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Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Incorporating Change at Every Level of Product Planning (Johanna Rothman) POPULAR

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Many teams and organizations plan for anywhere from a quarter to years before the teams can deliver anything. That planning creates the illusion that the organization knows what the products will be and the value those products will deliver for the organization. The problem is that the more valuable (and often riskier) the product, the more we need resilience and feedback in product planning. Instead of big planning, especially up front, consider using smaller and continual planning that incorporates feedback.
When quarterly planning works, it’s terrific. However, too often it doesn’t work because our assumptions don’t hold:
  • We assume each feature set has an even distribution of features compared to other feature sets.
  • We assume each feature set has a similar value. We also assume the features inside the feature sets have similar values.
  • We assume that features arrive at a predictable rate and that we understand that arrival rate.
  • We assume teams can estimate what they can complete in one quarter.
  • We assume we don’t need to change what the teams estimated and committed to for one quarter.
Agile approaches allow us to complete small features, assess them and our process, and take the next feature off the backlog. What if we were able to generate the big-picture vision for the product, and yet be able to change what the teams work on next, as often as every day? We might have the best possible approach to product planning and delivery. That’s why using agile and lean roadmapping works so well for products that take three months or more to deliver.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Differentiate roadmap and product planning.
  • Appreciate how rolling wave planning can help managers and teams see the plan and the roadmap.
  • Identify how lean roadmapping can prevent the five assumptions too many managers have about products.
  • Recognize how the ideas of MMF, MVE, and MVP intersect and help the teams increase their delivery of small value.
  • Determine how to manage the management's desire for commitments.
  • Appreciate how the product value team provides guidance for the product and prevents interdependencies.


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Johanna Rothman

President, Rothman Consulting
Johanna Rothman, known as the "Pragmatic Manager," provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems and resolve risks and manage their product development. Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. Johanna is the author of several books... Read More →

Monday August 6, 2018 10:45 - 12:00 PDT
San Diego A