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Agile Product Development Workshop



The slides from my CMU / IW - i6 Agile Product Development Workshop.

The slides from my CMU / IW - i6 Agile Product Development Workshop.



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  • Agile Product Development Workshop June 23, 2011 Sean Ammirati Adjunct Professor, Carnegie Mellon UniversityThursday, June 23, 2011
  • “Launch early enough to be embarrassed by your product’s first version” Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder & Chairman LinkedIn Source: Reid Hoffman - Rules for Entreprenuers SXSW 2012, June 23, 2011
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  • “Demo or Die” Image Source:, June 23, 2011
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  • Agenda • Quick Review from Lean Startup Workshop • Key Scrum Themes • Scrum Values • Panel: Ian Paterson & Steve FleckThursday, June 23, 2011
  • Customer Development + Today’s Focus Agile Product Development = The Lean StartupThursday, June 23, 2011
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  • Scrum is ... Scrum is an iterative, incremental framework for project management often seen in agile software development, a type of software engineering. Although the Scrum approach was originally suggested for managing product development projects, its use has focused on the management of software development projects, and it can be used to run software maintenance teams or as a general project/ program management approach., June 23, 2011
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  • “If engineering practices are candy bars, then Scrum is a candy bar wrapper. That is to say that Scrum is superimposed on and encapsulated on whatever engineering practices already exist.” Pg 57 - Agile Software Development with ScrumThursday, June 23, 2011
  • Scrum This will be unique for each of you based on your team, type of solution being developed and personal preferences. Engineering Could be: XP, Feature Driven Development, Crystal, Kanban or any Practices other process your engineering team is comfortable with. (often pull aspects from each)Thursday, June 23, 2011
  • Why we focus on Scrum? • Firsthand observed it transform & improve my last software company - mSpoke • Being used at some of the largest technology companies in the world today (Google,Yahoo!, Adobe, etc ...) • Provides a great framework for entire team to understand what is going on. • Disclaimer: Still hard to build technology and not a silver bulletThursday, June 23, 2011
  • Key Themes from ScrumThursday, June 23, 2011
  • Scrum Process Source:­‐process-­‐sprint-­‐agile-­‐software-­‐methodology.aspx  Thursday, June 23, 2011
  • Tips / Tricks on Implementing Scrum • Important for everyone to buy in and get familiar with vocabulary • Tools for implementing scrum (not necessary): • Scrumworks - • Version One - • Rally Software - • Google Doc Template - id=0AoBzAQ22ynH5dEpRRkNBVGRCVU1HMmk2enBMYUZZSGc&mode=public • 10 More Free Scrum Tools -, June 23, 2011
  • Product Backlog • Prioritized list or queue of requirements • Rough Estimates of level of effort to complete (not all estimates need to be equally thorough / higher priority can be more thorough) • Ultimately Product Owner sets the priority • Any one (customer, employee, board member, advisor) can add to product backlog • Should be shared with the full-teamThursday, June 23, 2011
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  • Tools / Tips for Product Backlog • Everyone on team should easily be able to see the backlog • I’ve found one “administrator” helpful logistically • If not using a full scrum tool, you can do this easily in a shared spreadsheet (eg Google Docs)Thursday, June 23, 2011
  • Time Box / Sprint • Each sprint: • Lasts a defined number of days (time box) • Has a specific set of requirements from backlog allocated to it (defined during “sprint planning meeting”) • Has specific goals for the team to achieve (set up front) - “sprint goal”Thursday, June 23, 2011
  • Release Sprints • In my experience, release sprints have been quite helpful. • However, continuous deployment is becoming popular in some circles (Eric Ries • If you do continuous deployment, Scrum still integrates fine to manage process ( practices-in-scrum/)Thursday, June 23, 2011
  • Tasks for a Sprint Backlog • Based on the sprint goal - a list of tasks are created • Task estimates should be roughly 4 - 16 hours of work • Sometimes only a partial sprint backlog can be created (ie: if one task is define an internal architecture) - in this case leave reminders and estimate as soon as possibleThursday, June 23, 2011
  • Estimates • All estimates are forward looking • How much will it take to complete this feature / requirement? • Increasing an estimate based on learned complexity is accepted by the team • Sprint backlog estimates should be updated regularlyThursday, June 23, 2011
  • Velocity / Burn Down • The average decrease in estimates for the total effort / time remaining is a sprint’s velocity • Overtime velocity becomes very helpful for planning purposes • The chart showing daily total of time remaining is called a burn down chart or sprint’s signatureThursday, June 23, 2011
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  • Daily Scrum • Each Day Team Meets to have each team member report: • What have you done since the last daily scrum? • What will you work on between now and the next daily scrum? • What got in your way of doing work? • Many very startups find “daily” to be overkill because of the small nature of the team- but regular communication still keyThursday, June 23, 2011
  • Sprint Review • At the end of the sprint, the team demonstrates what they have built • Compares against the sprint’s goals • Retrospective to look for improvements at the end of the sprintThursday, June 23, 2011
  • Sprint Review Jeff Sutherland discusses Demo or Die & the Sprint Review, June 23, 2011
  • Five Scrum Values • Commitment • Focus • Openness • Respect • Courage Image Source:, June 23, 2011
  • Four Letter Words @ 37 Signals • Need They are especially dangerous • Must when you string them together. • Can’t How many times have you said or heard something like this: • Easy • Just “We really need it. If we don’t we can’t make the customer happy. • Only Wouldn’t it be easy if we just did it like that? Can you try it real fast?” • Fast Source:, June 23, 2011
  • Steve Fleck & Ian PatersonThursday, June 23, 2011