Agile + DevOps East 2019 Concurrent Session : KonMari Your Backlog: Tidying Up Those PBIs

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

KonMari Your Backlog: Tidying Up Those PBIs

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Have you tidied up your personal life with Marie Kondo and are now wondering how to achieve the same effect in your work life? Do you have the feeling that the most valuable product backlog items (PBIs) are getting lost under a mountain of old stories, bugs, and tasks? If so, join Julie Wyman to learn how to adapt the KonMari method to tidy up your product backlog. Julie will share a short quiz you can use to gauge the current state of your own backlog and walk through five easy steps you can take to get started in your tidying process. She'll also share real-life examples, call out potential pitfalls to avoid (don’t become a storage expert!), and illustrate how story mapping may be the magical backlog equivalent to Kondo’s “vertical folding” technique. By the end of the session, you’ll know the specific next steps to take so that you too can realize the many benefits of a tidied-up product backlog: improved visibility, increased self-organization, and easier decision-making.

Julie Wyman

Julie Wyman is an agile coach with Excella Consulting. She is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and IC-Agile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) with eight years of experience in areas including agile software delivery, traditional project management, and client training. Julie has coached multiple globally distributed teams to deliver and drive continuous improvement, while leveraging Scrum, kanban, and other agile frameworks. She has coached development and business teams in commercial, federal, and nonprofit environments at places such as Thomson Reuters, Caterpillar, Appian, and DHS.