Agile 101 for Feb 01, 2018 - Two Sessions
Session 1: Agile Roadmapping 101
A traditional roadmap is not flexible enough for the Lean and Agile methods many organizations have adopted, and it is often light on the strategic context necessary for teams to internalize the overall vision. Many have abandoned roadmaps altogether, but retain this nagging sense that they are missing the strategic big picture.
Fortunately, there is a new generation of product people developing a new breed of product roadmap. Bruce has assembled these best practices into a flexible framework that provides a powerful toolset, and represents a new paradigm in product roadmapping that’s focused on results rather than features and dates.
This 1-hr workshop is based on Bruce’s new book “Product Roadmaps Relaunched: Setting Direction While Embracing Uncertainty” just released from O'Reilly. Join him for hands-on relaunching of your roadmapping practice.
Presented by: Bruce McCarthy
Bruce is CEO of UpUp Labs and President of the Boston Product Management Association. He’s been called the face of Boston product management and (for Top Gear fans) the product management Stig. Bruce helps organizations improve the return on their investments in product development. He is an internationally-recognized thought-leader and sought-after speaker on product roadmapping, prioritization, team effectiveness, and leadership. Bruce and his team work with companies such as Vistaprint, Localytics, Zipcar, Johnson & Johnson, and Huawei, providing coaching, mentoring, and tools such as Awesomeness, a solution for measurably enhancing team effectiveness.
Steve Blank said about Bruce's new book, Product Roadmapping Relaunched: Setting Direction While Embracing Uncertainty, “It’s about time someone brought product roadmapping out of the dark ages of waterfall development and made it into the strategic communications tool it should be. McCarthy and team have cracked the code.” Learn more and order your copy at productroadmapping.com.
Session 2: Agile Coding Dojo, TDD, Mob Programming
Engineering excellence is key to a successful Agile team. Learn or improve your coding skills using TDD by collaboratively working on a coding challenge (code kata). Everyone will participate in coding on a single screen using "mob programming" techniques, taking turns driving (typing), navigating (directing), and participating (giving feedback). Code will be done in Java with Eclipse IDE. This session is good for all experience levels (including no experience).
Presented by: Ethan Strominger
Ethan is a CSM, the founder of the Greater Boston Agile Coding Dojo, and board member of Agile New England. He has a background in software management, including implementing Scrum in a large organization.