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You might have helped your stakeholders articulate a common shared understanding for your product or project’s vision, but how do you get from there to a release plan?
Story mapping is a powerful, collaborative planning technique to help you gain alignment on what is most important for your customer while empowering your team to create a plan which they own. Without this, you risk reliving that famous cartoon contrasting “What the customer wanted vs. what the team delivered”!
Story maps combine the best of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and a Release Plan.
This one-day course focuses on a single business opportunity. You will refine the product vision, define the themes which are important to the customer, learn to prioritize those themes, and then decompose them into epics and user stories. These will be used to build a story map which will support subsequent delivery efforts.
Applicable Project Environments
- Both adaptive (Agile) and hybrid project environments
- Projects with deliverables in which there is likely to be misalignment in understanding between key stakeholders on what is needed
Who Should Attend
- Product Owners
- Project Managers
- Business Analysts
- Delivery Leads (including Scrum Masters)
- Team Members
- Course workbook containing copies of presentation slides and exercises
- Reference files containing course related reference materials
- Certificate of completion
Through the exploration of scenarios, hands-on group exercises, and facilitated discussion, participants completing this workshop will learn how to:
- Develop a disciplined approach to structuring product or project releases
- Refine and hone persona, story writing and prioritization skills
- Appreciate what is required to be an effective Product Owner
- Reduce the likelihood of your project’s delivery becoming a random walk to nowhere
- Learn how to address viability risk with an MVP
- Understand the different choices for structuring and capturing story maps
Participants of this workshop should already have had formal training and experience in both traditional and agile project management fundamentals. We therefore recommend:
- 3-day Project Management Essentials: Part 1 – the Fundamentals (or its equivalent)
- 2-day Foundations of Adaptive Project Delivery - Agile Hands On (or its equivalent)
- Experience as a team member or agile lead on at least one agile project