Agile + DevOps East 2021 Concurrent Session : Unlock the Full Potential of Your Refinement Sessions

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Unlock the Full Potential of Your Refinement Sessions

Good refinement makes development more predictable, leads to better solutions, and enables the Product Owner to set the right priorities. Still, many teams fail to unlock the full potential of refinement. Not only is the time spent on refinement often limited, but many of the refinement meetings I join are also inefficient. I meet teams that spent half the meeting watching the Product Owner entering the new backlog items in the workflow system. Although they poker the user stories afterwards, little time is left to discuss the best solution and risks that need to be avoided. I will focus on the following topics: Advantages of good refinement and what I see in daily practice. How we can boost the potential of Refinement by organizing it as a process rather than a meeting. Introduction of challenging questions that can be used to prepare your refinement. And last but not least, how you can involve the off-site team members of distributed teams. Join this session if you are an Agile Coach of SM and want to help your team(s) to get more out of refinement. If you are a PO and feel a need to boost quality and predictability, or if you are a member of a distributed team and want to involve your fellow team members.


Derk-Jan de Grood works as agile transition coach for Squerist. He has worked for organizations like ING Bank, RTL, DPD, Nationale Nederlanden and Greenchoice and supported them in their Agile Transformation. He wrote several successful books and frequently publishes articles and columns for the major magazines. In 2014 he won the EuroSTAR testing excellence award. In 2016 he published “Agile in the real world, starting with Scrum”, currently he is working on his next book on delivering value in complex organizations. Derk-Jan is an experienced trainer, workshop host and a regular (keynote) speaker at conference like Agile Business Day Venice, XP Days Copenhagen, Selenium Days Ney Zealand and the Agile Testing Days and STAR conferences in Europe and America. On his own blog he shares his knowledge and experience for everyone to benefit. • Twitter: • LinkedIn: • Blog: