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Modern Project Toolbox

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Agile is defined by an open development process driven by collaboration. But you know that collaboration is not always an easy process and in a lot of cases you need to come up with creative ways of establishing and supporting it. By that reason Agile community was very busy in the last decade coming up with new and innovative tools to boost collaboration on different aspects of development and planning - Story Mapping, Impact Mapping, Example Mapping, Risk Brainstorming, Three Amigos workshop, Stakeholder Mapping, Event Storming, etc. There’s a lot of tools. But how do all they fit together and when should you use one or another in the wider context of a project delivery?

This is a very practical talk that will attempt to group and present modern Agile tools in the context of project delivery and will provide guidance recommendations for their use.

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Modern Project Toolbox

  1. 1. Modern Project Toolbox
  2. 2. @everzet communication designer
  3. 3. http://StakeholderWhisperer.com
  4. 4. @INVIQA
  5. 5. Collaborative Decision Making
  6. 6. Individuals & Interactions over Processes & Tools
  7. 7. Workshops over
  8. 8. Chair taming sessions
  9. 9. Navigating over Driving
  10. 10. Deliberate Discovery over Pre-project Discovery
  11. 11. Confidence over Predictability
  12. 12. General tips 4 Unconstrained space, Sticky Notes, Sharpies 4 Enforce conversation through Sticky Notes 4 Diverge / Converge 4 Collab artefacts & documentation
  13. 13. Decision Making Framework 1. Surface Context 2. Expose Constraints 3. Explore Options 4. Form Strategy to Deliver
  14. 14. 1. Context
  15. 15. Stakeholder Mapping
  16. 16. Making it work 1. Invite stakeholders you know 2. Draw the layout 3. Name everyone worth naming 4. Arrange names accordingly 5. Decide engagement strategies
  17. 17. Metric Modelling
  18. 18. Making it work 1. Invite department owners or skilled reps 2. Brainstorm metrics that drive people (using color- coding) 3. Arrange metrics into hierarchy 4. Drive connections between meters 5. Prioritize and decide on monitoring
  19. 19. Strategic Event Storming
  20. 20. Making it work 1. Invite department owners or skilled reps 2. Blue-tack the roll of paper onto the wall 3. Describe the flow of events 4. Put the first event in the center 5. Ask people to fill the gaps
  21. 21. Honourable mentions 4 Stakeholder Interviews 4 Persona Development 4 Analytics & Data Mining 4 Feature Mapping 4 Brand workshops 4 User Journey Analysis
  22. 22. 2. Constraints
  23. 23. Risk Discovery Workshop
  24. 24. Legend 4 Red - catastrophic outcome 4 Yellow - scenario 4 Gray - root cause
  25. 25. Making it work 1. Invite department owners or skilled reps 2. Brainstorm catastrophic outcomes 3. Brainstorm scenarios 4. Identify root causes
  26. 26. Business Goal Definition
  27. 27. Making it work 1. Invite Product Sponsor 2. Bring the Metric Map 3. Draw the layout 4. Ask people to move metrics into the layout 5. Limit metrics to 3-5 per milestone 6. Add readings
  28. 28. Skills Mapping
  29. 29. Legend 4 0 - What is it? 4 1 - Can Read 4 2 - Can Write 4 3 - Can Teach
  30. 30. Making it work 1. Invite department owners or skilled reps 2. Define the initiative or milestone you're working on 3. Brainstorm skills required to deliver it 4. Ask teams/employees fill their level
  31. 31. Honourable mentions 4 Initiative Mapping 4 Value Stream Mapping 4 Integration Mapping 4 Budget Workshop
  32. 32. 3. Options
  33. 33. Impact Mapping
  34. 34. Making it work 1. Invite Product Owner, allow stakeholders to dip in 2. Put the initiative or milestone in the center 3. Brainstorm actors 4. Brainstorm impacts 5. Prioritise actors/impacts 6. Explore capabilities enabling impacts
  35. 35. Event Storming
  36. 36. Legend 4 Yellow - event 4 Blue - command 4 Purple - rule
  37. 37. Making it work 1. Choose area to focus on 2. Invite department owners or skilled reps for that area 3. Blue-tack the roll of paper onto the wall 4. Storm events 5. Identify commands 6. Explore rules
  38. 38. Honourable mentions 4 Platform demos 4 Prototyping 4 Wire-framing
  39. 39. 4. Delivery Strategy
  40. 40. User Story Mapping
  41. 41. Legend 4 Blue - topic 4 Green - activity 4 Yellow - sticky note
  42. 42. Making it work 1. Invite Product Owner, allow stakeholders to dip in 2. Brainstorm activities 3. Arrange activities into the timeline, fill the gaps 4. Highlight topics 5. Brainstorm capabilities on the board 6. Plan the first release
  43. 43. Example Mapping
  44. 44. Legend 4 Yellow - story 4 Blue - rule 4 Green - example 4 Red - question without answer
  45. 45. Making it work 1. Ask Product Owner to prepare stories for the workshop 2. Invite three amigos (and UX and integration partners) 3. Ask Product Owner to map rules he is aware of 4. Start writing examples in "The one where ..." format
  46. 46. Honourable mentions 4 Demand Mapping 4 Estimation
  47. 47. That's a lot of time spent talking!
  48. 48. Costs of rewriting code over Costs of doing workshop
  49. 49. Feedback loops define software costs
  50. 50. Workshops are a cheapest way to close particular feedback loops
  51. 51. Thank you!

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