MoJ skills development

What are the MoJ skills development sessions?

The Delivery Manager Clan raised a few topics that some members would like to receive more information on, so Georg and David have set up a series of sessions that started in January 2017.

Each of the 7 sessions will run twice (on consecutive weeks). There are a maximum of 15 spaces for each session. In case of a no-show after booking please find a substitute, or make a donation of £3 to the British Red Cross.

Funds raised from 10 sessions held: £33. Thank You!

The sessions are:

  1. Story mapping
  2. Feature cards vs discipline cards
  3. Story writing & story splitting
  4. Design loves agile loves design
  5. Estimation vs estimates
  6. Forecasting and flow
  7. Roadmapping
  8. Pulling it all together


Session #1: Story Mapping – Done

Story mapping arranges user stories into a useful model to help understand the functionality of the system, identify holes and omissions in your backlog, and effectively plan holistic releases that deliver value to users with each release.

This session will briefly look at user needs, product vision, and then use story mapping to come up with user journeys, features, and their prioritisation and how to get to a proto-backlog.

Session #2: Feature cards vs Discipline cards – Done

The world of horizontal versus vertical slicing. In this session, you will run a simulation to investigate the benefits of building small slices of functionality.

Session #3: Story writing & story splitting – Done

Following session #1 where we mapped out the user journey and features, and session #2 where we looked at the benefits of focussing on features in the product backlog, we’ll now get to how to put that into practice. We will take a larger feature area and do the work to break it down into user-value-orientated small slices.

Session #4: Design loves agile loves design loves user research – Done

Developers and testers have generally sussed out how to work together, but how do other disciplines fit in? For example, where does design fit? In this session we will have a look at some team workflows, have various group discussions about collaboration techniques, and check out some examples looking sideways.

Session #5: Estimation vs estimates – Done

What is an estimate? Why are we estimating? What are some methods for estimating? How can we make our estimates better?

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Session #6: Forecasting. The answer to the popular “When can I have it?” query.

Ever wondered how to get a better handle on when you’ll be able to ship features/releases/milestones?
Forecasting is your friend. We’ll look at how to do forecasting in a Scrum/Kanban/ScrumBan team.
– What’s the difference between aleatory & epistemic uncertainty?
– How many data samples do you need for useful forecasting?
– How to predict ship dates using a burnup-chart or cumulative flow diagram?
– What is and how to use a Monte Carlo Simulator?

Book your place for this session on EITHER 20 March OR 27 March:

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Session #7: Roadmapping

Why should you build one and how you should go about it?

Book your place for this session on EITHER 3 April OR 10 April:

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Session #8: Pulling it all together

This final session will combine learnings from the previous weeks. Presently we foresee this to be a short recap of the whole programme (30min) and 1 hour for questions and discussion.

Book your place for this session on EITHER 17 April OR 8 May: