How Agile Has Changed Product Management

Roman Pichler

Before the advent of agile frameworks like Scrum , a product person—the product manager—would typically carry out the market research, compile a market requirements specification, create a business case, put together product roadmap, write a requirements specification, and then hand it off to a project manager. The Brave New Agile World. While agile methods have given us plenty of benefits, a number of product management challenges still persist.

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When Agile isn’t Agile

The Product Coalition

Signs your organization has missed the point of Agile and it’s become another buzz-word! Treating Agile as just a method not part of a mindset, or culture, is a common contradiction in orgs trying to become Agile organizations. The same is true of Agile. the Why of Agile.

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Why we say Agile when you want to say chaos

Mind the Product

Most people working in a tech environment have experience working with Agile methodologies. However, it’s very common to see that Agile principles and philosophy are not correctly interpreted and implemented. Some companies fall into the “Agile = speed increase” trap.

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Agile Principles and Values

The Product Coalition

agile-methodology scrum agile software-development4 values and 12 principles Continue reading on Product Coalition ».

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How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

Teams of agile developers race along the product. HOW TO PACKAGE & PRICE EMBEDDED ANALYTICS. Practical Frameworks to Monetize Embedded Analytics Table of Contents Embedding Analytics to Lift Value and Revenue. 1 Customize to Monetize: The Strategic Way to Create Tiered Offerings.

You Can’t be Lean Unless You’re Agile

Mind the Product

I see so much talk and confusion over what’s Lean and what’s Agile. The two terms can get used interchangeably, so much so that in some places they’re blended into one term, simply Lean-Agile (thanks again, SAFe ??).

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Agile HR: An Agile Approach to Performance Reviews

Agile Velocity

As teams learn how to work in new ways during an Agile transformation, an organization may consider adopting Agile values in departments outside of IT to support the initiative. In an Agile Uprising Podcast Agile and HR – BFF’s?

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How Agile Has Changed Product Management

Roman Pichler

The Brave New Agile World. As agile practices have become more widely adopted, the processes used to develop products have significantly changed: Product people and development teams now tend to collaborate much more closely. Listen to this article: [link].

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Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 3

Johanna Rothman

In Part 1 and 2 of this series, I wrote about how an agile approach might offer strategic benefits. And because an agile approach changes your culture, I said the agile approach was part of your strategy. That means I use the most common of all agile tools: a board.

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Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 1

Johanna Rothman

They think that the agile tools they use, such as boards, offer a strategic advantage. However, they adopt or “install” an agile framework or process without customization. Instead, agile organizations need flexibility, not rigidity.

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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

So when does it make sense to customize your agile approach to gain a strategic advantage? They want an agile approach, so they started with Scrum. We don't think we need to be “religious” about our agile approach as long as we get the benefit.

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Translation and localization platforms. Tips for agile teams

The Product Coalition

localization translation agile localization-service platformLocalization is not an easy task, especially if the content is regularly updated. Here’s how TMSs help streamline the localization process. Continue reading on Product Coalition ».

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Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 4

Johanna Rothman

They think agile approaches are tactics and agile tools are part of their strategy. That's why they want to Buy an agile approach. Not realizing a standard agile approach is an oxymoron. Teams need to experiment and change their agile approach.

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Top 3 Micromanagement Symptoms in your Scrum Agile Adoption

The Product Coalition

Micromanagement in Agile and Scrum Continue reading on Product Coalition ». scrum-master leadership scrum agile management

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Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

As a senior software leader, you spend much of your time trying to optimize your team's performance – from increasing delivery rate and velocity to reducing defect rates and waste.

How To Make a Success of Going Agile

Mind the Product

In June 2020 Mind the Product published a post from New Zealander Anthony Marter that really struck a chord with our community: based on a talk he’d given to Agile Auckland, his post argued that product management in an Agile practice is in dire need of a rethink.

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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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Scaled Agile – Why? When? How?

Modus Create

Agile at Scale, or Scaled Agile, is all the rage! When and who should implement Scaled Agile? Scaled Agile is a way for organizations with many teams to plan, coordinate, and track work on large initiatives. When should you consider Scaled Agile?

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Empowered Teams and Decision Agility

Mind the Product

In this MTP Leader panel discussion, leaders Adaora Asala, Jen Taylor, and Jeremy Toeman joined Emily Tate to discuss empowered teams and decision agility. The post Empowered Teams and Decision Agility appeared first on Mind the Product.

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How To Build Data-Informed Products

Speaker: Tim Herbig, Director, iridion

As a product manager, you probably know specific ways to gather data to inform your product decisions, like the ever-popular A/B test. But as they say, you wouldn't put a round peg in a square hole. What about the times when it doesn't make sense to A/B test, because you have too small a sample size? Do you just do it anyway, because your company's product culture requires that you have those numbers? Tim Herbig will share his hands-on approach to working with analytics in agile product management. Tim will discuss the line between being data-informed versus data-driven. The audience will leave with an analysis toolkit filled with the right data tools for every scenario. Data validation won't be an issue again.

