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10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

Whenever you are faced with an agile, dynamic environment—be it that your product is young and is experiencing significant change or that the market is dynamic with new competitors or technologies introducing change, you should work with a goal-oriented product roadmap, sometimes also referred to as theme-based. 1 Focus on Goals and Benefits. 2 Do the Necessary Prep Work. 4 Keep it Simple.

Agile Cadabra

Tyner Blain

Agile is not magical. Changing from a waterfall process to an agile process changes how your team works, and helps eliminate inefficiencies. Adopting an agile process does not let you magically have a more successful product. What makes agile powerful is also makes it dangerous. One tenet of agile is to make decisions at the last responsible moment. Game Theory.

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Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best

280 Group

Tesla Agile Development: Version 8.0 The post Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Agile Product Management Agile Cool Products FeaturesSoftware and Product Management at its best. Last week I received the version 8 update from Tesla. continue reading].

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Is Agile Really Cheaper?

Tyner Blain

There are several ways to answer the question “is agile cheaper than waterfall?” Agile done well is cheaper, as long as you measure correctly.” The right question is: is agile better?” ” How Agile Is NOT Cheaper. Agile delivers to-be-determined stuff incrementally and waterfall delivers predetermined stuff all at once. ”].

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Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

Agile” is something most teams do wrong*, without realizing they’re doing it wrong. Let’s apply this lens to agile as applied within a company, and see if it helps people decide to do things differently. When You Say Agile, What Do You Mean? There may be as many definitions of agile as there are teams practicing agile development.

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True North: Managing Long-Term Roadmap Needs with Agility

Pragmatic Marketing

So, how do you reconcile the needs of projecting a long-term product plan with the reality of a constantly changing market, especially when you use an agile approach like scrum? Agile Loves Roadmaps and Plans. Agile and scrum don’t discourage the creation of a product roadmap. To quote the agile guru Mary Poppendieck: “Agile hates plans, but loves planning.”. In short, with agile teams there is both the need for frequent planning and the challenge of keeping a plan up to date. Managing the unknown requires agility. By Dave West.

Podcast: Technically Speaking About Agile Product Management

Mironov Consulting

Agile Events 2016 Market Thinking Product ManagementCaryn Tomer & John Hartmann brought their Technically Speaking Podcast to Agile2016 in Atlanta.

Agile Marketing Using Scrum

280 Group

Many people in the technology world mistakenly believe that Agile is something new, but it really isn’t. Back in the 1940’s, Toyota adopted Agile manufacturing methodologies (specifically Kanban) to reduce waste and increase transparency across teams, and as a way to promptly address constantly changing customer needs. Product Marketing Agile Customer Needs Research Webinar

TEI 078: Traditional vs Agile project management for product managers–with Chuck Cobb - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

I often hear Agile practitioners talk about the evils of more planned methodologies, like Waterfall and Stage-Gate. He is the author of the best-selling book “The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile” as well as four other books on Agile Project Management and Business Excellence. common issues encountered when adopting agile project management.

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Scaling Lean Principles by Jeff Gothelf

Mind the Product

When you take the concept of lean and combine it with agile you start to build a practice of continuous learning, and at the core of continuous learning is experimentation and humility. And yet, with my clients it’s all agile and lean – everyone wants to be like a start-up,” Gothelf says. “It Experiment Or Die. For start-ups it’s “experiment or die”, says Gothelf.

TEI 090: Agile product portfolio management- with Brent Barton - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

We have explored the topic of product portfolio management in previous episodes, but not from an Agile perspective. That is the topic for this episode – Agile portfolio management. He is also a Principle at SolutionsIQ, a firm that helps organizations adopt Agile practices. Summary of questions discussed: What is Agile portfolio management? Innovation Quote.

Product Owner vs Product Manager

Mind the Product

Agile Product Management Skills ProductTank Video methodology Product Manager product owner Scrum team leadershipAs a Product Owner and the CEO of I was invited to speak at ProductTank NYC earlier this year about the conflict between the roles Product Owner and Product Manager. Who Is The Boss Anyway? But, what happens in organizations that already have product managers?

Product Owner vs. Product Manager Exploration

280 Group

In our recent Product Management Team Survey we found that in companies doing Agile development, 70% indicated that the Product Manager is also the Product Owner. Agile Product Management Agile Product Manager Product Owner RolesIf you don’t have a good understanding of both roles (whether you are doing both or just interacting with someone doing one of them).[continue

Interview: A Chat with BPMA Mentor and Edx CTO, Mark Haseltine

bpma ProductHub

At the same time, the rise of Agile development had a tremendous impact on the role of the product manager. Career Product Management Agile BPMA Career Development Early CareerLast fall, I had the opportunity to begin a six month mentorship program through the BPMA. Being paired with my mentor Mark Haseltine, CTO at Edx, was a unique and valuable experience. on a regular basis.

