How to use value in order to drive collaboration

In today's Agile teams, developers are often isolated from the business and separated from the value of their work.  The collaboration is missing and, as a result, subpar products are delivered and business opportunities are missed.  

This session is a step-by-step tutorial on how to use your value to bring teams and business to a higher level of collaboration.  After the session, you will be equipped with concrete tips to get your teams to own the product and care for their work. 


Outline/Structure of the Tutorial

* Exercise to generate empathy toward developers that are simply told what to do.

* Definition of value and context of the tutorial

* Tips to introduce the team to needs and value

* Tips to increase team engagement through value

* Review & Questions

Learning Outcome

A series of concrete tips that can be directly applied to current projects.  The emphasis is on concrete actions that will deepen the conversation around the user and his needs.

Target Audience

Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Developpers


schedule Submitted 4 years ago

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