Agile 2008 : Secrets of a Sticky Note Ninja

August 3rd, 2008
I’ve been looking forward to the Agile 2008 conference in Toronto for months, and now it’s here!
I’ll be speaking on the User Experience stage, talking about the power of stickynotes.Here’s the session description:

Sticky notes (aka Post-it Notes [tm]) have become the lingua franca of remembering pesky tasks and to-do items…yet their real potential lies in effectively and rapidly organizing collaborative group work. However, few teams know how to make the most of these simple yet powerful tools. In this workshop you’ll take your group collaboration skills to the next level with a set of methods that maximize the potential of sticky notes.

In user experience work, sticky notes are used in all stages of the process, from strategy to design and through development. In this hands-on tutorial, we’ll cover 8 simple, flexible and impactful methods that help you unpack problems, document workflows, identify issues & opportunities (and what to do about them) and keep everyone, from business folks to development teams, in sync and on target. And you’ll have the opportunity to test-drive 2-3 of these methods to gain hands-on experience with the methods.

Armed with only the most humble of office supplies (sticky notes and sharpie pens) we’ll work through 6 major collaborative challenges:

In user experience work, sticky notes are used in all stages of the process, from strategy to design and through development. In this hands-on tutorial, we’ll cover 8 simple, flexible and impactful methods that help you unpack problems, document workflows, identify issues & opportunities (and what to do about them) and keep everyone, from business folks to development teams, in sync and on target. And you’ll have the opportunity to test-drive 2-3 of these methods to gain hands-on experience with the methods.

Armed with only the most humble of office supplies (sticky notes and sharpie pens) we’ll work through 6 major collaborative challenges:

  • Unpacking problem and opportunity spaces
  • Gathering design and development goals
  • Building consensus for shared direction
  • Making sense of complex workflows
  • Delving into the roots of a problem so that you can solve it appropriately
  • Creating idea constellations that spark new approaches and directions

You’ll learn:

  • how to pick the right method for a specific problem
  • how to lead a group in collaborative sticky note sessions
  • how to organize a workroom for maximum collaborative success
  • keys to quickly and easily documenting workgroup results
  • how to work asynchronously via sticky-note boards

Jeff and Angela have put together a great line-up for the User Experience stage. I can’t wait to learn how prototypes, patterns, personas and postcards relate to Agile development. See you there!


2 Responses to “Agile 2008 : Secrets of a Sticky Note Ninja”

  1. Kelly Says:

    Everyone who atteneded this sesion said if they could go back in time they would attend this session again in an heart beat!

    Unfortunately I was not able to attend and was hoping it was one of the re-run- and was truely disapointed when I had no luck there :(

    I would like to request if you could video tape you next session to post either here or on youTube for those of us who were not fortunate enought to attend the session live but to see it in action on video.

    I would truly appreciate it!

  2. webmaster Says:

    Hi, Kelly: How nice to hear the response, and sorry to miss you at Agile!

    I’m setting up a date for a talk in SF that has a good chance of being video-taped. If that happens I’ll post the video here.

    I’m also putting together a set of slideshare shows for each of the methods. And when that’s done, you’ll hear about it on stickynoteninja.com.