SELISE Product Development Team Completes Agile Inception Workshop by Naresh Jain
March 18, 2014
The SELISE Product Development Team has just finished an intensive two days Agile Inception Training by Naresh Jain, a globally recognized leader in Agile and Lean Software development methods.
Over the last decade, as an independent consultant, Naresh has helped many globally recognized software organizations such as Google or Facebook as well as many startups and larges scale industrial companies to deliver mission critical software solutions. In recognition of his accomplishments, in 2007 the Agile Alliance awarded Naresh with the Gordon Pask Award for his contributions to the Agile Community. With a total of only ten laureates globally, this is the most prestigious award in the Agile Community.
As a Swiss Venture having a software lab in Dhaka, SELISE distinctively focuses on the Agile Software Development Process. Thus SELISE management has taken the step of sending the entire product development team to one of the best consultants within the agile arena for more in-depth analyses and viewpoints. The SELISE team went in with many questions and came back with new inspirations on how to rigorously integrate the whole agile process tailoring to the SELISE setup.
The workshop started with a ball point game referring to how often we underestimate our abilities and make wrong assumptions. Then the most important product discovery phase was covered to show how to think from a business perspective to solve the client’s problem, how to use user personas to devise product features and make the release plan accordingly.
On the second day of the workshop, the focus was more about Product Ownership and other roles and the Scrum Framework: How and why scrum works, what are the key responsibilities of the scrum master, his team and the product owner and also how other extreme programming practices are utilized. The best part of the workshop was the hands-on exercise on product discovery, story writing and release plan making on given topics among the teams.
The most important learning from the workshop can be quoted by Naresh like this, “You can think of 100 reasons of why something will not work out, but that is for losers. Why don’t you take the positive things out of something and take that learning to make it happen? That is what makes the difference between success and failure.”