Clear Product Requirements - APPS Series

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Tue, Sep 17, 2019
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Agile Pain Point Solutions

Clear Product Requirements

Using the Fit-for-Purpose Framework, Archetypes & the Universal Feature Template 



How do you know whether a change to a product or service will represent an improvement? How do you select new features, functions and classes of service? How do you define those features and functions in a clear, unambiguous and testable fashionDo you understand the difference between a functional requirement and a non-functional requirement specific to the fidelity and quality of implementation? Do you recognize that all products and services have design, implementation and service delivery (or experience of consumption) requirements? And when you should focus on which of those elements in order to drive the maximum customer value? 

This 1-day class is developed from a combination of elements from the recent book, Fit for Purpose – How Modern Businesses Find, Satisfy & Keep customers, by David J. Anderson & Alexei Zheglov, and David’s work with Peter Coad in the late 1990s developing the requirements archetypes and the universal feature template. 

This class will offer you significant new insights, and powerful, elegant and simply ways to explore and define better requirements for your products and services. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand that all products or services have design, implementation and service delivery elements 
  • Learn how to identify and describe the design, implementation and service delivery elements 
  • Understand how to recognize and define or describe a customer purpose 
  • Understand the 4 types of metrics: Fitness Criteria (used to select your product or service in the market); general health indicators; improvement drivers and vanity metrics 
  • Understand that fitness criteria lead directly to product or service requirements 
  • Understand the 4 commonly recurring types of fitness criteria: Lead Time; Quality; Safety & Conformance; and Affordability. 
  • Understand how to define thresholds of acceptable “table stakes” performance and exceptional, disruption enabling “differentiating” performance 
  • Recognize the 3 aspects of lead time (or time-to-market) as timeliness, predictability and duration, and learn how to describe them and when and how to recognize which is applicable. 
  • Understand the difference between functional and non-functional requirements 
  • Learn how to describe and specify requirements in a measurable fashion 
  • Learn how to define a product domain using the 4 requirements archetypes (moments|intervals of time, roles, products|places|things & descriptions), the universal requirements model, and the feature definition template 
  • Demonstrate an ability to define features cleanly as functional requirements, together with acceptable “tables stakes” or exceptional “differentiating” levels of non-functional performance, quality or fidelity

The Agile Pain Point Solutions (APPS) Series is collection of 1-day classes that cut straight to the challenges people have been reporting to us for over a decade. Offering simple, yet powerful answers, each class gives you new skills and insights with which to address an aspect of Agile adoption that is poorly addressed in conventional literature.

“As a business, we measure the wrong things and our culture isn’t suitable for Agile adoption, how can we fix it?”
“We struggle to write small, fine-grained requirements, can you help us get better at it?”
“Prioritization is painful, time-consuming and stressful. We have a huge backlog. Can you help us get better at prioritizing?”
“We struggle to scale Agile because of dependencies. How can we identify them earlier and manage our capacity better? Dependency management feels like ‘Big Planning Up-front’”
“We aren’t good at estimating; can you help us get better at it?”

Are these familiar problems to you? Do you find your Agile advisors lay the blame with you? If only you followed established guidance better, harder, with greater diligence and intensity, then all would be well? The answers to these challenges always seem to be more elaborate, detailed, intense, and frustrating – big expensive meetings, more and more collaborators to coordinate, more detail, more complicated equations, more-and-more time: it all feels like you are going backwards, further and further from true agility.

For years, Kanban University has had truly elegant solutions to these problems, but they haven’t been easily accessible – buried inside our Enterprise Services Planning (ESP) 5-day training. Now, we are making these Agile Pain Point Solutions (APPS) available in easy to consume 1-day classes, specifically to address the problems and challenges our customers have been reporting to us for a decade. If you are a product owner, or involved in Agile planning for your organization, then the Kanban APPS series will give you the skills to be successful and to deliver true organizational agility.

Choose from:

  • Day 1 - Better KPIs – Metrics for Meaningful Organizational Behavior 

     Applying the Fit-for-Purpose Framework to drive congruent action at all levels 

      Learn how to define better OKRs: Build better Balanced Scorecards: Drive desirable change

  • Day 2 - Clear Product Requirements
  •      Using the Fit-for-Purpose Framework, archetypes & the universal feature template 

Day 3 - Managing Large Backlogs 

     Scheduling, Sequencing, & Selection using risk assessment frameworks and cost of delay analysis

  •        Learn to prioritize better and faster. Make better, fact-based, more defensible decision

  • Day 4 - Managing Dependencies for Enterprise Agility 
  •      Using dynamic reservation systems, capacity allocation and classes of reservation 

  •         A lightweight, probabilistic, risk managed approach to capacity management and anticipating dependencies 

  • Day 5 - Forecasting Projects and Customer Deliveries

  •      No estimates, no speculation, no crystal ball gazing 

      A mathematically robust approach to fact-based planning for the enterprise scale projects and programs 


Cancellation Policy – Please Note:

With the goal of always delivering the most current and relevant content to students, please note that the class agenda, contents and schedule, are subject to change.

Substitutions are accepted at any time. Cancellations must be notified by email and refunds will be provided according to the following:

More than 10 days prior = 80% of course fee
5 to 10 days prior = 50% of course fee
Less than 5 days = no refund provided

Lean Kanban, Inc. reserves the right to postpone or cancel this event if there are insufficient registrations or if presenters are unable to attend due to illness. If necessary, you will be notified no later than 7 days prior to the event and all registration payments will be refunded promptly.  If circumstances require, presenters may be substituted for alternative qualified presenters with equivalent experience.

Please be advised that events can be subject to changes in date and/or venue due to acts out of our control such as bad weather, civil unrest, etc. It is recommended that you purchase changeable and refundable tickets. Lean Kanban, Inc. will not be responsible for incurred costs in the event that we need to make changes due to circumstances beyond our control.

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