Owning Agile by Jeff Patton

Mind the Product

Bashing agile is in vogue at the moment, so when veteran product manager and product design evangelist Jeff Patton suggested it as a topic for his keynote talk at MTP Engage I jumped at it. If the audience was expecting a speech which shot down agile methodologies, they were wrong. Instead Jeff started to deconstruct agile from a product manager’s view. He explained how “broken” agile felt to him in the days when he was in a product role and what helped him to fix it.

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Agile Software Development: We’ve Come Full Circle

Proficientz

When Agile software development took the software world by storm, it was like many other paradigm shifts before it. Agile promised to be the next panacea for whatever ailed software companies. Sprints: Sprints have made software development teams more productive because they can digest requirements in spoon-size bites versus swallowing the elephant. The good news is this: in the Agile world, most organizations don’t need more headcount.

Deconstructing Being Agile

The Product Coalition

Has the spirit of being agile been lost behind a mountain of rules? Agile vs. Being Agile Agile became popular shortly after ‘The Agile Software Development Manifesto ’ was published in 2001. This is why one-size-fits-all Agile solutions are a bad idea.

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What can Trader Joe’s Teach us About Customer-Centric Product Development?

Mind the Product

It’s product development like that – that seeks out innovative solutions rooted in intimate knowledge of customer’s problems – that has earned Trader Joe’s the reputation as one of the most customer-centric organizations on the planet.

5 Key Considerations for Top-Notch Product Dashboards

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

So you want to set your product apart with the latest analytics, but you’re not sure where to start. How do you know what your customers want? And how can you make sure that you’re solving their problems? And wait a second, is it even feasible for your team to take this on right now? Join Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, as he covers five key considerations for you to keep in mind when you’re updating your software or app to offer the latest in embedded dashboards. You’ll leave with a better understanding of where to begin on creating actionable, insightful dashboards.

How to Apply Lateral Leadership in Agile Environments by Tim Herbig

Mind the Product

In this talk from this year’s MTP Engage in Hamburg, I share some advice on how product people can use lateral leadership in managing agile teams. One of the earliest attempts to define a leadership style for self-organized agile environments resulted in the servant leadership approach.

Successful Geographically Distributed Agile Teams Book Milestone

Johanna Rothman

I’ve been pair-writing a book with Mark Kilby , From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver. The post Successful Geographically Distributed Agile Teams Book Milestone appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant.

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Agile Role Transitions: Keep Austin Agile 2018 Activity Summary

Agile Velocity

Agile Roles are well defined in any foundational training for Scrum or Kanban. Organizations are already fully staffed to their current way of developing software, and it stands to reason that most of the folks who will be working in the new paradigm will be transitioning from an old role to a new one. At Keep Austin Agile 2018, I presented a talk called “So You Made Your Project Managers into ScrumMasters: Roles Transitions When Becoming Agile”. Learn Agile.

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The Many Flavors Of Agile: What’s The Right One For Your Team? | Bethany Pagels-Minor, Apple | BoS USA 2018

Business of Software Conference

Agile methodology sounds confusing and difficult, but Bethany Pagels-Minor breaks it down to bite-size slices of delicious cakes that will will help every team work better, communicate better, and provide better returns. Bethany has been a firm believer in agile for many years and has been bringing the joy of lean, kanban, and scrum to the workplaces of many through thoughtful and direct communication and consultation. Why does everyone come to me about Agile Methodology?

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Why Simply “Allowing” Mistakes is a Dead-end for Agile Companies

Mind the Product

Managing culture can quickly become one of the most complex challenges for companies that seek to scale agile practices. Scaling agile practices [1] in a company requires strong cultural foundations, as you build understanding and trust, between – and within – teams. If culture is the cornerstone of agile companies, it’s also what can make agile fail, especially when it pertains to how companies value success and failure.

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A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. Dashboards assist decision makers facilitate new ideas and business opportunities, increase customer approval rates, and analyze current business process. All of these activities play a vital role in providing the superior experience your customers demand.

Agile With a Capital A Might not be Best by Morag McLaren

Mind the Product

Here Morag McLaren looks at a few things she’s learned through this process when it comes to Agile. Don’t Forget the Other Parts of the Agile Manifesto. Most people’s perception of the agile manifesto is that it tells us to do things fast and regularly.

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The 3 Big C’s of Agile Development and Testing

Amir Rozenberg

In the age of Agile and Digital Transformation strategies, every brand is looking to set themselves apart. What’s commonly known is that acceleration can come in the form of adopting an agile process: highly independent dev teams who are responsible for a feature or area of the code and delivering incremental functionality from design to production. Naturally, this is also very frustrating to developers and testers.

