location_city Denver schedule May 29th 10:30 - 11:30 AM place Centennial B people 89 Interested

How do you prioritize complete randomness from every angle against the work that is mission critical? How do you keep your developers engaged while slogging through the worst maintenance project they have ever seen, while also helping them work on their passion projects? How do you get the fun stuff done while you work on the opposite, all while having the most impact for the team, the business, and your customers?

As a product manager, it is important to be able to find ways through the craziness, the passion, and the demands in order to make sure you are working on the right things at the right time. In my career, I have been asked to balance wild ideas, an open source community, required work, developer burnout, all while keeping a product backlog moving forward properly. I will talk about how I bring order to chaos using a framework called RICE and how you can apply this to the simplest or the most intense backlog using real world situations. I will also talk about how I have modified this framework to fit the real world, you know with deadlines and things.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Introduction
    • Discuss the normal problems of prioritizing in chaos
  • Discuss prioritization methods that some people use
  • Introduce RICe
  • Use the examples from prioritization methods to show how RICE helps prioritize those items
  • Talk about ways to add extras to this method (e.g. due dates, in progress, etc)
  • Closing and Q/A
    • Give a link to the example spreadsheet used in the presentation

Learning Outcome

Attendees will learn about the RICE framework for prioritization and will know how to apply it. They will also have an example spreadsheet that will allow them to implement this method right away.

Target Audience

Anyone who is struggling to find some sanity in the chaos that can be organizing priorities that are at conflict with each other.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Think about your todo list (or your team's). Are you having fun prioritizing that backlog of things to do? Is it working well? Does this system sort itself or do you have to do this manually?


schedule Submitted 2 years ago

  • Matt Bernier
    Matt Bernier
    schedule 2 years ago
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    120 Mins

    I will teach one way to journey from a customer-focused problem statement to a defined and scoped solution definition.

    By the end of the workshop, each team will have experience with:

    • Identifying our customer - "Who"
    • Defining a problem we want to solve for this customer - "Why"
    • Describing the journey the customer will take through our solution (UI/Journey Map)
    • Defining how we will enable the journey to happen (Story Map)
    • Defining milestones and deliverables