Howard Podeswa


CEO | Noble Inc

Howard Podeswa is a thought leader in the intersection of agile and business analysis. For over twenty years, he has been helping large organizations adapt and optimize their business analysis and planning practices for agile software development approaches. He is the author of the popular book on agile analysis – The Agile Guide to Business Analysis and Planning: From Strategic Plan to Continuous Value Delivery (2021, Pearson). Previous publications include UML for the IT Business Analyst, 2nd Ed. (2009) and The Business Analyst’s Handbook (2008). At Noble Inc., he has provided agile and business analysis services to clients worldwide, including the International Standards Organization (ISO), Moody’s, the Mayo Clinic, TELUS, TD Bank, LabCorp, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Mawer Investment Management Ltd., Bell Nexia, and REI Coop.

Howard is a widely requested speaker at international BA and agile events, including European BA Day (Frankfurt, 2019), the Toronto Agile Community Conference (2015), the BBC Conference (2016, 2014), the agile Norway Developers Conference (NDC 2013), the BA Forum (Poland) and BA World conferences across North America. He is also a professional artist whose works have been shown extensively in commercial and public galleries. His exhibitions include Dépaysement | Studio (Birch Contemporary, 2022) and “A Brief History” (Kelowna Art Gallery 2017, Koffler Gallery 2016).

Presentation: Story Mapping Deep Dive: How to use Story Maps for Agile Quarterly/Release Planning

Who is this training for and why is it important?
Are you a Product Owner, Product Manager or Business Analyst in an agile organization? Attend this Webinar to gain a deep understanding of how to build and use story maps for agile release planning or epic planning. You’ll learn how to use Story Maps as an essential tool in adaptive, agile planning to: visualize the implementation and operational sequencing of stories; prove product and feature hypotheses; ensure a coherent set of features is delivered frequently; plan MVP experiments and quick wins; and to identify gaps and visualize dependencies. This is a rare opportunity to gain a deep understanding of this powerful planning technique with an acclaimed author on agile analysis and planning.

What you’ll learn and how you can apply it
By taking this workshop you’ll:
• Learn how to facilitate a Story Mapping session to plan an upcoming quarter or release cycle
• Leverage existing analysis models for Story Mapping – including use-case and business process models
• Use Story Maps to plan an MVP or spanning application in order to test market and technical hypotheses about the product or feature under development
• Use Story Maps to visualize how stories will combine to support sprint goals
• Use Story maps to identify and communicate dependencies and usage context

• A basic understanding of agile development, Scrum, and Kanban is helpful but not necessary.

Recommended Reading
• The Agile Guide to Business Analysis and Planning: From Strategic Plan to Continuous Value Delivery – How Product Owners and Business Analysts (BAs) maximize the value delivered by the team by Howard Podeswa (Pearson/Addison Wesley, 2021).
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