AgileByExample 2019

Aleksandra Pyta

Aleksandra Pyta is a Senior Project Manager and Team Leader at Netguru. She is responsible for a portfolio of over 10 projects which involve around 75 people.

Her main passion is growing: herself and people around her. When she’s not at Netguru working with her Team of Project Managers, she works with students at Collegium Da Vinci, where she teaches communication. And when it comes to growing herself – she’s addicted to reading and is a certified PSPO I, PSM I, PSM II.

She loves collecting new experiences and traveling the world – and what she loves the most is combining these two. She spent some time in Denmark, where she polished her communication skills in a Marketing Management course. Then she calculated the perfect pressure in steam boilers and transmission line losses during her studies at Poznań & Warsaw University of Technology. She also spent a few months in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, preparing documentation for a III+ generation AP1000 reactor and enjoying hot-dogs at Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games.

User story mapping

How to control the constantly growing scope of the project? What to do when the Product Owner is inexperienced, does not have a coherent product vision and gives the team conflicting information? One can (a) panic, (b) get lost in a constant flow of chaotic request and requirements, (c) push team do more when they seem to know less with every single day. I know this well, I did all of those. But then I tried something else that saved us from a certain catastrophe.

On the example of one of the projects from my portfolio I will show you how introducing story mapping in the middle of the project:
- allowed to specify the shape and scope of the product
- provided a common language for the PO and the Team,
- saved the project from being killed by the scope creep,
- inspired the Product Owner to dig deeper into product development

I will show you that this tool can be used not only to create a vision of a product at the beginning of the PO x Dev Team cooperation but if you missed that ship you can still get onboard also later on to reap some benefits.