Introducing the Product Roadmap Wall: keys to building alignment & buy-in with Chris Shinkle: An AgileIndy 2019 Conference Talk

AgileIndy is proud to announce Chris Shinkle as a speaker for the 2019 AgileIndy conference.

Implementing a product roadmap in an Agile way can be tough. Roadmaps are often written as a document that isn’t easily accessible. This can lead to a variety of issues. A good agile roadmap should allow for agile practices such as daily standups and planning. They should create high visibility and transparency, operate with low overhead, and provide the right information to the right people at the right time. In this talk, Chris will share how he’s implemented a Roadmap Wall. He’ll show how to incorporate the roadmap components into a highly visible and actionable format. The roadmap wall has multiple benefits and will: - give leadership and executives visibility into how their business objectives - influence features, story backlogs, and priorities -leverage delivery teams to understand technical feasibility tradeoffs - show the options available to satisfy competing customer needs - demonstrate a clear picture of how business objectives link to customer needs - provide near real-time information for decision making To realize these benefits, we’ll need to leverage a variety of familiar tools. Chris will show you how to use a kanban system to manage business objectives and OKRs, utilize priority queues, and incorporate WIP limits. You’ll learn how using an opportunity canvas and opportunity solution tree clarifies the customer’s need when roadmapping. He’ll show you a new way to use story maps when detailing features, improving communication and planning. In the end, you’ll walk away with a new method for visualizing your product roadmap, giving your team better decision-making information.

Chris Shinkle is a practitioner and maker. He is a thought leader and continually initiates new ideas and continuous improvement at SEP. His experience comes from building products with many large clients in a variety of industries: aerospace, medical, healthcare, finance, etc. He introduced and guided SEPʼs adoption of Agile software development practices in 2004 followed by Lean and Kanban in 2007. As SEPʼs Director of Innovation, Chris leverages many community ideas helping SEP engineers and clients delivery better products. Chris speaks at conferences across the United States promoting Agile, Lean/Kanban, Product Management, and Design Thinking. Chris was an inaugural members of Indiana's Techpoint Tech 25.