Better Software East 2017 Concurrent Session : Balance Discovery and Delivery with Dual-Track Agile


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Balance Discovery and Delivery with Dual-Track Agile

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Do your product teams frequently struggle to have groomed and well-defined stories ready for the developers? Do you find yourselves frequently in “feed the beast” mode to keep your development teams busy? Do your product teams have problems gaining shared understanding across product management, interaction designers, developers, and QA? If so, your product teams manifest the symptoms of single-track agile—and this session is for you. Sean McKeever explains the key steps in establishing dual-track agile methodologies at your organization, presents his experiences, and provides discussion opportunities. Sean explores specific discovery techniques and tools that can be used to tackle difficult product problems. A major outcome of these changes is to always have one or two sprints of discovered and groomed backlog ready for your development teams. In addition, using dual-track agile methodologies results in more efficient use of development resources, products that better meet your customer’s needs, and ultimately more success for your organization.

Sean McKeever

As director of product management and design at Edgenuity, Sean McKeever has specifically worked with product teams to make the transition from single-track agile to dual-track agile methodologies. Sean has worked in product management for nineteen years in a variety of technology companies, primarily in the K–16 education market. He spent two years on mobile app and mobile platform product management at Workiva, where he first started using dual-track agile methods. Sean’s work involved frequent interactions with prolific product management consultants, Marty Cagan and Jeff Patton, who accelerated his understanding and implementation of great discovery and delivery methodologies.