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Product Management [clear filter]
Friday, March 21

9:30am CDT

Recover from Flat Backlogs with User Story Mapping
Remember when people thought the world was flat? That same type of thinking may be shaping your product backlog into a monolithic list that is difficult to understand. In this hands-on workshop you will learn a new tool, User Story Mapping, which focuses on customer discovery to help you gain insights and produce a multi-dimensional view of your product development needs. A user story map arranges user stories into a useful model to help understand what you want to deliver, identify holes and omissions in your backlog, and effectively plan holistic releases that deliver real value to users.

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Tracy Whitehill

Agile Coach, Agile Velocity

Friday March 21, 2014 9:30am - 10:45am CDT
Salon A

11:05am CDT

Scaled Agile Release Strategy
Scaling agile software development without losing agility is difficult. Ensuring frequent releases when dozens of teams and multiple sub-systems are involved is one of the hardest pieces of the puzzle. An appropriate production architecture coupled with a few key technical practices will ensure the challenge of frequent releases remains tractable.


James Carpenter

Agile Consultant, Agile Carpentry
James L. Carpenter holds a B.S. in Physics from Texas A&M University and is an agile coach and consultant. He was an early devotee of Agile before it became a term of art, and is a staunch advocate of automated testing and pair programming. Over the years Mr. Carpenter has worked... Read More →

Friday March 21, 2014 11:05am - 12:05pm CDT

2:20pm CDT

Big Test, Meet Big Agile: Agile Testing for Large-Scale Projects
Are you embarking on a large-scale, multi-team Agile Scrum project? Have you considered or already started to encounter the various testing aspects for the project related to Build Verification, In-sprint test automation, Integration Testing, compatibility matrix coverage, non-functional testing, and beta test? This presentation provides insights into the testing challenges faced by Dell Enterprise Solutions Group for Agile projects that ranged in sizes up to 9, 15 and 17 scrum teams and examines the techniques that were considered, implemented, and operationalized.

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Geoff Meyer

Test Architect, Dell EMC
Geoff Meyer is a Test Architect in the Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions Group and has 35 years of industry experience as a software developer, manager, program manager, and director. He drives the Test Strategy and Architecture for 400+ SW and HW Testers across India, Taiwan, and... Read More →

Friday March 21, 2014 2:20pm - 3:40pm CDT

2:20pm CDT

The Black Art of Valuing Stories Demystified
Product Owners and Business Analysts struggle mightily with valuing user stories. It isn't like you can put a dollar figure to each story. Or can you? This presentation explores a number of techniques for valuing stories, who performs the valuation, when valuation takes place, and how to propagate valuation during story splitting.

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Scott Killen

Enterprise Agile Coach, PayPal
Scott Killen is an Enterprise Agile Coach for PayPal. He tries to forget that at one time or another he’s held CSM, CSP, PMP, SPC and CSQE certifications. Of more note, he’s taught and mentored many, many hundreds of people fundamental and advanced agile skills in corporate... Read More →

Friday March 21, 2014 2:20pm - 3:40pm CDT