Managing Manufactured Products: Design and Development

Mind the Product

Now, let’s start designing and developing. The best development teams create a healthy tension between industrial design and industrial engineering. The decisions made when facing such contradictions will often make or break your product and the impact of such decisions may not be felt until late in the development process. The development team compromises, such that neither the form nor function is well executed. New Product Development Processes.

Agile With a Capital A Might not be Best by Morag McClaren

Mind the Product

Here Morag McLaren looks at a few things she’s learned through this process when it comes to Agile. Don’t Forget the Other Parts of the Agile Manifesto. Most people’s perception of the agile manifesto is that it tells us to do things fast and regularly. The first of these is that, for developers, the highest priority is to satisfy the customer through the release of software. In the same way that our products develop based on changes in their market, so do our teams.

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Agile’s Impact on Product Management; SiriusDecisions 2018 Summit

Good Product Manager

Quick Survey: Agile’s Impact on Product Management. Favor to ask — if your company uses an agile development process, please take this quick 3-question survey. Webcast: the SiriusDecisions Agile Engine for Product Management. Speaking of agile: in my work at SiriusDecisions, I interact with many companies that have implemented or are considering agile development approaches. — Jeff Lash (@jefflash) March 13, 2018.

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The #1 Answer in Product: It Depends

Mind the Product

Waterfall vs Agile. So even the age old (at least in internet time) debate on agile vs waterfall often misses the point. So in that context applying discovery techniques and iterative development is of course the only solution.

Visualize Work to Reduce Agile Meetings

Johanna Rothman

Many new-to-agile teams use some form of iteration-based agile approach. Back in Time You Spend in Agile Meetings (near the bottom of the post), I enumerated all the possible meetings. The Develop and Dev-Done columns are full.

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The Secret Truth About Your Methodology and Processes

The Secret PM Handbook

Well, an agile approach to development is often good for this. What do I mean by “agile?” Agile Product Management agile goals methodologiesWhat are your goals? A product organization has three overarching goals: Deliver great value to our customers.

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InfoQ Podcast: Product Development/Management Trends

Mironov Consulting

Shane Hastie’s podcast for InfoQ covers agile culture and methods. I joined his February podcast for a high-speed talk about building the right thing; how engineering teams worldwide are like each other — but not like sales teams; bringing development teams into close contact with real customers; and why good product managers frame problems for their teams — instead of choosing solutions.

Agile Gone Wrong

The Product Coalition

Agile is an awesome approach when done right, but is your team making these common mistakes? Most people will agree that the adoption of agile is now mainstream. This adoption is rightfully so, as agile can be an excellent framework for building software.

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What is the Value of Agility?

Clever PM

One of the many challenges that Product Managers face in trying to move organizations toward a more agile approach to product development is that some stakeholders simply don’t see the value in the shift. Product Management Agile Culture Development Good PM Influence Leadership Lean MVP Organization PM Priorities Scrum User Stories

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Q&A with Extensis VP of Development & Strategy, Toby Martin

Revulytics

Toby Martin is VP, Development and Strategy at Extensis , a developer of software and services for creative professionals and B2B workgroups. As we shifted towards agile methodologies, we required a more quantitative way to echo the customer’s voice in development.

The 3 Big C’s of Agile Development and Testing

Amir Rozenberg

In the age of Agile and Digital Transformation strategies, every brand is looking to set themselves apart. What’s commonly known is that acceleration can come in the form of adopting an agile process: highly independent dev teams who are responsible for a feature or area of the code and delivering incremental functionality from design to production. Naturally, this is also very frustrating to developers and testers.

“Product” is More Than Just Development

Clever PM

It’s far too common in the world of Product Management for us to wind up being narrowly focused on the actual product development cycle – define, build, measure, repeat. But there’s far more to building, launching, and maintaining a successful product than just what goes on between Product Management and Development. Product Management Agile Interactions Learning Planning Priorities Roles Uncertainty

How Product Marketing Roadmaps Drive Sales | Shifting Market, Shifting Strategy | Agile: We’ve Come Full Circle

Proficientz

The B2B Product Manager Magazine August 2018 is now available. We also look in the rear-view mirror at Agile and discuss what’s changed and what hasn’t along with tips for dealing with flat growth and shifting market conditions. Agile Development: What’s Changed and What Hasn’t? The post How Product Marketing Roadmaps Drive Sales | Shifting Market, Shifting Strategy | Agile: We’ve Come Full Circle appeared first on Proficientz.

