2017 Product Conferences

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EvolveUX 2017. DDD eXchange 2017. Agile and Beyond. Mile High Agile. UXLX: User Experience Lisbon 2017. UX London 2017. Agile Dev West Conference. UX Scotland 2017. Agile Australia 2017. Design & Content 2017. Agile 2017. UX Week 2017. User Experience Awards 2017. Agilia Budapest Conference 2017. I often get and see on social media questions about upcoming product conferences.

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Agile Beyond Software

280 Group

I recently attended a meeting of the Silicon Valley Agile Leadership Network on the topic Agile Beyond Software. The speaker was Jeanne Bradford, her talk was based on her experience developing customized Agile processes for hardware companies. At the start, Jeanne said that people doing Agile software might find their “heads.[continue The post Agile Beyond Software appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Agile Product Management Agile

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Agile Marketing Using Scrum

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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. Agile Marketing With Development Using Agile innovation for software development may help accelerate and optimize completion of a product.

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How To Talk To Your Executives About Agile

The Secret PM Handbook

People have asked me “How can I get my execs to support an agile transformation? Reframe the Agile conversation around value. Don’t talk about scrum or methodologies or the Agile Manifesto. And as you implement these solutions, you end up doing agile or something that looks very much like it. Another way to say this is that you implement agile to get good answers to those questions.). These two ideas are often munged together in agile discussions.

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How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

2017 State of Embedded Analytics Report, 93 percent of applications offer some form of embedded analytics capabilities. Teams of agile developers race along the product. HOW TO PACKAGE & PRICE EMBEDDED ANALYTICS.

Why Agile Marketing is the Key to Successful Products

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Can Agile Marketing give you an edge? The post Why Agile Marketing is the Key to Successful Products appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Product Marketing Agile Market Research Methodology WebinarThis is a guest post by John Armstrong, CMO, Zettaset. The past five years have witnessed a sea change in marketing methodologies and processes at a rate that continues to accelerate.

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What we Learned About Product Management in 2017

Mind the Product

As another year draws to a close, it seems appropriate to look back at some of the highlights of 2017, assess the progress we’ve made as a community, and examine how we’ve pushed the craft of product management forward. So here’s a look at what we learned in 2017 based on our most read posts of the year. A few months ago Jonny Schneider unpicked the buzzwords behind Design Thinking and sought to explain how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile work together. General 2017

How To Talk To Your Executives About Agile

The Secret PM Handbook

People have asked me “How can I get my execs to support an agile transformation? Reframe the Agile conversation around value. Don’t talk about scrum or methodologies or the Agile Manifesto. And as you implement these solutions, you end up doing agile or something that looks very much like it. Another way to say this is that you implement agile to get good answers to those questions.). These two ideas are often munged together in agile discussions.

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Agile Transitions – Managing Expectations

Clever PM

We live in a day and age where there’s a ton of information and mis-information out there about pretty much every topic imaginable, and Agile development is certainly not immune to this phenomenon. In fact, anyone who looks for help in pushing through an Agile transformation in their organization is immediately confronted with a vast […]. Product Management Agile Culture Definitions Good PM Influence Leadership Organization PM Scrum

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Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating. I “went agile” in 2000/2001 – I was writing software and leading teams at an enterprise software company at the time, and we adopted elements of XP and other agile practices in what we branded (internally and externally) as Fast Cycle Time (FCT). For agile at scale, I don’t believe this is true.

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Why Does Agility Matter?

Clever PM

We tend to take the fact that agility is important as a given, when the reality is that not everyone in the business world has reached the same conclusion. Thus, it’s important sometimes to take a step back and examine why agility actually matters, so that when we’re faced with people who aren’t as convinced as […]. Product Management Agile Culture Definitions Good PM Influence Leadership Organization Scrum

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Book review: “Product Roadmaps Relaunched”

bpma ProductHub

As companies adopt agile and lean methodologies, there was clear need for education on a new way to manage product roadmaps”. This is being hosted at Kronos new offices in Lowell on Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 6:15 to 8:45 pm. How would you assess your own roadmapping process? A new book, Product Roadmaps Relaunched, could help you re-think and re-launch your approach to Product Roadmapping.

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The Potential of Agile

Tyner Blain

When an executive, too far removed from what makes creating products hard thinks of “agile” as a silver bullet it becomes difficult to manage expectations. The business practice of agility (small a) – specifically when an organization, and not just a technology team, adopts the practice – has a lot of potential. It is precisely that potential which inspires not-yet-informed executives to learn about how agile could help them.

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Agile Died While You Were Doing Your Standup

Mind the Product

Despite the successes Agile has brought us, it’s time to take the things we have learned from Agile and move on. Like the technology we use to build the products we love ages and gets left behind, Agile has died while we were perfecting our standup. Personally, I can’t stop thinking about the pain that this new reality – the one that comes after Agile – is going to cause a lot of enterprise companies. Agile isn’t to blame for this.

