Agile + DevOps East 2019 Concurrent Session : The MVP Mental Model

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The MVP Mental Model

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Here is a question we should all ask ourselves when building new software: Am I building in small chunks? Thinking and actions around the minimum viable product (MVP) are vital in creating a shift to full team and organizational agility. Agile methods work great when building, testing, and learning in small, discernible, discrete pieces is the norm. If there is not a shift to smaller increments or even an understanding of how to do that, the agile transformation is going to be in trouble. Jim Grunder will show how to move team and organizational planning approaches to fundamentally smaller delivery and how the MVP plays a significant role in that. When a team is fluent in MVP and its associated mental model, there will follow smaller stories and tasks, more thoughtful story slicing, better testing and learning outcomes, higher-productivity teams working with greater morale, and, ultimately, faster turnaround to customer value.

Jim Grunder

Jim has spent his professional career focused on learning, understanding, and attempting to create great value from the definition of the customer. He has a deep belief that waste is the enemy of value and we should do all we can to eliminate it. Over the past decade he has looked to further his understanding and skills in enterprise agile delivery and transformation, primarily related to digital technology in the financial services Industry. His belief system is to bring the best of agile, lean, the minimum viable product (MVP), and automation of software processes to create great software! Jim has most recently led an enterprise agile transformation for an organization with more than 10,000 associates and over 300 Scrum teams. His experience includes agile practice leadership and consultation with several Fortune 500 companies in the pursuit of their agile transformation journey.