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January 2019 - David Hawks and Reese Schmit

Friday, January 18, 2019 -
11:30am to 1:00pm
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This month's meeting is at the Microsoft office near Mopac at Braker. 

Please note that we are no longer providing lunch. You're welcome to bring your own, or you can purchase an option at registration. 


11:30-11:50: Registration, lunch, and networking
11:50-12:00: Chapter announcements
12:00-1:00: Presentation

User Stories Suck!

The User Story concept was invented almost 20 years ago, and it’s time for an update. This outdated process supports an old way of working focused on predictable requirements delivery. Wouldn’t you like to know much earlier which features are not going to be valued by your market? We need techniques that shorten the feedback loop with customers, not stakeholders. We need to prioritize based on riskiest assumptions and iterate quickly through small experiments in order to (in)validate our ideas as fast as possible. This session exposes a new set of practices which support product discovery.

In this session, you will work hands on with new templates that define the work the team needs to execute while starting with the business objective and helping you identify your riskiest assumptions. You will learn best practices for writing hypothesis and how to turn those into Minimal Viable Experiments. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the difference between Discovery and Delivery
  • Learn to write Objectives, Hypotheses, and Experiments
  • Gain new techniques for prioritizing work based on riskiest assumptions

Speaker bios:

Founder and CEO of Agile Velocity, David Hawks, is a Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer who is passionate about helping organizations achieve true agility beyond the basic implementation of Agile practices.

Agile Coach, Reese Schmit, at Agile Velocity loves helping organizations increase customer value, transparency, and collaboration, and to motivate teams to continuously improve. Her varied experience in the software industry has taught her to frame problems from different perspectives and drive change through empathy

The presentation is available on SlideShare.


Event Details: 
January 2019 Chapter Meeting
Event Location: 
Quarry Oaks Phase II 10900 Stonelake Blvd, Suite 225, Bldg 2 Austin, TX 78759 Microsoft Suite, Live Oak Conf Room
The presentation is available at: https://www.slideshare.net/AgileVelocity1/user-stories-suck-david-hawks-reese-schmit-iiba-austin-january-2019