Design inception agenda
As mentioned earlier, a good agenda has a narrative, a logical flow through which we run activities that give us insight to ultimately fulfil the goals of the inception:
We start with aligning on what the problem, vision and goals are:
- Why are we doing this?
- Where do we want to be?
We then analyse the current and future states covering people, process and technology:
- Where are we now and where do we want to be?
- What are we dealing with?
We then head into top level to-be solution design: We define scope (usually feature / epic-level overall and story-level for the immediate next sprints) and functional / technical solution design. We agree how to prioritise, identify risks and dependencies, and define ways of working:
- What are potential solution options?
- What will the solution look like?
Finally, we make a recommendation (continue, pivot or stop).
When we continue, we define a delivery approach, team-shape, plan/roadmap and ultimately an estimate. This results in a statement of work and actionable immediate next steps:
- How do we get there?
- How do we deliver?