This interactive and engaging training teaches you how to use agile planning and analysis practices to continually deliver high-value products. Integrated workshop exercises give you hands-on experience in holistically analyzing product needs (requirements) and making just-in-time decisions on which product needs to deliver next. The practices you learn provide powerful insights into requirements and ways to optimize agile planning.

You learn how to amplify the benefits of agile delivery by “slicing” requirements based on value. Learn a variety of collaborative and visually rich techniques that creatively engage stakeholders as “product partners.”  Experience how to use “structured conversations” to explore, evaluate, and confirm product options using the 7 Product Dimensions to holistically incorporate functional and nonfunctional requirements. Leverage a variety of interrelated analysis models to enhance conversations. Utilize a variety of techniques to specify clear, unambiguous acceptance criteria to confirm—verify and validate—the team’s shared understanding of the requirements.

Experience how to derive well-understood features, minimum marketable features, or stories for allocation to your next planning horizon.  You discover how to analyze and plan any agile planning horizon.

You can apply the planning and analysis skills you learn to any agile method your team uses, including time box, flow, or hybrid approaches. You learn how to continually refine a lean, healthy product backlog and ways to adapt these practices for a variety of projects

You will learn how to:

  • Describe key concepts for rapidly discovering product needs.
  • Use the 7 Product Dimensions to holistically discover, analyze, and allocate product needs (requirements).
  • Use the structured conversation framework to explore, evaluate, and confirm product options.
  • Enrich discovery and aid validation and verification with analysis models.
  • Define testable requirements, and specify acceptance criteria.
  • Estimate agile requirements.
  • Build plans for high-value product options.
  • Explain ways to adapt discovery practices to various product situations.
  • Describe how business analysis amplifies the benefits of agile methods.
  • Reinforce and deepen your learning in a high-energy practicum and retrospective.

Course Materials

In addition to the participant guide, you get a copy of the go-to resource for agile/lean planning and analysis, Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis by Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman. This book is referenced throughout the training and provides integrated and in-depth details valuable for on-the-job use.

Course Content

  • Agile Foundations Review
  • The Structured Conversation
  • Allocating Product Needs
  • Adapting Planning and Analysis Practices
  • Agile Analysis: Good Practices
  • Practicum

What Recent Learners Say:

The energy, content, experience sharing and case study were very beneficial.

Y.M.

Great facilitation skills, very engaging.  The exercises were reinforcing and educational, this was the most engaging training I have ever attended. …the instructional design was excellent. The specific use of the 7 dimensions is a great tool

Lisa C.

Group activities and scenarios to practice on were great.                        

I can leverage right away the elicitation techniques, story mapping, 7 product dimensions, context diagram and other models as communication aids.

Most beneficial: how to decompose a ‘want’ or ‘desire’ into manageable chunks of work that can be delivered independently. Great material.

Simara G.

Who this course is for

This course is valuable for any practitioner who needs to enrich the conversation about product needs including these disciplines: product and project management, business analysis, user experience, testing and quality assurance.

Prerequisites

  • Knowledge of agile concepts and practices.
  • Experience working on an agile team is preferred.
  • Awareness of good requirements and planning practices and of analysis models is desirable.
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