Agile 2009…Day 3

on Aug 26, 09 • by Alen Zukich • with No Comments

Busy day 3 with a number of sessions.  We attended: Strategies for Replacing Systems in Agile Projects, How to Evolve a Product Backlog, Agile Metrics and Four Core Concepts for Fast User Feedback. In the discussion for Replacing Systems I certainly got surprised by one of the strategies.  The first release of the...

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Busy day 3 with a number of sessions.  We attended: Strategies for Replacing Systems in Agile Projects, How to Evolve a Product Backlog, Agile Metrics and Four Core Concepts for Fast User Feedback.

In the discussion for Replacing Systems I certainly got surprised by one of the strategies.  The first release of the replaced system should be inferior to the existing system.  At first I thought Niklas was crazy but this started to make sense when he describes that there are infinite ways to compensate users and make it balance out.

The next session I went to was the “Evolution of Product Backlog” given by Ronica Roth.  This session took us through a couple of real cases (which is always nice) of how they evolved the backlog. Good session but I felt I needed more details.

Probably the best session I’ve attended so far was “Agile Metrics” by Dan Rawsthorne.  The key messages given were that you don’t just measure something just because you can.  Instead you measure things that tell you something about your team, product or progress.  We learned how to measure production during sprints, after sprints and then got into the hardcore stuff of release metrics.  I think I’ll leave the release metrics for another day ;)

Todd also attended “Four Core Concepts for Fast User Feedback”.  Overall Todd thought it was the best session he had attended so far as well. The presenter was engaging, and definitely knew what he was talking about. In the session he went over the 4 key principles required to run a good interview, those 4 being Context (talk to users while they work), Partnership (let the user lead, after all, they know more than you), Interpretation (figure out the meaning of what is happening), and Focus (know why you are there).

Watch for our Day 4 summary tomorrow and be sure to follow us throughout the day on Twitter:

Brendan Harrison
Todd Landry
Alen Zukich

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