Backlog Refinement Takes You from Vision to Value

bpma ProductHub

Agile Conference, IEEE Conference Publications (2009): 333-337. Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis. Enabling Specification: The Key to Building Agile Systems.” Ellen Gottesdiener is an internationally recognized leader in the convergence of agile + requirements + product management + project management. Product Management Agile product execution

Productivity vs. Responsiveness

Mironov Consulting

Agile development teams think about productivity in terms of overall velocity metrics and backlog/roadmap commitment. leadership Market Thinking Organizations Portfolio Management Product Management agile economics interrupts metrics product management productivity responsiveness roadmap software velocityThese include extensive interviews with a range of internal stakeholders.

Executives, agile, and religion

Under10 Playbook

I’m an agile advocate. But that doesn’t mean I think everyone in the company needs to know the mechanics of agile methods. An agile consultant explained that the best way to get senior leadership on board with agile is for them to get Scrum certified. And here’s the interesting question: Why do senior leaders need to know anything at all about agile?

Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

Tyner Blain

Last month, Mike Smart of Egress Solutions and I gave a webinar for Pragmatic Marketing on product roadmapping when working in agile environments. But that’s another discussion entirely – and a big part of why “agile” came into existence in the first place. Context in Agile. A backlog lives within a roadmap, it does not replace it #agile #prodmgmt.

What’s the ROI of Innovation? – David Binetti

Mind the Product

Product Design ProductTank Video Agile derisking Innovation Lean stakeholder management valuationCurrently, David helps organizations innovate faster with less risk through Innovation Options, a valuation framework he created that gives entrepreneurs a product-friendly yet finance-approved answer to the eternal question: “What’s the ROI?” Finance’s Perspective.

Roadmaps vs. Agile Development?

Product Powers

I've never felt there was an inherent conflict between using an agile approach to development and having a high-level roadmap. I'll be leading a workshop on roadmapping with an agile bent at the MVP Conference in Arlington, VA May 18-19. I had a great conversation with Elliot Volkman about agile approaches to roadmapping, as a warm up to the conference. Agile Events RoadmapsThe latter sets out your destination, where the former is about figuring out the details of your path to that destination as you go. Check out the podcast.

Product Owner Manager – Alone Together

Tyner Blain

Did your employer staff UX, product management and product ownership on your agile team? Agile Product Management Product Strategy Requirements UXProduct owners and product managers. Two roles, often done by one person. What does the product manager own, and for what is the product owner responsible? Product Management Overlaps. and folding user goals into the bigger picture.

The Dirty Dozen Roadmap Roadblocks

Product Powers

Being Too Agile. Agile was developed as a response to lack of consistent direction from business execs. Yet many companies fear to map out a course thinking it's not allowed in Agile. Don't let being agile become an excuse for indecision. Agile Bad examples Prioritization Product Management RoadmapsA good product roadmap is one of the most important and influential documents an organization can develop, publish and continuously update. It’s the one document that steers the entire organization in delivering on the company strategy. The Dirty Dozen.

Feeding the product team using “pull”

On Product Management

Agile Development Development SteveJAs soon as somebody says you’re spending too much time on something, you’re on the right track.—Bob Bob Lefsetz, American music industry author. There are two approaches to delivering stories to your product team: pull and push. Typically, product managers and executives “push” more and more requests to the developers. Even though the team already has […].

Can marketing learn from agile?

Under10 Playbook

Marketing needs to focus on business prioritization—just like agile development teams.We We need to focus on business prioritization—just like agile development teams. What if we applied agile techniques to marketing? Does agile marketing make sense for your organization? —Michael Treacy & Fred Wiersema. ” I explained my approach. Need help?

The Myth of the Iron Triangle

280 Group

Lean Product Management Agile LeanI am always amazed at how often accepted truths turn out to be false. I am further astounded at how liberating it is to throw off the constraints imposed by those beliefs. The first myth that Kent Beck, the father of Extreme Programming, shattered for me is that change does not have to be expensive. The second.[continue continue reading].

Why do we adopt agile?

Under10 Playbook

I hear many reasons organizations adopt agile development so it's good to see the facts. The number one reason teams adopt agile is to accelerate product delivery. Agile is so much more than "cheaper development."). As I explain it to execs, agile allows you to change priorities in sync with the market. Agile helps you adapt to changing business conditions. Take a long-term view, and the interests of customers and shareholders align.—Jeff —Jeff Bezos, founder, Amazon. But in close second is enhance ability to manage changing priorities.

When I built products the stupid way

Street Smart Product Manager

New Product Development Product Development Product Management agile innovation leanIn 2007, ProductRepair (name changed), a market leader in its industry, was facing some serious threats: A rapidly maturing business. New “digitally native” entrants with greatly enhanced data collection abilities. A 100% call center based customer service model, with an escalating cost per interaction. Service partners with increasingly divergent strategies. Legacy IT infrastructure that made […].

