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Monday, May 22 • 09:00 - 12:15
Blitz Planning Re-Imagined

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Please note that this session will work best with a maximum of about 20 attendees. 

Blitz Planning is a technique developed by Alistair Cockburn which builds upon and extends the familiar (from XP) planning game and described in detail in his book Crystal Clear. This workshop presents an updated version which borrows from the concept of the Kickstarter campaign to reflect current thinking around hypothesis-driven product development.

Blitz Planning is a fast moving highly collaborative activity which supports the development of the first three-month planning horizon for any technology project. The outcomes of a Blitz planning session can be used to inform activities such as story writing or story mapping, but the technique differs in both process and outcomes in several significant ways. Key among these are the breadth of the tasks included. In a Blitz planning session, tasks are written at a much higher level and include both technical and non-technical items such as the need to develop training or marketing materials, the need to identify and provision infrastructure. There are opportunities to identify any long lead or lag times or dependencies on a particular individual, or group. Because technical and business stakeholders work together, it is possible to rapidly identify project dependencies and bottlenecks and expose any potential hidden surprises in the project. A key benefit of this technique is the resultant shared understanding of what is actually involved in delivering the project. It gives business representatives the opportunity to ensure that the expected business value of the project is clearly understood as well as providing technical representatives with the opportunity to make sure that any technical constraints or challenges are properly socialised.

Blitz planning can be conducted towards the end of an inception or project kick-off workshop and provides technical and business stakeholders with sufficient information to make crucial decisions as early as possible in a project. A successful outcome from this technique may equally be a plan to conduct an experiment or even a decision not to proceed with a project in its envisioned form due to the identification of constraints.

While originally developed with technology projects in mind, this technique can be used to kick off many different project types.

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Kelsey van Haaster

Product Owner, Thoughtworks
Kelsey van Haaster is a Lead Consultant with Thoughtworks Inc. She has more than 15 years experience working with organisations and teams, helping them to transform their approach to work towards one which encompasses the benefits of Agility. Over the last 20 years, Kelsey has worked... Read More →
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Adam Hope

Lead Consultant, ThoughtWorks
Adam has a breadth and depth of experience which makes him hard to pigeon hole. He began his career as “web designer’ in the late 90s hand coding HTML and bridging the worlds of software development and visual design. Since then Adam has had a range of roles encompassing everything... Read More →

Monday May 22, 2017 09:00 - 12:15 CEST
Severinus 1 2nd Floor