Jan. 21, 2014

Lean Startup + Story Mapping = Awesome Products Faster!

Double hands-on workshop at Agile Denver and Agile Austin will use Lean Startup concepts of Minimal Viable Product (MVP) and validated learning

The workshop will be presented on Monday, January 27th, at the meeting of Agile Denver and on Tuesday, February 4th at Agile Austin.

Too many companies focus on maximizing output rather than outcomes. Studies show over 60% of features built in the software industry are rarely or never used. You might deliver a lot of features, but if they are rarely or never used, does it matter how fast you do it?

To deliver the right outcomes, you need to learn your customers needs and validate your assumptions as early as possible. This means getting an early version of your product completed to start testing, validating and improving. This session will demonstrate how to combine Lean Startup and User Story Mapping techniques to determine where to start and how to learn early and often.

Participants will start with a partially completed Lean Canvas to flesh out and then define a product roadmap by building a Story Map. We will use Lean Startup concepts of Minimal Viable Product (MVP) and validated learning to focus on outcome over output.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance of accelerated learning and techniques to achieve it
  • How a Lean Canvas can help shape your product vision and MVP 
  • How to build a story map to create a product roadmap 
  • How to use a story map to validate your users' journey


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Brad Swanson

Brad Swanson started his software career at age ten on the Apple IIe and is now a Certified Scrum Trainer® and Coach with eighteen years of experience in management, project and program leadership, product management, and software development.
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Brad Swanson

Brad Swanson started his software career at age ten on the Apple IIe and is now a Certified Scrum Trainer® and Coach with eighteen years of experience in management, project and program leadership, product management, and software development.

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