Fight ambiguity!

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Information about Fight ambiguity!

Published on February 12, 2014

Author: ElliotSusel



Agile teams are constantly faced with uncertainty and ambiguity.

In these situations, your unspoken responsibility as an Agile Team Member, Product Owner, ScrumMaster, or Program Manager, is to fearlessly seek out clarity. Elliot will present a series of visualization tools that will help you to fight uncertainty and ambiguity in the following scenarios:

1) The product backlog is unknown, poorly defined, or not well-communicated

2) Realistic delivery dates are unknown

3) Cross-team dependencies are unknown, hidden, or not yet defined

You’ll look like a super-star when you show up at the office with these handy tools, clear up ambiguity, and help your team to better deliver.

Fight Ambiguity! @ElliotSusel  


Ambiguity Systems Advice

Ambiguity Anything  that  is  undefined  or  could   easily  be  misinterpreted  

“We do agile”

THIS IS SCARY We  think  we  understand  each  other   We  do  not  understand  each  other  

Let’s Assess

High  Ambiguity   Ignorance   Overextended/   Managed  Risk   Low   Awareness   High   Awareness   Lucky   Living  the  dream   Low  Ambiguity  

Ok, now what? Let’s  solve!   How  about  a  system?  

A SYSTEM, YOU SAY? Losers  have  goals   Winners  create  systems  

A USEFUL SYSTEM Makes your life easier Solves the problem Light-weight Transparent Simple

Our system uses 3 tools They  can  work  stand-­‐alone,   But  are  more  powerful  together  

Story Maps

The Backlog Unknown   Poorly  defined   Not  well  communicated  

Sedan Booking App RegistraPon   Booking   Payment   Enter  Contact   Informa<on   Set  pickup   details   Charge  Credit   Card     Enter  Credit  Card   Confirm  Pickup   Details   In-­‐app  Payment   Confirma<on   Set  Password   Receive  updates   on  my  Sedan   Email  Receipt  to   Rider  

How do teams coordinate?

Project Alignment

Cross-Team Dependencies Unknown  

Project Alignment

Project Alignment

Project Alignment

Project Alignment

Project Alignment

What will we finish in the next 3 months?

Project Portfolio

Delivery Date Unknown  

Project Portfolio

Project Portfolio

Project Portfolio


Culture Matters Only  YOU  can  prevent  forest  fires  

Customize Create  systems  that  your  teams  are   happy  using  

Questions? @ElliotSusel  

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