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Monday, August 5 • 14:00 - 15:15
Icebox Zero: Agile UX & The Lean Backlog (Scott Showalter, Justin Beall)

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One of the most disregarded principles of the Agile Manifesto is perhaps one of the most important: Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done. Frankly, simplicity seems simple enough, but in reality it’s as complicated as the work we are so often asked to deliver on—work that we may ultimately find was not worth doing. This session explores the complexities of this sort of counterintuitive workstream optimization, with low-effort tactical approaches to preventing such waste in software and product development. The session attempts to codify the things teams need to do to truly execute on simplicity, and as a bonus, fulfill what is likely the most important principle of the Agile Manifesto: satisfying the customer. We’ll explore how to apply the concepts of thoughtful lean metrics to improve our ability to deliver value.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Generate value by embracing Lean UX in an Agile environment—practicing the art of maximizing the amount of work not done.
  • Judge the overall systems cost of unhealthy backlogs.
  • Use experiment patterns to invalidate the wrong ideas.
  • Recognize value by measuring thoughtful lean throughput metrics.
  • Instill a true sense of purpose and passion in our team members through customer-centered empathy & team autonomy techniques.
  • When might it still make sense to maintain a minimal icebox.

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Justin Beall

Free Agent, Self
Software engineer (Python / Node / Java), craftsman, XP advocate, agile technical coach, product (discovery, delivery, management, owner) curious, data miner, believer in growth mindset, multiplier, servant leader, was a VP of Engineering, individual contributor, speaker, and fierce... Read More →

Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom B