Unlock the full potential your refinement sessions

Good refinement makes development more predictable, leads to better solutions and enables the Product Owner to set the right priorities. Many teams fail to unlock the full potential of refinement.

I have guided many teams during their transition toward Agile. Initially most attention went to the ceremonies and understanding the agile values. Experience taught me that when the team gets up to speed refinement becomes a bottleneck. Crucial because good refinement makes development more predictable, leads to better solutions and enables the Product Owner to set the right priorities. Unfortunately, I see many teams that do not unlock the full potential of refinement. Not only is the time spent on refinement often limited, many of the refinement meetings I join are 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 discussions the best solution and risks that need to be avoided. In this talk I will focus on the following topics • Advantages of good refinement and what I see in daily practise • How we can boost the potential of Refinement by organising 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 making better solutions.


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