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Thursday, August 9 • 15:45 - 17:00
Experiment-Driven Design: A New Model for Continuous Agile Discovery (Skot Carruth)

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Agile was created to develop better software, but it's adoption at many places has been largely driven by the need to deliver functioning software faster. Unfortunately, too much emphasis on feature delivery has led many organizations to practice “agile without a brain.” Have your brilliant engineers devolved into ticket-monkeys? If so, how might we empower them to be active participants in continuous discovery and design?
Many models for have been proposed for continuous discovery, from staggered sprints to research spikes to Lean UX to design sprints. In this interactive talk, Skot will ask the audience to share some of the ways they have grappled with this issue, leading a conversation about the pros and cons of each. He will also propose a new and experimental model, based on a controversial concept: variable sprint length (gasp!). Through a brief workshop, audience members will explore how they might be able to organize various product challenges into an experiment backlog that they can run alongside their existing agile workflow.

Learning Outcomes:
  • I want the people attending this talk to gain a new perspective on how continuous "discovery" and experimentation can be achieved. I also want them to challenge the assumption that all agile sprints must be fixed-length.

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Skot Carruth

Partner, Philosophie Group

Thursday August 9, 2018 15:45 - 17:00 PDT
Marriott Salon 9