Tatiana Kolesnikova and Arvid Torset

Norway – Seniordev

Product Management (F) 2018
Product Management (F)
Thursday 15:15 - 16:00

Session type: Lecture
Session level: Suitable for all

What to Build First: Defining MVP with Scenarios

What to Build First and Why: Goal-Oriented MVP

What is the minimal version that should be build? We ask this question when we configure both a brand new product or a new set of functionality in an existing one. How to define what is in and what is out? How to leave emotions and company politics out of MVP equation?

Goal-oriented MVP is a practical implementation of Lean Business and human-oriented design principles in development process. It is a methodology that helps the team define what to build first so that the result is really minimal, complete and helping reach business goals. The centre of this methodology is outcome scenarios: understanding how the first version of the product will work or rather how people will work with this first version.

During this lecture we cover the whole process – from initial idea all the way to the backlog of the first release. What we suggest is not a strict framework, but a set of flexible techniques that are applicable in different projects with different stakeholders and team composition.

The participants will learn:

• How to decide what is really necessary to build in the first version of the product and what can easily wait until stage two;
• How to make this first version as small as it can be and send it to the market as early as possible;
• How to proceed from the overall vision all the way to well structured Agile sprints.

Tatiana Kolesnikova - biography

Norway – Seniordev – Head of Design

UX design consultant with academic background in both IT and design, Tatiana’s main role is to breach the gap between these two disciplines. She has extensive working experience in information architecture, usability analysis and full range UX and UI design both in-house and as an external consultant.

Now as a head of design at Seniordev, Tatiana’s responsibility is to facilitate defining product strategy, organize collaboration between design, development and product parts of the teams and train and mentor UX and UI designers. She kick starts about half a dozen projects every year and making it as effective as possible is her most urgent need. Therefore she is deeply interested in the the most efficient methodologies and techniques in her field: she studies the experience of others, applies them in her everyday work and speaks about the results at tech and design conferences.

Arvid Torset - biography

Norway – Seniordev – Technical Architect

Building software development teams from ground up has been Arvid´s main specialty for more than ten years. His task is to assemble the technologies that are suitable for a particular business problem and then find the right set of people and skills for them. He has done this for clients in hugely diverse domains and also for several companies where he was a co-founder.

Work on all these projects have revealed the same problem: traditional tools and artefacts are not very suitable to establish efficient communication in team that try to work lean way. It is a new process that is needed, the process that ties all the stakeholders and developers closer together – from the CEO to the QA. Arvid is working on creating this process and teaching the teams to sustain and evolve it.

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