If you think that your Product Backlog is way too large, this do-it-yourself workshop is here to help. It contains a complete and tried-and-test string of Liberating Structures to involve your stakeholders in cleaning up the Product Backlog. Even better; it builds a personal connection between your Scrum Team and its stakeholders, makes the purpose of your product clear, and brings back focus to the work that matters!
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How does this help your team?
We all understand the power of focus. But finding that focus, and holding onto it, is challenging. As we wrote in our book, one great way to absolutely destroy focus is to have a massive Product Backlog that spans hundreds, perhaps thousands, of items. Keeping it short requires many things to be in place, including a guiding purpose and a Product Owner with a mandate, and the ability to say "No" to potentially great ideas that don't fit the time and budget you have.
The purpose of this workshop is to help your Scrum Team and its stakeholders to clean up the Product Backlog. The Product Backlog makes transparent all the work that needs to be done on the product to achieve a Product Goal. A huge Product Backlog decreases transparency because it is more difficult to see what's truly important. Also, a seemingly endless amount of work can be quite demotivating for Scrum Teams.
If you think that your Product Backlog is too large, give this do-it-yourself workshop a try and let us know how it went!
With the instructions in this guide, you should be able to run this workshop smoothly. But if you need help, we can also facilitate this workshop with you remotely. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and pricing.
How does it work?
The PDF outlines a detailed 5-step tried-and-tested 120-minute workshop that relies on Liberating Structures to engage and unleash your team. The string is designed with virtual teams in mind and includes:
- Celebrity Interview
- Impromptu Networking
This string of Liberating Structures is feasible from 8 participants and onward. We've successfully scaled it up to 100 participants (both virtually and in-person) without significant issues.
What do you receive?
- A 13-page full-color guide (PDF).
- We take you through the flow of the string in great detail. Not only do we explain all the steps involved, but we also explain why they are happening. This should make it easier to design your own strings in the future.
- The instructions support all virtual collaboration tools where you can create breakouts or separate channels occasionally (such as Zoom, GotoWebinar, and Teams). You can set up an additional virtual whiteboard in a tool like Mural, Google Slides, or Miro if you prefer.
- The PDF outlines additional resources and useful reading, both to prepare and to distribute afterward.