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2 DAY COURSE

Product Discovery and Delivery in the Real World

Topics covered at PRODUCT-DISCOVERY-01-02
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Do you feel that while you are working in a new way, the rest of the organization has not changed at all? Are you starting to recognize that the real problem is deciding what to build and being empowered to do it? Are your business sponsors or product managers growing more frustrated? Or are you a sponsor or a product manager and struggling to maximize the return on your technology spend? Join Gordon Weir's two day course to learn his proven practices and techniques for product discovery and development that will help cut through inertia in organizations large and small.

More and more organizations are recognizing a need to change, with business agility and rapid product delivery being seen as a key competitive advantage. Many have instigated transformation programs, turning to lean and agile practices, implementing out-of-the-box packages such as Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and methods like Scrum and Kanban to attempt to get more output from what they have or to reduce costs.

While improving the effectiveness of technology delivery is useful, often these transformations are focused on solving the wrong problem: They are focused on producing more output for their technology budget, or on shorter delivery times.

As Marty Cagan says in his article ‘Product Fail’:

The inconvenient truth is that at least half of our ideas are just not going to work.

And while the technology teams are doing their best to operate in an agile model, the stakeholder-driven business cases are still expected to be estimated up front with the teams committing to delivery dates. It is still a waterfall. Are you operating in this paradigm?

This course will equip you with the understanding, knowledge, tools, techniques, and strategies to change the way your organization works. It will teach you how to think in what might seem a counter-intuitive way, but which will enable you to avoid the pitfalls that continually unfold in the real world around us. You will learn how to tackle the really hard bit of software product delivery: deciding what to build. And that might just be nothing at all.

This is an in-depth course covering product ideation, discovery and delivery right through to the point where it delivers value. Attendees will leave with an in-depth understanding of core concepts of product discovery, and be equipped with a number of tested approaches and techniques to use in their place of work. They will be armed with ways in which to introduce them and, most importantly, to achieve buy-in.

You will come away feeling fired up, knowing it can be done no matter the context. And happy in the knowledge that the vast majority feels the same way!

Learn how to:

Transform your product discovery and delivery process by understanding the following:

  • The dilemma of transformations
  • Lean and agile stripped back
  • Product vision
  • Product ideation
  • Strategy
  • Feedback and product data
  • Discovery
  • Systems thinking
  • Product-centric organizational design
  • Product and market focus
  • Product definition
  • Features and stories
  • Defining your viable product release
  • Agile estimating and planning
  • Deliberate discovery
  • Product quality and delivery

About the Author

Gordon Weir

Gordon Weir has more than twenty years of experience in the software business. After being voted Young Engineer of the Year in New Zealand in 1998, he left his position in engineering with the navy to work for a software house in New Jersey, USA. After a year he left for the UK to pursue his interest in working on large-scale software delivery, joining PwC Management Consultancy, followed by IBM, where he worked on numerous integration programs. In 2005 Gordon moved to UBS where he led the delivery of the global clearing and settlement systems for the equities business.

Audience

Are you a:

  • Product manager
  • Technology department head
  • Development manager
  • Business sponsor
  • CIO or CTO
  • Product owner
  • Technology startup
This course is for people who want to make a difference in their place of work, who has experience of working in an agile and lean environment, possibly using one of the popular frameworks, but needs more strategic thinking or further ideas to avoid common frustrations.

Prerequisites

Overview

Do you feel that while you are working in a new way, the rest of the organization has not changed at all? Are you starting to recognize that the real problem is deciding what to build and being empowered to do it? Are your business sponsors or product managers growing more frustrated? Or are you a sponsor or a product manager and struggling to maximize the return on your technology spend? Join Gordon Weir's two day course to learn his proven practices and techniques for product discovery and development that will help cut through inertia in organizations large and small.

More and more organizations are recognizing a need to change, with business agility and rapid product delivery being seen as a key competitive advantage. Many have instigated transformation programs, turning to lean and agile practices, implementing out-of-the-box packages such as Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and methods like Scrum and Kanban to attempt to get more output from what they have or to reduce costs.

While improving the effectiveness of technology delivery is useful, often these transformations are focused on solving the wrong problem: They are focused on producing more output for their technology budget, or on shorter delivery times.

As Marty Cagan says in his article ‘Product Fail’:

The inconvenient truth is that at least half of our ideas are just not going to work.

And while the technology teams are doing their best to operate in an agile model, the stakeholder-driven business cases are still expected to be estimated up front with the teams committing to delivery dates. It is still a waterfall. Are you operating in this paradigm?

This course will equip you with the understanding, knowledge, tools, techniques, and strategies to change the way your organization works. It will teach you how to think in what might seem a counter-intuitive way, but which will enable you to avoid the pitfalls that continually unfold in the real world around us. You will learn how to tackle the really hard bit of software product delivery: deciding what to build. And that might just be nothing at all.

This is an in-depth course covering product ideation, discovery and delivery right through to the point where it delivers value. Attendees will leave with an in-depth understanding of core concepts of product discovery, and be equipped with a number of tested approaches and techniques to use in their place of work. They will be armed with ways in which to introduce them and, most importantly, to achieve buy-in.

You will come away feeling fired up, knowing it can be done no matter the context. And happy in the knowledge that the vast majority feels the same way!

Learn how to:

Transform your product discovery and delivery process by understanding the following:

  • The dilemma of transformations
  • Lean and agile stripped back
  • Product vision
  • Product ideation
  • Strategy
  • Feedback and product data
  • Discovery
  • Systems thinking
  • Product-centric organizational design
  • Product and market focus
  • Product definition
  • Features and stories
  • Defining your viable product release
  • Agile estimating and planning
  • Deliberate discovery
  • Product quality and delivery

About the Author

Gordon Weir

Gordon Weir has more than twenty years of experience in the software business. After being voted Young Engineer of the Year in New Zealand in 1998, he left his position in engineering with the navy to work for a software house in New Jersey, USA. After a year he left for the UK to pursue his interest in working on large-scale software delivery, joining PwC Management Consultancy, followed by IBM, where he worked on numerous integration programs. In 2005 Gordon moved to UBS where he led the delivery of the global clearing and settlement systems for the equities business.

Program
Audience

Audience

Are you a:

  • Product manager
  • Technology department head
  • Development manager
  • Business sponsor
  • CIO or CTO
  • Product owner
  • Technology startup
This course is for people who want to make a difference in their place of work, who has experience of working in an agile and lean environment, possibly using one of the popular frameworks, but needs more strategic thinking or further ideas to avoid common frustrations.

Prerequisites