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Top 10 Product Guest Posts of 2017

Mind the Product

Agile Died While You Were Doing Your Standup. The inimitable Nate Walkingshaw argues that despite the successes Agile has brought us, it’s time to take the things we have learned from Agile and move on. Like the technology we use to build the products we love ages and gets left behind, Agile has died while we were perfecting our standup. Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together. Dual-Track Agile: Why Messy Leads to Innovation.

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Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together

Mind the Product

The ideas of Agile are great. Design Thinking is how we explore and solve problems; Lean is our framework for testing our beliefs and learning our way to the right outcomes; and Agile is how we adapt to changing conditions with software. Agile is related to Lean. In conditions of high uncertainty, Agile offers ways to build software that is dynamic and can adapt to change. The heart of Agile is adapting gracefully to changing needs with software.

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Understanding Scrum

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Watch Our Sample Video From the new Agile Excellence for Product Managers and Product Owners Online Self-Study Course In Scrum, we have a list of Product Requirements called the Product Backlog. Agile Product Management Agile Framework Methodology Product Owner YouTube VideoLet’s start with a birds-eye-view of understanding Scrum. We’ll define the main phases of a Scrum project framework and explore each of these in detail later.

Requirements, Roadmaps & Rollouts: The B2B Product Manager Magazine, February 2017

Product Management University

We also throw in a few tips for hiring the best Agile Product Owners, and a universal product management framework that’s been sitting right under our nose. What’s the Ideal Background for an Agile Product Owner? View the February 2017 Issue. The post Requirements, Roadmaps & Rollouts: The B2B Product Manager Magazine, February 2017 appeared first on Proficientz. The February Issue of The B2B Product Manager is now available.

Agile product management–and other innovation insights for product managers Dec 1, 2017

Product Innovation Educators

10 tips for the agile product manager. (1) 1) Act as a Product Leader, not as an Agile project manager. (2) 2) Explain to your stakeholders why you’re working Agile. (3) Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes. 3) Be product oriented instead of project oriented. Read details and seven more tips at [link]. Everything product managers need to know about SEO.

Podcast: Product Management in Agile Orgs

Melissa Perri

After Mile High Agile, I sat down with Howard Sublett from SolutionsIQ for the Agile Amped Podcast. We talked about how Product Management is missing from many Agile Teams and how they need to think about introducing the right practices and principles. Check out the podcast below. The original link to the podcast is here. podcast

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Definition of Minimum Viable Product

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Here we have Greg Cohen, author of Agile Excellence for Product Managers and Lean/Agile Product Management expert from the 280 Group staff. Lean Product Management Agile Customer Needs Lean YouTube VideoIn this video we are going to talk about one of the core concepts behind Lead Product Management which is the Minimum Viable Product, or MVP. Greg starts by giving us a basic definition of MVP, what is it and why is it important.

The competitive advantage of BPMA sponsored groups

bpma ProductHub

An Agile Product Open meetup recap. The Agile Product Open meetup is one such group that is dedicated to advancing the principles and practices of product management. It’s a collaborative forum for leveraging Agile to discover and deliver better products, sooner. On Thursday, April 27th, 35 intrepid Agile Product Open evangelists met at the iZotope offices in Cambridge, MA. The theme for the evening was “Agile Product Roadmaps”.

To 10x Your Profits Start With Retrospectives

The Secret PM Handbook

Agile Rules of Thumb Tools agile business benefit retrospective20% is boring. As many of you know, there’s a technique called a “ retrospective ” in scrum, or you might call it a debrief. After each sprint the team spends a short amount of time reviewing what went well, what could be improved, and what they should stop doing. The goal is for the team to learn quickly from each sprint. So, let’s say I really wanted my team to start doing retrospectives, and the team is unwilling.

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The Secret Product Management Framework

The Secret PM Handbook

Agile development methodologies. One of the most challenging questions about product management has been – in my experience – “What is Product Management?”. In this post, I share a simple model or framework to answer this question. I talk about this model with lots of people, but I’ve never explicitly written it down in a post. I’ve found the model to be very powerful in my career, and I hope it’s helpful to you.

How to Prioritize Product Backlogs in Three Easy Steps

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Agile Product Management Product Management Agile Best Practices Framework Prioritization Productivity YouTube VideoPrioritize Product Backlogs in Three Easy Steps Using effective, time-tested techniques to prioritize product backlogs is an important step in getting a product to market rapidly that meets customer needs.

Recap of 2017 Predictions & Trends for User Experience Design & Research

Userzoom

At the start of 2017 I made several predictions about UX design and research. Hopefully you had a great 2017 and (soon) a very happy 2018! A quick recap for UserZoom – in early 2017 we redesigned the entire UserZoom product and have consistently improved it throughout the year, and will continue to do the same in 2018. Below is a recap of how my 2017 predictions (from Jan of this year) turned out. Agile, Agile & even more Agile.

To 10x Your Profits Start With Retrospectives

The Secret PM Handbook

Agile Rules of Thumb Tools agile business benefit retrospective20% is boring. As many of you know, there’s a technique called a “ retrospective ” in scrum, or you might call it a debrief. After each sprint the team spends a short amount of time reviewing what went well, what could be improved, and what they should stop doing. The goal is for the team to learn quickly from each sprint. So, let’s say I really wanted my team to start doing retrospectives, and the team is unwilling.