Updated Distributed Agile Teams Book Available

Johanna Rothman

It’s From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver. ” That one chapter might be all you need to create a successful distributed agile team. If you’re trying to help your geographically distributed agile team, check out the book.

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Making Sense of Planning in an Agile World

ProductPlan

“But we’re agile. ” If you’ve ever worked with an agile team, chances are you’ve heard this excuse. However, even agile teams need a disciplined approach to planning. But to help your team get the most out of agile planning, you first must understand how agile planning compares to more traditional planning with which you might already be familiar. What is Agile Planning? Agile Planning, Meet the Planning Onion.

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Technical Debt and Product Success

Roman Pichler

To understand if and to what extent your product is affected by technical debt, talk to the development team, for example, in the next sprint retrospective. I find that development team members usually have a good understanding where issues in the architecture and code are. Once you understand the amount and severity of tech debt in your product, analyse its impact on meeting the product goals and achieving product success together with the development team.

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HEART: How to Be a Leader in an Agile Environment

BrainStation Product Management

As one Forbes contributor puts it , Agile is “the world’s most popular innovation engine.” The goals include getting more bang for your buck quickly, while boosting adaptability and lowering development costs — and not running your team ragged in the process. But how can modern leaders truly be successful in an Agile environment? Particularly for leaders who are developing an Agile environment in their workplace for the first time, a dose of empathy is essential. “At

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Accepting Uncertainty is the Key to Agility

Clever PM

I’m often asked what the key to being “agile” really is, and over the years I’ve managed to come up with a clear and concise answer: accepting uncertainty is the key to agility. It is perhaps the single most fundamental culture change that companies must go through when making a true transition to Agile development, […]. Product Management Agile Culture Definitions Do's Good PM PM Scrum Uncertainty

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Agile, Kanban & Scrum–and other innovation observations for product managers April 13, 2018

Product Innovation Educators

Agile, Kanban & Scrum for product management in different contexts. This article describes a few differences and provides a brief introduction to agile-oriented product development… [link]. Each week I scour articles, wading through the dogs, and bringing you the best insights to help product managers and innovators be heroes. Consumer goods, SaaS, enterprise products and others have different product and project management needs.

Hands-on Agile Webinar #5: Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns

The Product Coalition

TL;DR: Webinar Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns Webinar Sprint Planning: The purpose of Scrum’s sprint planning is to align the development team and the product owner. The idea is that the development team’s forecast reflects the product owner’s sprint goal.

Nulab Drinking Code Sept – Agile Development

Nulab

In September, our Nulab Drinking Code meetup in Singapore featured the theme of Agile and we invited three speakers from different industries to share their knowledge and experience of Agile in their respective fields. The speakers were: Isman Tanuri, Marketing & Business Agility Trainer and Coach at Elisan Partners. Nabayan shared examples of product development blunders ( remember Windows 8? ) Talk 3: Agile Product Ownership – by Michelle Loke.

Product development and perfecting the success of failure

The Product Coalition

Then lean agile comes along and tells us that it’s ok?—?within The caveats are there because, when it comes to the business of product development, failures come in many flavours. agile product-management continuous-delivery product-development portfolio-management

Establishing an Effective Product Strategy Process

Roman Pichler

You will need development team representatives like a user experience (UX) designer, developer, and tester, key stakeholders such as a sales rep, marketer, and support person, and a Scrum Master, as the following picture shows. Why a Product Strategy Process Matters.

Agile Transformation When Failure Is “Not” an Option

Johanna Rothman

One of my clients has many reasons for wanting an agile transformation. They need agile approaches so they can get feedback from customers as they develop the new products. They need to create a mix of new products and services, which means they need to use an agile approach for their projects and their project portfolio. Agile approaches are perfect for their corporate needs. Their agile transformation is stuck.

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Sustainable Pace in Product Management

Roman Pichler

Sustainable pace is an important agile principle. The Agile Manifesto defines it in the following way: “The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.” A common example is looking after the development team.

Sprint Planning Tips for Product Owners

Roman Pichler

This makes the sprint planning work challenging, and it can leave the development team feeling exhausted and stressed rather than motivated to start the new sprint. But to fully leverage sprint goals, you must ensure that they are meaningful to the development team so that people support them.

The Best Books on Product Development

The Product Coalition

Here are four product development “schools of thought” and the best books to read on each of them. The Waterfall Method Waterfall describes the traditional, linear product development method: idea, prototype, testing, launch. Product Design and Development ? —?Karl This is a textbook, so it’s not going to be super interesting to read, but it’s a very clear overview of traditional product development. It’s product development 101. from waterfall to agile.

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