Proposed Sessions for Product Camp Silicon Valley 2012

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  1. Can You Hear Me Now? :(

    Do you know what your users think of your products? Are you missing out on their creative ideas? Do your users feel heard?

    In the era of LinkedIn and Facebook, product managers seem to miss out on the value of crowd-sourcing in hearing what their users have to say - good or bad.

    Idea sites (like the one you are voting this session on!) are a simple yet powerful application of the Agile manifesto (“conversations over contract negotiation!”) when you cannot reach every one of your users (who can?)

    We'll share our experience at using such an idea site to…

    170 votes
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    • Agile Portfolio Steering

      In this *interactive* session, people will participate in a short *simulation* which begins to show how to apply Lean & Agile practices to steering a portfolio of product initiatives. Got some dev teams using Scrum and/or Kanban? Let’s explore together how to leverage their flexibility, quality, and speed to produce great features that are aligned to strategic business goals. We’re not talkin’ stories and iterations here, we’re talking about managing MMFs and initiatives over the long haul, and using feedback loops to move with the market.

      136 votes
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      • Agile New Product Development: Whose throat should you choke?

        In agile development, the Product Owner is often called the “one throat to choke” (or the “single wringable neck”). When launching a brand-new product, following that definition can actually hurt your product delivery.

        This session will take the audience through an actual agile new product development journey, from customer development to launch to provide guidance on whose “throat(s) to choke” along the way.

        Participants will learn how to effectively pair their product owners with product managers to maximize the success of the delivered product.

        109 votes
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        • Estimating Business Value

          Scrum books say that the product backlog should be ordered according to business value, but how do you assign numeric business value to stories? In this session, Chris Sims from Agile Learning Labs will present an easy technique to get stakeholders to come to agreement on the numeric business value for each story.

          This will be an interactive session, where you will participate on a team to assign business value to each story in a product backlog.

          87 votes
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          • Introduction to Agile Project Management and Scrum

            Coming from a waterfall project management background and thinking about switching to Agile or Scrum? Get a simple introduction to Agile & Scrum covering: why we're dumping waterfall; sprints and releases; user stories; story points; velocity; burndown charts; the conversational model of development; how the product owner's role and activities differ from traditional product management; and where to learn more. Topics covered will include use of Fibonacci sequence values for story points, release planning, sprint commit meetings, sprint review meetings, and burndown charts. Explains the importance of returning the product to a potentially shippable state at the end of each…

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            • From Just-In-Case to Just-In-Time and Beyond

              Kanban is a hot topic at present, and some companies are looking at Kanban as the next-generation methodology for project management.

              Those with Kanban experience can tell you that establishing Work-In-Process (WIP) limits can be a fairly time-consuming task, part art and part science.

              This hands-on workshop lets participants experience what work in a simulated environment is like using 3 different methods for controlling workflow. We'll move from the classic "100% utilization" model, through Kanban with WIP limits, and beyond, to a simpler method for managing workflow. The exercise, based on some of the principles underlying the Theory of Constraints,…

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              • Agile in Large Organizations: Can It Be Done?

                Agile & SCRUM sound great as described by thought leaders, but adapting these concepts to your organization is a challenge. This session will present some lessons learned and open a discussion for gaining successful Agile adoption in situations which go beyond the textbooks.

                When yours is the "single wringable neck", you'll need to:

                *Set expectations for internal stakeholders, engineers, and customers who are used to big-upfront-design, project plans, and waterfall stagegates.
                *Recognize what's working and what needs refinement.
                *Consider ways to break down work into deliverable chunks when your release spans several iterations.

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