Presentation to 10Stories Meetup in Melbourne on 22nd May 2014.
When scaling agile within the enterprise, managing the competing priorities of senior stakeholders is often a challenge. Each stakeholder has their own agenda and determining the right thing for the organisation can be near impossible.
The thought of using many of our classic “agile facilitation techniques” with a room full of executives is enough to send many running for the hills. But the reality is, in the enterprise we need tools that inspire a collaborative mindset at all levels - it’s just not enough for the “teams to work differently”
Impact Mapping is a facilitation technique that brings technologists and senior stakeholders together to meaningfully to explore options. It exposes assumptions and helps shape a path from "We want everything" to "We want to to make these impacts in this order" avoiding the trap of "solutions looking for problems”. Impact Maps visualise “delivery scope in a way that is easy to evolve, reprioritise, grow and shrink as necessary to react to changed market opportunities or new knowledge.” (Gojko Adzic)
In particular, it engages the real decision makers in a collaborative style in short workshops that shape the path, providing the direction and validation required to then transition into the more low-level story based inception work.
In this session Em Campbell-Pretty and Mark Richards from Context Matters will provide an overview of how to create an Impact Map, share some real world examples of how impact mapping has helped support the delivery of software products and provide an opportunity for the audience to start using the tool!