Hey agile product teams,

If you’re trying your best to stay on top of the COVID-19 situation, the next few posts are for you.
We're launching a series to provide practical hints for remote product management. 🎮 🚀

How to ramp up your remote team

StoriesOnBoard - 15-04-2020

how to ramp up your remote team

Let’s look at how you engage your team when you’re working remotely. 🎮

These 3 tips will help everyone work effectively as a remote team.
1️⃣ Have a strong message that inspires a team around the product
2️⃣ New teams are curious, eager but unsure. Provide direction by simply outlining everyone’s goals
3️⃣ Provide feedback. Early direction is the best way to keep everyone aligned

Story maps are a great starting point to bring everyone to the same page. Let's see how you can share this information while working remotely and sometimes asynchronous:
👉 leave a quick onboarding message on (about this board tab)
👉 if the stories are grouped around the same goal within a release, then jot down these statements into the release goals (release details)
👉 use notifications directly on the board to highlight superimportant things (transparent cards)

But the most important thing is to stay engaged with your new members. Keep talking and chatting in any way you can about what ever you can. This will help create an atmosphere as close to co-working as you can, which is important in cementing a new team’s camaraderie around a product and a vision.

Stay tuned and stay connected!

Importance of standups in PJs

StoriesOnBoard - 02-04-2020

importance of standups in PJs

The mornings ‘standup’ - this event often becomes boring and automatic. ⏰ But when remote working for long periods of time it’s a key event to re-energize. 📈

Why?
👉 It’s like a morning welcome to the team, showing everyone remembers and cares for everyone.
👉 Issues will still hit delivery. Stand up is the best time to clear the air early.
👉 You can health check everything - tickets and the team.
👉 It immediately puts structure into the day and helps plan the entire day.

The product story map is a perfect place to overview the current sprint. It provides a high-level view to:
✔️ see the context
✔️ discover dependencies
✔️ track progression

Poor internet connection? No worries! 🤓

Turn off the screen sharing mode, and use the presenter mode on the story map! Everybody will be on the same page!

PJs or no, standups are an important part of every delivery team's schedule. Keep your eye out for a future post on how to energize these while your team is remote working!

Stay tuned and stay connected!

Make your backlog easy to understand

StoriesOnBoard - 27-03-2020

make your backlog easy to understand

Let's dive into the topic of remote collaboration. To manage all the activities around backlog and product management you have to pick the right method to organize backlog items.

What are the requirements of the "right method" these days?
☑️Accessible for all the remote teammates
☑️Supportive of live and asynchronous work
☑️Super easy to understand (reduces adoption time)
☑️Able to involve non-technical stakeholders

We here at StoriesOnBoard strongly believe in user story mapping that keeps agile teams connected. Online story maps are the backlogs that all developers, non-technical team members, and stakeholders understand. Managing the backlog online gives everyone the ability to work remotely, whether in real-time with the presenter mode or asynchronous with comments and mentions.

If you're new to story mapping, check out this short article: https://storiesonboard.com/user-story-mapping-intro.html

When you are familiar with story mapping, the next goal is to involve the dev team...Follow us and we'll show you how to teach story mapping in 30 minutes.

Stay tuned and stay connected!

Remote toolkit for agile product teams

StoriesOnBoard - 24-03-2020

make your backlog easy to understand

Hey agile product teams,

If you’re trying your best to stay on top of the COVID-19 situation, the next few posts are for you.

We're launching a series to provide practical hints for remote product management. 🎮 🚀

Check out the topics:
👉 How to turn your offline backlog to online seamlessly
👉 How to manage remote brainstorming
👉 How to teach and ramp up your team on agile product planning
👉 How to involve stakeholders with backlogs
👉 How to manage iteration/sprint planning remotely
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Stay tuned and stay connected!

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