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Visual and Collaborative Modelling

Visual and Collaborative Modelling

The way agile software teams gain knowledge about what to build is either by the product owner or business analyst serving as a proxy to domain knowledge. Domain knowledge usually ends up as second-hand news in either functional design documents or as user stories in some scrum tools like Jira. Second-hand knowledge is a significant risk when building software. Each time information is transferred just like doing the telephone game, the story is changed, and people make assumptions. Because as Alberto Brandolini said: ‘It is not the domain expert’s knowledge that goes into production; it is the developer’s assumption of that knowledge that goes into production’.

Even when these stories are shared first hand, they usually are discussed sitting around a table looking at a screen showing the user stories. Addressing complex problems without visualisation is impossible for most humans to solve. Doing so resolve in making a lot of assumptions again, which will stop us from building the right thing.

Join me in this session where I will explain how visual collaborative modelling can help you write better software. Through proper preparation and facilitation, we can co-create solutions. Co-creating solutions by visual collaborative modelling make sure we have buy-in from the entire team. You will end up knowing how to start your visual collaborative modelling journey with tools like EventStorming and Example Mapping.


Kenny Baas-Schwegler

February 05, 2020


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    to production, it is the assumption of the developers that goes to production - Alberto Brandolini @kenny_baas
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  11. 11 “That shallowness of knowledge produces software that does a

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  53. Visual and collaborative modelling ➔ Reduce handovers, get first-hand knowledge

    by collaboration! ➔ Visualise complexity and be aware of cognitive bias! ➔ Only talk about visual things ➔ Room Setup is important ➔ Keep spreading by asking: Who recognises…...? ➔ Start by doing in a safe environment, else get an experienced facilitator. ➔ There are no Silver Bullets! Pick your tool for the job! @kenny_baas
  54. Learn more…. @kenny_baas Ruth Malan @ruthmalan Dawn Ahukanna @dawnahukanna Rebecca

    Wirfs-Brock @rebeccawb Evelyn van Kelle @EvelynvanKelle https://www.visualcollaborationtools.com/ The Collaborative Modeling Unconference 2020 Upcoming book community book: Leanpub:
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