Practical Product Leadership: Deliver Better and Faster with Continual Replanning Workshop

Agile product leaders (product managers, product owners, and business analysts) all have one goal: How do I support the team in their quest to deliver better and faster? Product leaders do this by helping the team plan with minimums, and continually replan. These two workshops help you do that. I offer two versions: for teams, and product leaders.

Team-based workshop: Practical Product Leadership: Deliver Better and Faster with Continual Replanning.

This is a 10-meeting team-based workshop.

Workshop Objective: In this workshop, you’ll learn how to be an effective product leader, also known as an agile product owner or product manager. You’ll practice iterating over the tactical and strategic plans to create products your customers want to use. I facilitate your work as we work over a “10-day” period, meeting every day.

Workshop Overview: In this workshop, you’ll learn how feedback loops allow you to change and deliver the product that meets your customers’ needs.
You’ll gain practice with these techniques:

  • How the various feedback loops work.
  • Visualize what the product means to whom with impact mapping, user story mapping, and roadmapping.
  • Rank the work so the team delivers the most valuable work first.
  • How to write stories, fast and well.
  • How to work as a cross-functional team with the product developers and as a cohort with other product leaders.
  • Define what done means and accept stories.
  • How to use cycle time to forecast future work.

Target Audience: Product Leaders and their teams including the product value team.

Prerequisites: Prework: measure your cycle time.

Workshop Duration: Virtual: 10 days of 2-hour sessions each. Or 2-3 in-person days.

Workshop Outline: 

  1.  Introductions and how feedback loops affect the work. Introduction to agility. Review the pre-work to understand your current cycle time. Introduction to roadmaps. Generate your first roadmap.
  2. Minimums and how to use them to plan. What your stakeholders need to see. 30-minute workshop to generate stories. Generate your first feature set.
  3. Create an Impact Map to define the Why. Refine the roadmap and feature sets.
  4. Improve your stories: personas and acceptance criteria. More about minimums, what done means, what right-sizing stories means. How to use acceptance criteria to right-size stories. Role of BDD. Refine your stories and right-size them.
  5. Roadmaps and User Story Mapping. Which kind of a roadmap you need for your context. How user story mapping helps you create the story for your product.
  6. Rank the work, focusing on Cost of Delay. What to do about HiPPOs and their opinions.
  7. How to work with your product development team in flow efficiency. How to work with your cohort of product leaders as a product value team.
  8. Rolling wave planning and backlog refinement. How much you can afford to plan for and how often to refine how many stories. What I recommend vs what might be right for your context.
  9. See progress with various measurements. Demos and various measures to explain the state of the product to your internal stakeholders.
  10. Summary and wrapup.

I also offer a virtual-only workshop, specifically for product leaders. I offer suggestions and guidance. You are responsible for the homework, to reinforce your learning. One big difference: I do not teach the various impact or user story mapping in this workshop.

Product-leader-based workshop: Practical Product Leadership: Deliver Better and Faster with Continual Replanning 

Workshop Objective: In this workshop, you’ll learn how to be an effective product leader: product owner, or product manager. You’ll practice iterating over the tactical and strategic plans to create products your customers want to use.

Workshop Overview: In this workshop, you’ll learn how feedback loops allow you to change and deliver the product that meets your customers’ needs.

You’ll gain practice with these techniques:

  • How the various feedback loops work.
  • Various roadmapping possibilities.
  • Rank the work so the team delivers the most valuable work first.
  • How to write stories, fast and well.
  • Define what done means and accept stories.
  • How to serve the team to

Target Audience: Product leaders and their teams (product value team).

Prerequisites: Prework: measure your cycle time.

Workshop Duration: Online only: one 90-minute meeting each week for 6 weeks. The participants work on their work between sessions.

Virtual Workshop Outline:

  • Session 1: How the various roles and feedback loops tie organizational strategy, product strategy (roadmaps), and team backlogs together.  Principles of agile and lean and why cycle time matters so much. Introduction to roadmaps. Create your first big-picture (3-6 month) roadmap.
  • Session 2: Roadmap to backlogs. (All the minimums.) Stories, story mapping. Done. All your users. Discovery vs. Delivery. Homework: Users and roadmaps.
  • Session 3: Rank the work. When and how to use estimation. How to use Cost of Delay. Cycle time and prediction. (Maybe splitting stories) Homework: Ranking, COD.
  • Session 4: See progress: Accepting stories, demos, measurements. What to use as feedback for you, the customers, the project team, anyone else. Homework: measures and roadmaps.
  • Session 5: PO and servant leadership. Meetings, retrospectives, planning, and when to use which kind of meeting. Homework: Retros, release criteria, and meeting evaluations
  • Session 6: Resolve any questions plus common tips and traps of product ownership.>

Not sure which workshop is right for you?

  • If the entire team needs to learn how to work with a product leader, to create small stories and replan, consider the team-based workshop.
  • If you and your product leader colleagues need to learn more in-depth about your role, consider the

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