The Green Traveller – Prioritizing Your Backlog to Make an Impact

Tutorial B     Start Time : 09:30     End Time : 13:00

Many teams are working in short iterations on their backlog items and often there is a poor connection with the longer-term roadmap. In this online workshop we learn how to order our backlog based upon business value and define a roadmap that delivers a workable release for the green traveler organization. Using the slogan: “Get out the plane take the train”, the Green Traveler aims to expand travel coverage in Europe by combining and linking train and aircraft services, to enable an environmentally friendly one-stop-shop. You will help the organization by sorting their backlog in such a way that it yields in releases with e2e business value that provide fast feedback loops for the business. While collaborating online with fellow participants you’ll explore the role of testing as a measure to create feedback and assess whether the roadmap should be altered to optimize for testing. In additional rounds we’ll explore the impact that DevOps and IT improvements have on the road map and we’ll check whether the technical solution we defined aligns with the company goals.

Join this tutorial if you feel that as a tester you miss the connection with the longer-term roadmap. When you feel that you cannot influence the planning and locally optimize your testing. If you feel you are testing in the wild. Chased by the need of the day. Participants of this workshop will gain insight in how to find routes through the forest and influence the planning of the development project, become part of the hunter’s team and hunt for quality, rather than be stuck in the wild.

You will understand how to prioritize your backlog and think in MVPs and releases. You will understand the role that the tester can play within the planning process in order to ensure build in quality and early feedback.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Learn how to effectively sort a product backlog based on value
  2. Experience different ways to define a roadmap with clear releases
  3. Understand the impact of testing, improvements and DevOps on the release planning


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  • Speaker

  • Derk-Jan de Grood EuroSTAR 2021 Programmee Committee


    Derk-Jan de Grood - Testmanager and Agile Coach, Squerist, Netherlands

    Derk-Jan de Grood works as agile transition coach for Squerist. He has worked for organizations like Nationale Nederlanden, ING Bank, DPD and Greenchoice and supported them in their Agile Transformation. He wrote several successful books and frequently publishes articles and columns for the major magazines. In 2014 he won the EuroSTAR Testing Excellence Award. In 2016 he published his 7th book: “Agile in the Real World, Starting with Scrum”. He is an experienced trainer, workshop host and a regular (keynote) speaker at conferences like Agile Summit Ibiza, Testing Uruguay, the Agile Testing Days and STAR conferences in Europe and America. On his own blog he shares his knowledge and experience for everyone to benefit.

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