Kent McDonald shares his thoughts about what you need to know about Agile and how to use Example Mapping; a technique to create a shared understanding.

Show Notes

In addition to participating on the Product Ownership Panel during the Building Business Capability conference, Kent is also leading a workshop, 7 Things You Need to Know About Agile.

One of the big challenges in organizations transforming to Agile ways of working is shifting from doing Agile (following certain practices and events) and bring Agile (adopting an Agile mindset and living the values).

Without the right mindset, your team and organization will never reap all of the benefits of Agile.

In addition to dispelling some of the myths and misconceptions about Agile, Kent will share a great technique in his session, How to Build Shared Understanding with Example Mapping.

Example mapping is a great way to structure a conversation in a way that people with diverse knowledge can develop a shared understanding.  You can use this powerful approach before you build anything; when you’re fleshing out features and stories.

Example Mapping: Create a shared understanding
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Tip #1: If you have the chance to work with a UX person, take advantage of that opportunity as much as possible. You’ll improve the discovery and elicitation process as well as learn new things.

Tip #2: If you need to understand the business rules that apply to your project, don’t ask stakeholders for the business rules. Instead, ask them to provide some examples. From those examples, you can infer the business rules and get feedback from the stakeholder.

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Kent McDonald

Kent McDonald

Kent McDonald writes about and practices software product management. He has IT and product development experience in a variety of industries. Kent currently practices his craft for a leading agriscience company and provides just in time resources for product owners and business analysts at and Product Collective.

Kent is writing a new book: How to be an Agile Business Analyst. A pre-publication version is available for sale on Leanpub, and if you buy it now, you’ll get the current version and all subsequent updates. Podcast listeners can get the book for the special price of $15.99 (normally $29.99) and this special price will be good until the start of BBC (November 10):

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