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Thursday, August 10 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Drive Executive Alignment on Agile Priorities at Scale (Stephanie Allen, Chris Coffman) Popular

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In 2009, Don Reinertsen suggested that prioritizing product development based on profitability projections (e.g. ROI) alone is a mistake, yet so many organizations continue to do that now. Perhaps that is because driving stakeholders to agree on the prioritization of development work is difficult under the best of circumstances; add in the support of competing verticals, acquisitions, and a rapidly changing marketplace and alignment can feel almost impossible.
That is the situation that we faced at Rosetta Stone. Thankfully, there is a framework designed to help teams weigh a variety of objective inputs to make effective decisions about the relative priority of work: Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF).
In this workshop, we will role-play the use of WSJF to gain consensus on the priority of potential development work. After a quick overview, participants will practice collecting inputs from stakeholders and using the weighted shortest job first formulas. Finally, we will present a case study for how we implemented this methodology at Rosetta Stone, with tips for overcoming potential obstacles. This session is great for product owners, managers, scrum masters, dev leads, and anyone trying to balance a complex set of priorities in a resource constrained environment.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the inputs of Weighted Shortest Job First and how to solicit them from stakeholders
  • Use the Weighted Shortest Job First formula to determine the priority of epics and features
  • Identify and overcome obstacles to successful use of the Weighted Shortest Job First method


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Stephanie Allen

Vice President, Digital Product Management, Pearson
I specialize in the design and development of educational technology products, leading the creation of innovative new programs that incorporate the latest industry advances in order to exceed expectations for learner goal achievement. Talk to me about product management and educational... Read More →
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Chris Coffman

Senior Director, Product, Rosetta Stone
I lead the Product Management and Project Management teams at Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone’s learning solutions are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. I'm passionate about helping our customers improve their lives... Read More →

Thursday August 10, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT