Agile Requirements 2-Day Workshop

This 2-day course teaches you how to discover and continually refine a healthy product backlog to deliver high value products. You learn effective, efficient, and creative ways for stakeholders to converse as “product partners,” gain an appreciation of the content and the timing of requirements analysis in agile projects, and why it’s crucial for the entire project community to collaborate throughout each delivery cycle.

Through practical, integrated workshop exercises you learn to holistically analyze product needs and make just-in-time decisions on what to deliver next. Using collaborative techniques, you learn to slice features and stories into well-understood, valuable chunks. You experience how to engage in “structured conversations” to discover and allocate high-value options for the next delivery cycle, at any level of agile product planning. You experience the essential practices and many of the tools and techniques in Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman’s popular book, Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis.

This course is endorsed by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) and aligns with the IIBA’s Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK®) applicable tasks and techniques. By attending this course you’ll earn 14 PDs (Professional Development hours) or 14 CDUs (Continuing Development Units).


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Your Extra Value for Attending:


This course is valuable for all members of agile delivery teams: product owners, customers and users, scrum masters/project leaders/facilitators, business analysts, subject matter experts, data analysts, data architects and administrators, developers and designers, user interface/experience experts, agile project advisers, and coaches—anyone who is involved in defining, discovering, analyzing, verifying, validating, and specifying product needs and translating them into working software.


Exposure to agile concepts is helpful but not required. Awareness of good requirements practices and analysis models is desirable but not required.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the agile framework and how it differs from traditional development
  • Describe key concepts foundational to rapidly discovering product needs (requirements)
  • Analyze product needs using the 7 Product Dimensions, requirements analysis models, and examples to holistically discover and allocate requirements to plans
  • Assemble high value product options into cohesive stories using an explore-then-evaluate pattern
  • Confirm stories with scenarios and acceptance tests
  • Describe the value of using analysis models to explore, evaluate, confirm and allocate product needs
  • Allocate product needs to planning views
  • Explain key principles and practices of agile requirements analysis and how to transition to agile analysis practices

Course Outline:

1.    Agile Foundations Overview

  • Key concepts
    • Product
    • Product Partners
    • Value
    • Product Backlog
  • Intro to Agile
  • Intro to Stories

2.    The Structured Conversation

  • The seven dimensions of product requirements
  • Explore and evaluate the user, action, data, control product dimensions
  • Analysis models
  • Scenarios
  • Steel rod, thread
  • Acceptance tests
  • Given-when-then tests
  • Explore and evaluate the interface, quality attribute, environment product dimensions
  • Crosscutting requirements
  • Estimating

3.    Allocate Product Needs

  • Agile plans and views
  • Adapt the 7 Product Dimensions

4.    Wrap

Your Instructor:

Ellen Gottesdiener, Founder and Principal with EBG Consulting, is an internationally recognized facilitator, coach, trainer, and speaker. She is an expert in Agile product and project management practices, product envisioning and roadmapping, business analysis and requirements, retrospectives, and collaboration. Ellen works with global clients and speaks at numerous industry conferences. She is a Certified Professional Facilitator and a Certified Scrum Master. In addition to co-authoring Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis, with Mary Gorman, Ellen is author of two acclaimed books: Requirements by Collaboration and The Software Requirements Memory Jogger.