Product Open Space & Roadmap Building Exercise

For each unconference day we’ve scheduled a unique type of activity, to encourage all participants to collaborate and share their experience with the others.

 

Product Open Space

During the Open Space, you can present ideas, share your favourite techniques or tell meaningful product stories. Teach and learn from others by having free conversations on interesting topics.

The Open Space does not have a pre-defined agenda. The participants themselves create it for the group, in the opening (about 20 minutes). A facilitator invites attendees to think about and propose relevant topics that they would like to discuss with their peers.

 

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Marketplace filled with proposed topics

 

You can propose one or more sessions, as long as there are available slots on the marketplace. The marketplace is a visual agenda for the Open Space, with 4-6 designated places and 3-4 time slots. You can see an example of a completed market place below. At the time of your session you need to be at the designated place and lead the discussion. You don’t need to be an expert on the topic, it can even be something you are curious about and would like to learn from other attendees and speakers.

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Attendees propose & present sessions for the marketplace

 

Every Open Space session is self-organized, where the only rule that applies is The law of two feet: “If at any time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet, go someplace else.”.

The session ends when it ends. If the discussion is running out of fuel, everyone should feel free to move to another session that is happening in parallel. On the contrary, if you want to continue the discussion, there’s always plenty of space in the lobby or at the bar.

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Group discussion during Open Space.

 

Roadmap Building Exercise

During the two hours exercise, all the involved participants will contribute to building the roadmap for a product. In a facilitated exercise, you will decide on the scope of the product iteration, split into groups that will each work on developing the roadmap for your product feature.

You will learn to create a storymap, you will write user stories for your “local” roadmap, and at the end of the exercise you will compile a big storymap and notice how all the pieces come together.

The exercise is designed to show you the benefits of building and maintaining your product roadmap in the form of a story map. It will encourage you to collaborate with other participants and help you learn about their decision process.

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