Outcome Over Output : Don't Be a Backlog Lumberjack !

As agile movement sweep across the industry many organizations have started practicing different agile frameworks. As they go through these agile transformations, quite often their focus is on implementing the different elements of framework  and using measures like velocities, story points and burn down charts to measure the progress of the teams and forget the core purpose on why they switched to agile way of working in first place turning these teams into user story machines and their team members into backlog lumberjacks.

A successful agile team is not about how many stories they can finish or how frequently they release to production but rather more about hypothesis validation and learning from the users and their behaviors.

Through story telling  Kalpesh will talk about the real essence of going agile and how NOT to turn your teams into backlog lumberjacks.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Introduction
  • "Have you built a feature" (interactive)
  • Story: "We want to build things faster"
  • What is being Agile?
  • Opening the boundaries of SCRUM Framework
  • Share interesting facts & stats about teams understanding of Product & Purpose
  • Story: Where does innovation happen?
  • Be Maniacal about Data
  • You are all Super Heroes
  • You Need to Know More than Just Acceptance Criteria
  • User Hours
  • New Skill you need!
  • Don't Be a Backlog Lumberjack


Learning Outcome

  • Team members will learn the most important goal of an agile team i.e "Speed of learning" and "applying that learning"
  • Product Owners will learn how being a great product owner isn't just about writing perfect user stories or creating a healthy backlog but about bringing teams close to the user or the "problem they are trying to solve"
  • Scrum Masters or Agile Managers will learn that a great agile team isn’t measured by story points, burn-downs or velocities but instead are measured by "velocity of learning"
  • Leaders & Executives will learn how in an agile organization and for Agile teams its less about managing and more about mentoring

Target Audience

Team Members, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Product Managers, Leaders, Executives, Agile Coaches

schedule Submitted 3 years ago