Team
  • 13. www.starstoroad.comProduct Owner Grok the value (what to gain) Best solution ( save money!) Job well done Development Team
  • 14. www.starstoroad.com Grok the value (what to gain) Best solution (save money!) Job well doneProduct Development Owner Team
  • 15. www.starstoroad.comProduct Owner Are your product owners ready to drive from stars to trees? Are your developers ready to negotiate from clouds to road? Development Team
  • 16. www.starstoroad.comStars to roadA simple concept of the maturity of an idea that fits agileapproachesBrings sanity into a project’s backlogsHow well do you cover the space between clouds andtrees?http://bit.ly/stars2road

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