How to Find the Real Need with Socratic Questioning
A common piece of advice is that your team should discover the true need of your project. Unfortunately advice on how to make that happen isn’t as prevalent. In this session you’ll have a chance to practice a simple technique to get to the core of what your stakeholders need that has been around for over 2000 years – Socratic questioning.
Join Kent McDonald as he walks you through a technique aimed at uncovering the (not intentionally) hidden need that your stakeholders are trying to satisfy, without asking “why?” five times in a row. Kent describes the questions, why they work and in what context they work based on his experience with IT organizations and the Agile Alliance.
Come learn about and practice this technique so you can use it back at the office to drive toward the right outcome.
•Learn what socratic questioning is
•Learn how to identify your stakeholders needs using socratic questioning
•Determine when Socratic question is an appropriate technique to use
Kent J McDonald writes about and practices software product management. He has IT and product development experience in a variety of industries including financial services, health insurance, nonprofit, and automotive. Kent practices his craft as a product manager at LenderClose and provides just in time resources for product people at KBP.media and Product Collective. When not writing or product managing, Kent is his family’s #ubersherpa, listens to jazz and podcasts (but not necessarily podcasts about jazz), and collects national parks.