Managing large programs of work can be challenging. While business cases and initiatives are crafted to achieve specific business benefits, project management approaches are focused on managing delivery of a backlog of features that is often loosely coupled to the benefits. Agile has proven effective at providing early and continuous feedback on delivery versus the backlog. However, a similar feedback loop to continuously validate the underlying assumptions of the business case, is often missing. This often results in projects “achieving failure” by delivering on time on budget but failing to achieve intended business outcomes.

This workshop explains how lean start up validated learning can help embed benefits management in Agile delivery. The approach discussed enables project teams, as part of their delivery, to continuously assess the validity of the business case underlying assumptions and measure how close they are to realizing the business benefits. Participants shall experience a journey starting from the business case, articulating hypotheses, mapping business benefits to leading indicators, designing MVPs, building, testing and learning from MVPs. Appropriate governance and funding models are briefly discussed. Exercises based on real case studies will help participants gain more insight to the presented concepts.

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