Tatiana Kolesnikova and Arvid Torset

Norway – Seniordev

Product Management 2018
Product Management
Thursday 15:15 - 16:00

Session type: Lecture
Session level: Suitable for all

What to Build First: Defining MVP with Scenarios

What is the minimal version of the product that should be build? How to define what is in and what is out? We suggest a technique that helps to leave emotions and company politics out of the MVP equation. The centre of this technique is scenarios, stories that describe how people use the product. Applied to different projects with different stakeholders, this approach works over and over again helping to make MVP live as early as possible.

This lecture teaches a specific application of scenarios as the tool that helps define the MVP so that the result is at the same time really minimal, complete and solving the business problem.

The participants will learn:

  • How scenarios can show 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 use scenarios to create a shared understanding in the team;
  • How to proceed from the overall vision 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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