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    • Tuesday, August 06, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Arlington Tech Exchange (ATX) | Excella Consulting | 2300 Wilson Blvd, Ste 600, Arlington, VA 20001

    **Originally cancelled in January due to inclement whether is now re-scheduled for August 6th!**

    Making Agile Work for Data Teams: Writing Effective Stories/Requirements/PBIs for Data Products


    Want to help your data and analytics teams embrace Agile but don't know where to start? Wondering why your data team seems to struggle with creating manageable yet valuable stories? Curious why we think Agile for data teams is a distinct challenge?

    This session presents successes and lessons learned from applying alternative story decomposition and writing techniques on several data products across multiple teams. Returning to one of the fundamentals of what makes Agile valuable, namely to obtain feedback on feasibility and end user value as quickly and systematically as possible, our approaches strive to ensure teams have small, independent stories while still maintaining a value focus.

    We discuss ways to decouple the technical stack through stubbing and gradual tightening of the Definition of Done. This technique accommodates the necessary foundational work in the background while also obtaining early feedback about the value of the eventual product delivery options. A second approach incorporates Lean Startup concepts and centers on replacing traditional user stories with testable hypothesis statements that allow for explicit experimentation and risk trade-offs towards relevant milestones such as model quality, performance, predictive reliability, etc. in the context of extreme uncertainty.

    Join us as we discuss some of the friction Agilists can encounter on data teams, as well as some validated ideas for meaningful solutions.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Understand the inherent differences between standard development projects and data development projects
    • Improve awareness of potential pitfalls when helping data teams break down work into manageable and meaningful increments
    • Become familiar with two alternative techniques for writing Product Backlog increments (PBI) for data teams and when to use them

    About our Speakers:  

    Clare Stankwitz

    Clare works with a data and analytics team to continuously grow mindsets and improve methods around soliciting product feedback often, creating a sustainable flow, and self-organizing to provide frequent value delivery. Twinned with the product-related aspects of agility, she also teaches and mentors the team on the interpersonal dimensions of happy, high-performing teams, such as psychological safety, healthy conflict dynamics, and a culture of frequent person-to-person feedback.

     Mathias Eifert

    Mathias is a Lean-Agile pragmatist and coach at Excella with twenty years of public and private sector consulting experience. He has helped clients to improve their teams, systems, and products by implementing Lean and Agile concepts in a variety of roles, including as an Agile Coach, Business Analyst, Solutions Architect, and Process Improvement Engineer. Mathias helps clients discover the power of shortened feedback loops to manage uncertainty, optimize quality and customer experience, and maximize business value. He is particularly focused on coaching organizations to apply Agile and Lean principles to improve their own practices rather than relying solely on acquired process frameworks.  Mathias is a frequent presenter at local user groups and conferences including Agile2017/18, AgileDC, Mile High Agile, Big Apple Scrum Day, Keep Austin Agile, Agile & Beyond, TriAgile, BA World Washington, and the Toronto Agile Community Conference.


    6:00 - 6:30 pm   Dinner / Networking

    6:30 - 7:30 pm   Presentation

    7:30 - 8:00 pm   Q&A / Networking


    Register for the event with your IIBA DC member email to link with your profile. 

    Please email or if you have trouble registering.

Past Events

Monday, April 29, 2019 ProjectSummit*BusinessAnalyst World - Washington, DC
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 I'm a BA Girl in an Agile World
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Requirements Sidekicks
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Brain Agility: Overcoming Cognitive Bias
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 CANCELED: Making Agile Work for Data Teams: Writing Effective PBIs for Data Products
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Being the Product Owner Proxy
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Business Models, Differentiated and Industry Standard
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Lightning Talks & DC Chapter Social!
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Lead the Change with Values NOT Feelings
Monday, June 18, 2018 June | ProjectSummit*BusinessAnalyst World - Washington, DC
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 May | Process Mapping and Flows - When Pictures Say it All
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 April | Lightning Talks
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 March | The PM and BA Partnership and Its Importance
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 February | Ingredients to Create your “Gorilla Glue” to Make Training Stick
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 January | A Simulationist's Framework for Business Analysis
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Bias and its Impact in the World of Business Analysis
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Kanban in Context – Project Management and Business Analysis
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Agile Extension to the BABOK Guide
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Lightening Talks & DC Chapter Social!
Monday, June 19, 2017 ProjectSummit*BusinessAnalyst World - Washington, DC
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 There's an Elephant in the room, Am I am the only one who sees it?
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 An Agile Project Experience in Hyperdrive – GiveCamp for NonProfits
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Systems Thinking: Making Sure you are Solving the Right Problem
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Change Management: An Untapped Tool of Process Improvement
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Problem Solving in Local Government: Arlington County Edition
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 Applying Design to Improve Workplace Collaboration
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 Capturing Culture with NitroColdBrew
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 We are solving a problem, not building an app!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Fall series: Business Analysis Professional Development
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 Building a Performance Improvement Culture
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Summer Session - The Whole Story: User Stories and What Analysts Need to Know
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 June Meeting - What's in Your Mobile Analysis Toolkit
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 May meeting - Retrospect on the CBAP with the 2nd CBAP holder
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 March Meeting - Mastering Services in the Service of Others
Thursday, March 10, 2016 DC BAs Happy Hour
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 February Meeting - Winning with remote teams
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 ProjectSummit*BAWor­ld Call for Speakers
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 GWU Organizational Change Lessons Learned
Thursday, October 15, 2015 RESCHEDULED - IIBA DC BABOK V3 Study Group - Session 11
Thursday, October 08, 2015 IIBA DC BABOK V3 Study Group - Session 12
Friday, October 02, 2015 DC Business Analysts Development Day 2015
Friday, October 02, 2015 DCBADD Sponsorship
Thursday, September 24, 2015 IIBA DC BABOK V3 Study Group - Session 10
Thursday, September 17, 2015 IIBA DC BABOK V3 Study Group - Session 9
Thursday, September 10, 2015 IIBA DC BABOK V3 Study Group - Session 8
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 CANCELLED - GWU Organizational Change Lessons Learned
Thursday, September 03, 2015 IIBA DC BABOK V3 Study Group - Session 7
Thursday, August 27, 2015 IIBA DC BABOK V3 Study Group - Session 6
Thursday, August 20, 2015 IIBA DC BABOK V3 Study Group - Session 5
Thursday, August 20, 2015 August Meeting: Make Your User Stories Manageable Through Story Decomposition
Thursday, August 13, 2015 IIBA DC BABOK V3 Study Group - Session 4
Thursday, August 06, 2015 IIBA DC BABOK V3 Study Group - Session 3
Thursday, July 30, 2015 IIBA DC BABOK V3 Study Group - Session 2
Thursday, July 23, 2015 IIBA DC BABOK V3 Study Group - Session 1
Wednesday, July 08, 2015 July Meeting: How will the BABOK v3 Benefit You?
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 June Meeting: Using Lean thinking to Increase the Value of Agile
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