Agile and People: The Transformation Will Happen Naturally

The Product Coalition

In my first article in this series, I posited that the only problem Agile has is that it’s too concise. Since it’s not a prescriptive methodology, but a collection of values and principles, people feel lost when it comes to “becoming agile”. That’s when we could claim to be Agile.

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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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Are You Ready for an Agile Transformation? 7 Questions to Ask Yourself

Agile Velocity

It is no secret that Agile transformations are costly and time-consuming. It is also no secret that developing Agile capabilities can help your organization achieve business results that make the endeavor worth it. Is there such a thing as a perfect time to do an Agile transformation?

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Agile in Data Science: How To Split Scope?

The Product Coalition

Learn what are spikes and user stories in Agile Data Science teams and how to use them to become a predictable team Continue reading on Product Coalition ». business agile machine-learning startup product-management

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A Masterclass in How to Navigate the Messy Connection Between Work and Value in Your Team

Speaker: Dave West, CEO of Scrum.org

In this talk, Dave West, CEO of Scrum.org, discusses the interesting, messy connection between work and value. He outlines how changes to the Scrum Guide have shone a spotlight on the challenge that many teams face when delivering more value.

Why we Need to Rethink Product Management in an Agile Practice

Mind the Product

Have you ever wondered why your Agile practice feels a bit uninspiring? Something that both fascinates and frustrates me is how the discussions about Agile have flipped from being embraced [.]. Or why your engineers have become a bit jaded with all this Scrum stuff?

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Lean, Agile, & Design Thinking by Jeff Gothelf

Mind the Product

When you have one team learning Agile, another learning Lean, and yet another learning Design Thinking, how are you supposed to get to alignment? Jeff takes us through the basics of the three main frameworks – Agile, Lean, and Design Thinking – and then gives us a set of principles that can help us effectively meld them together. What is Agile Really About? The concept of Agile came out of frustration at the way software was delivered.

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The Agile Product Consulting Toolkit

The Product Coalition

4 Tips to help you Excel as a Product Consultant or Product Coach Continue reading on Product Coalition ». professional-development product-management personal-development product-coach product-consulting

Webinar: How Southwest Airlines’ Agile Transformation Helped Them Adapt to Unpredictable Challenges

Agile Velocity

For the past few years, Southwest Airlines has been building Agile capabilities within their organization to adapt to any challenge thrown their way. Their agility was put to the test when air travel halted in 2020 and continues to be challenged as the pandemic evolves.

Run a Business, Not a Backlog

Speaker: John Mecke, Managing Director of DevelopmentCorporate, Jon Gatrell, Principal Partner at Market Driven Business

Numerical literacy is a key skill for effective product managers. The ability to express concepts in numerical, financial, or statistical terms is a critical but often overlooked discipline. Product managers need to be as competent in these domains as they are in customer problems and pain points.

Product Discovery — the secret sauce of great Agile

Mind the Product

Creating the right environment Anthony begins by sharing one of the agile [.] Read more » The post Product Discovery — the secret sauce of great Agile appeared first on Mind the Product.

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What Are Agile User Stories?

The Product Coalition

These are user stories at their most basic level, and if you’re going to master agile product development and become a truly great PM, you need to know how to write actionable stories that have maximum impact, why they’re so important, and when to implement them. Learning About Agile?

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

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Lipstick Agile

The Product Coalition

TL; DR: Lipstick Agile?—?Happiness Have you noticed how many people in the agile field are unhappy with their work situation? A situation where an organization already struggles doing agile, not to mention ‘becoming agile?’ This is what I call lipstick Agile.

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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.

How To Build A Cross-Functional Agile Team

The Product Coalition

Cross-functional teams in Agile and Scrum Continue reading on Product Coalition ». scrum-master agile-methodology agile software-development scrum

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Agile Transformation: How to Leverage Product Management

280 Group

Steering an Agile Transformation should not be confused with simply adopting Agile software development principles. Adoption of Agile software development practices by the Development organization is often the catalyst to look at the whole organization. Why Agile Transformation?

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Why An Introvert Agile Coach Is Also A Great Coach

The Product Coalition

agile introvert inspiration self-improvement product-developmentDo extraverted and introverted attitudes really matter? Continue reading on Product Coalition ».

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Cargo Cult Agile

The Product Coalition

TL; DR: The Cargo Cult Agile Checklist for Download You want to know the state of agility in your organization? If the average number of checkboxes marked is higher than nine, then you are probably practicing cargo cult agile in one form or another. Cargo Cult Agile?—?A

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More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.