Agile roadmaps – and other innovation insights for product managers July 22, 2016 - The Everyday Innovator – Resources for Product Managers and Innovators

Product Innovation Educators

10 tips for creating an agile roadmap. (1) The post Agile roadmaps – and other innovation insights for product managers July 22, 2016 appeared first on The Everyday Innovator - Resources for Product Managers and Innovators. Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers, developers, and innovators be heroes.

Good Enough

Tyner Blain

Agile Kano Analysis Prioritization Product Management Product Strategy Requirements Requirements Models Software development Kano analysis lean startup mvp product strategyWe hear a lot about building products which are “good enough” or “just barely good enough.” ” How do we know what “good enough” means for our customers? No one really tells us.

Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Roman Pichler

This is in stark contrast to the collaboration required in an agile process where product people are required to collaborate with the development teams on an ongoing basis—without neglecting the market and the internal stakeholders. As you may know, the product owner originated from Scrum, where the role is responsible for maximising the value the product creates. How come? So What?

Hiring Agile Product Owners – Where to Find the Best Ones

High Octane Product Management

What’s the ideal background for an Agile Product Owner and where should I look to find them? The Agile product owner is a hybrid role that’s part surrogate user and part product expert. Who’s better qualified to lead your Agile teams? Why Product Managers Become Practice Managers in an Agile Environment. The post Hiring Agile Product Owners – Where to Find the Best Ones appeared first on Proficientz. Wealth made simple: news and articles from IRC Wealth. How people use your products to do their job. Next Move: Product Owner. Name *.

Why Product Managers Become Practice Managers in an Agile Environment

High Octane Product Management

Well, good news: If your development team is using or implementing Agile, the stars are aligned in your favor. Incorporate these responsibilities into your next agile product manager job description and have fun doing product management the way it was meant to be! There are two common scenarios that product management teams face when making the shift from waterfall to Agile development. If you are a full-time product manager in an Agile environment (and not wearing the product owner hat), here is your single biggest change – and it’s one you’ll fully embrace.

As a product manager, you need to do just two things

Street Smart Product Manager

One of the biggest lies in product management is agile. That may sound like heresy, but hear me out… I actually love agile. It’s a great approach to reducing the risk of developing and shipping software. It’s a better software development methodology. But on its own it doesn’t solve the problem of providing a capital […]. The post As a product manager, you need to do just two things appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. Product Management

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What Will Product Management Be Like In 5 Years?

PM Hardcore

Think about the literal and connotative meanings of the words you use – requirements, features, roadmaps, applications, agile. The future is hard to tease out, but here’s what will happen in product management’s future. (CC CC 2.0 by PunkToad). Earlier this year Janna Bastow of ProdPad put out a call for opinions on the future of product management. Or managed to!).

The Product Roadmap and the Release Plan

Roman Pichler

It’s a type of project plan —albeit an agile one—and it usually covers the next three to six months. As explained in my post 10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap , I recommend using dates or timeframes on internal product roadmaps and omitting them on external ones, that is, on roadmaps that are shown to (prospective) customers. What is a Release Plan? for example. Artefact.

10 Product Backlog Tips

Roman Pichler

You can learn out more about the product backlog by attending my Product Owner training course and by reading my book Agile Product Management wit Scrum. Tip #1: Complement your Product Backlog with a Product Roadmap. Use a roadmap to sketch the overall journey you want to take your product on. State the upcoming major releases with their goals or benefits. Tip #4. Tip #5: Say No.

The Evolution of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

My goal was to put our varied methodologies and techniques (Lean, Agile, Jobs-to-be-Done, design thinking, etc.) The Agile Manifesto [7:06]. Other Links: The Agile Manifesto. The Agile Manifesto was the result of the software community being frustrated by traditional discovery practices. Now, the Agile mindset gives us a lot of value. I hope you enjoy it.

Mental Models for Product Managers – Part 2

PM Hardcore

It rests on another critical mental model, which also underlies “agile” – this is the idea that focusing on the most important thing first is the best use of your time. Brain Wiring (by Wellcome Images, CC licensed). In part 1 I introduced mental models and some reasons they are important. And I provided a few “general purpose” examples. They are not used enough. Cognitive laws.

Is Scrum Right for Your Product?

Roman Pichler

You can use it to implement an agile process with the flexibility to work on different items and release them individually at different times. When is Scrum Most Helpful? A process like Scrum is a great fit for your product when it is brand-new or young, and when you extend its life cycle, as shown in the picture below. For revenue-generating products revenue is commonly used, for example.

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The 280 Group’s Top Product Management Blog Posts of 2016

280 Group

Product Management Agile Free Template Product Manager Top TenHere at the 280 Group we have been maintaining a Product Management blog for over a decade Every year we produce articles that we hope our readers find interesting and useful. We felt that 2016 was likely the best year yet for our Product Management Blog so we would like to share with all of you the top 10 most visited posts of the year. Let us know in the comments which was your favorite, we appreciate the feedback. continue reading].