Agile + DevOps West 2020 Tutorial: A Wanderer’s Guide To: Product Discovery And Strategy Design


Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

A Wanderer’s Guide To: Product Discovery And Strategy Design

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In many organizations product ideas often lack customer or business validation. Products or features tend to be a manifestation of a HiPPO (highest paid person’s opinion) or blind matching to a competitor. Likewise, product strategies are often pithy phrases, uninspiring targets, or contain too many goals to be actionable. Neither of these needs to be true! Using lightweight, evidence-based approaches that guide product discovery with demonstrable outcomes is key to finding customers and generating business value. Once a product idea has been refined, a well designed and deployed strategy will provide focus, alignment, and purpose for an entire organization. Attendees will be introduced to key concepts and provided with practical tools that allow product leaders to guide product discovery and create meaningful product strategies. Participants will gain hands on experience working through three separate canvases. First, the Product Discovery canvas will help you discover your customer and identify a problem or improvement that is valuable to them. Next, the Experiment Design canvas will help structure your activities to validate your assumptions around both customer and business value. And last, the Product Strategy canvas will allow the co-creation and deployment of a successful strategy.

Matt Barcomb

Matt Barcomb (@mattbarcomb) is passionate about cultivating sustainably adaptive organizations, coaches for DevJam, enjoys being out-of-doors, loves puns, and thrives—in roles from programmer to executive—on guiding companies toward more rewarding and productive self-organizing cultures. Matt believes that evolving companies to customer-focused humanistic systems is the greatest challenge facing businesses today. As such, he has dedicated an inordinate amount of his time and energy finding ways to help organizations become better places to work, play, and do business.