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Escaping the Build Trap by Melissa Perri

Mind the Product

Then she discovered Agile and churned out features even faster. In this insightful talk from Mind the Product San Francisco 2017, Melissa shares how to identify whether you are in the build trap – and more importantly what we can do as product leaders and product managers to escape it. Process – Agile is not the answer to all of our prayers because Agile does not have a brain. We need more than just Agile to build great products.

Lean Product Management – Minimizing Wait Times

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Lean Product Management Agile Lean Productivity WebinarIn the previous post on developing a Lean Mindset, we covered flow efficiency and how to apply the principle to get from idea to MVP (minimum viable product) faster. The post ended by mentioning two ways to shorten the time to MVP: Minimizing wait times (i.e., non-value added time) and Improving the productivity of our value-added steps. In this post we’ll focus on the first method, to minimize wait times.

Featured Product Management Consultant: Greg Cohen

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Our second Featured Product Management Consultant is Greg Cohen, an Agile PM expert who discusses the most important skill a Product Manager can possess and the most common mistakes made in an Agile environment. Product Management Agile Product Manager Product OwnerEvery few months or so, we will bring you a new interview with a featured 280 Group Consultant/Trainer who discusses a number of Product Management issues.

Developing a Lean Product Management Mindset – Part I

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Lean Product Management Agile Lean ProductivityIn today’s fast pace, hyper-competitive world of product development, a lean mindset is a new skill product managers and product teams need to develop. But what exactly is a lean mindset? At its simplest, Lean is a way to analyze our process and actions in pursuit of delivering value to the market faster. For product management, the goal is to achieve product-market fit in less time with fewer resources.

Getting Back to the Roots of Agile

Pragmatic Marketing

Agile. Or at least, that’s the way it feels in 2017. ” The entire thing makes me feel exhausted and locked into a process that doesn’t feel very agile. The authors of the original Agile Manifesto never intended for it to feel so restrictive. This doesn’t mean working with agility is without discipline—quite the opposite. But reviewing our processes with an agile mindset made the decision to change easy. Want to hear a joke?

Are You Doing Your Standups Wrong?

Clever PM

Product Management Agile Communication Culture Definitions Good PM PM Roles ScrumDuring this year’s ProductCamp Seattle, I sat in on a great presentation by Dave Manningsmith where he discussed several dysfunctions of the daily standup ceremony (or “ritual” as he referred to it) that so many of us participate in on a daily basis. And it really made me think a lot about just how badly […].

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. By offering the product owner role, these organisations can start working in an agile way without the immediate need to establish a product management group and initiate an organisational change process.

To 10x Your Profits Start With Retrospectives

The Secret PM Handbook

Agile Rules of Thumb Tools agile business benefit retrospective20% is boring. As many of you know, there’s a technique called a “ retrospective ” in scrum, or you might call it a debrief. After each sprint the team spends a short amount of time reviewing what went well, what could be improved, and what they should stop doing. The goal is for the team to learn quickly from each sprint. So, let’s say I really wanted my team to start doing retrospectives, and the team is unwilling.

Agile Approaches Require Management Cultural Change

Johanna Rothman

Ron Jeffries, Matt Barcomb, and several other people wrote an interesting thread about prescriptive and non-prescriptive approaches to team-based agile. If you don’t want to read the entire thread, here is a summary: People often need help with their agile approach. To use Scrum effectively—or any other agile approach—team members need to think themselves about what agile approaches mean to them personally, and as a team.

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A Better Approach To Demoing Can Turn Sales Around

The Secret PM Handbook

The sales engineers felt this was due to a large degree to our “story” on agile. Our product was not as strong as some of our competitors for managing agile projects. Even though we had a lot of customers successfully using it for agile projects, the sales engineers felt severely challenged because we didn’t have the features to show in the sales demo. ” Problem One: It’s Not About Agile. Portfolio management has always been an “agile” activity.

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Gerard Chiva, an Agile coach, on the future of Agile and developing a culture of innovation

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Interview On the future of Agile and developing a culture of innovation Gerard Chiva, an Agile coach Gerard Chiva is a highly experienced Agile transformation coach, but this definition is too narrow to describe his true value to the companies he has been working with since 2009. The post Gerard Chiva, an Agile coach, on the future of Agile and developing a culture of innovation appeared first on RealtimeBoard Blog.

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Dominating Your Market, Agile Role Clarification and The Price of One-Off Features

Product Management University

The B2B Product Manager Magazine June 2017 is now available. View the June/July 2017 Issue. Are Agile Frameworks Dominating the Product Management Landscape? The post Dominating Your Market, Agile Role Clarification and The Price of One-Off Features appeared first on Proficientz - Product Management Training for B2B.

Are Agile Frameworks Dominating the Software Product Management Landscape?

Product Management University

Some days it feels like Agile frameworks are dictating how product management is done. On the other hand, when product management and Agile are 100% complementary, the end result is solutions that make customers better at whatever they do. . Let’s call a spade a spade – Agile is not a product management framework. Agile is a software development methodology. I’m one of the world’s biggest fans of Agile software development.