Get the Liars in the Same Room for Stakeholder Collaboration



The role of Product Owner is very difficult, especially when they have to satisfy varying and potentially conflicting needs of a diverse group of stakeholders. Often stakeholders have different communication styles, interaction styles and varying levels of project support ranging from champion to saboteur. This task becomes even more difficult when the person filling the Product Owner role is in a position where they can arbitrarily make decisions about what features get developed next without the support of those stakeholders.

This interactive session describes two techniques to aid the stakeholder collaboration with a wide variety of stakeholders to reach a single direction for the delivery team that the stakeholders will support. These techniques include determining and using Decision Filters to focus in on the appropriate features to deliver; and an an improvisation technique “Yes, and…” that keeps conversations with smart, experienced, strong willed, and sometime opinionated stakeholders positive and effective.

“Get the Liars in the Same Room” so that you can immediately try these stakeholder collaboration techniques and see if they can help you develop support among your stakeholders.


  • How to collaboratively determine decision filters that represent the true objectives of the effort.
  • How to use decision filters to focus in on the features/product backlog items that drive progress toward the objectives of the efforts.
  • How to facilitate the conversations used to determine and use decision filters in a positive and effective manner.


  • Length: 1 Hour
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Recommended Size: Any size audience

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