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Full name

Frederic Vandaele

Job Project Manager
email frederic [dot] vandaele [at] gmail [dot] com
Phone number 23 2 473 79 69 16
Company Trasys
City (Country) Belgique
Time 45'
Type of Conference Conference < 100 attendees
Level Sensitized

Kickstart your Product Backlog with Innovation Games


Agile Project Manager involved in important IT projects for the European Commission. Now working as Project Manager and ScrumMaster in DG CONNECT. Participate to the implementation of Scrum and provides support as Agile Coach to dev teams. Agile trainer and Innovation Games practitioner.


How to start your Scrum project? How to initialize your product backlog? You are not alone, in most agile projects, managing the product backlog remains a complex and difficult activity. Scrum said that it's the Product Owner that manage the product backlog but it does not tell us how (It's a framework you know). However, the product owners are people from the business. They have little or no experience with Agile and what it means in term of contribution to the project. How to involve a group of users in the creation of product backlog without that they feel cheated or ignored? How to prioritize dozens or even hundreds of user stories of varying sizes with a group of users representing different needs with conflicting interests? The Innovation Games are techniques that can address these issues. The art is to combine these methods with a view to a common vision to emerge as an initial product backlog that will help the Scrum team to start the project on a solid foundation.

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