Featured Product Management Consultant: Greg Cohen

280 Group

Every 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. The post Featured Product Management Consultant: Greg Cohen appeared first on 280 Group Product Management.

Podcast about the Business of Writing and Consulting

Johanna Rothman

Consultants and writers share a common problem: we are business owners. She was surprised a business consultant could have a sense of humor. I mentioned agile approaches. MPD writing consulting project portfolio management rolling wave planning value

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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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’ve spent the last half-year in the beginning of my journey understanding how agile product management at scale can work.

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5 Key Considerations for Top-Notch Product Dashboards

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

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.

5 Agile Trends We’re Seeing in 2019

Agile Velocity

2019 is our ninth year as a company and marks over 15 years of my personal work with clients as they transition to Agile. Throughout our time as a team, we’ve identified many key issues and problems that affect companies on their Path to Agility. Agile is expanding outside of IT.

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“Agile Coaching” Is Not the Goal

Johanna Rothman

I've met a number of agile coaches recently. Even though the client asked for agile coaching, that might not be what the client needs. Because consultants and coaches and agile approaches need to prove they offer value and find some quick wins.). It's not agile coaching.

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Tactical Ideas for Agile Budgeting, Part 1

Johanna Rothman

Here are ideas for a more agile budgeting approach: Fund teams, not projects. I'm sure there are more options, but these ideas can help organizations start to use a more agile budgeting approach. (I I'll talk about the strategic reasons for more agile budgeting in Part 2. The post Tactical Ideas for Agile Budgeting, Part 1 appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. Too often, organizations want to budget for an entire year.

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Strategy Behind More Agile Budgeting, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

I suggested ways to think about more agile budgeting in part 1. Also, see From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams. Use the data you need to have a more agile approach. That's why more agile budgeting helps the decision-making in your organization.

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Agile Transformation Secrets Series Posted

Johanna Rothman

I just finished a series for my Pragmatic Manager newsletter about Agile Transformation Secrets: Part 1: Manage for Change. I wrote this series because I find that many people get a little confused about an agile transformation. They think an agile approach will work because they can predict and commit better. They think an agile approach will help with full utilization. They want the agile approach to succeed, so they think mandating specific practices will work.

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Executive Report: The Customer Data Too Often Overlooked by the C-Suite

organizations even believe becoming an agile digital business is critical to. consulting too few sources. consulting with over 1,000 C-Suite. New Study Reveals Reliance on Too Few. Data Sources; Organizations Likely Missing. Opportunities to Meet the Real Needs of.

Developing a Test Strategy for the Agile World

Centercode

Then I moved on to telecom, military simulation software, cloud SaaS, consulting and finally healthcare. Adam : I think people get too caught up in the fact that a test strategy does not belong in Agile because we want to “limit documentation.”

Accelerating Your Agile Journey Podcast

Johanna Rothman

I had the chance to talk with Andy Kaufman on his podcast, Accelerating Your Agile Journey, PPP 2017. We spoke about many of the ideas in Create Your Successful Agile Project : Learning early (instead of failing fast).

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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.

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Agile Milestone Criteria for Projects and Programs

Johanna Rothman

Agile and Lean Program Management , and in Create Your Successful Agile Project. When people outside of technology use agile approaches, they can start their work before the product is done. Use Milestone Criteria in an Agile Way for an Agile Program.

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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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Cost vs Value Measurements for Agile Approaches

Johanna Rothman

Some of my clients have struggled with their project governance as they move to agile approaches. This kind of measurement is antithetical to agile principles. We can see it in an agile approach, because the more time we spend estimating up front, the longer it takes us to deliver that first increment of value. Agile approaches allow us to do that. Remember that the primary measure of progress is working software (see the Agile Manifesto principles).

Future of Agile Podcast with Agile Uprising

Johanna Rothman

I had a wonderful time on the Agile Uprising podcast The Future of Agile. The post Future of Agile Podcast with Agile Uprising appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. MPD podcast agile leanI had such a blast. Listen for the “expletive deleted” phrases. Yes, I actually said the words, “expletive deleted.” ” I said many other things that might feel contrarian to you.

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Only The Best: Expecting The Most From Your Agile Partner

Agile Velocity

I’ve found most executives genuinely want to know, “How do I help our Agile transformation?” Becoming an agile company is new for leaders and teams. Yet, leaders are often left out while teams get the lion’s share of the attention from Agile coaches.

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Only The Best: Expecting The Most From Your Agile Partner

Agile Velocity

I’ve found most executives genuinely want to know, “How do I help our Agile transformation?” Becoming an agile company is new for leaders and teams. Yet, leaders are often left out while teams get the lion’s share of the attention from Agile coaches.

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Making Roadmaps More Agile

Johanna Rothman

Last August, back at the Agile 2018 conference, I had a chance to record a podcast with Howard Sublett. We spoke about Making Roadmaps More Agile. I hope you enjoy Making Roadmaps More Agile. The post Making Roadmaps More Agile appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. MPD product ownership agile agile roadmap flow efficiency leanHoward is a terrific interviewer and a good friend and colleague.

Reflecting on Agile Thinking with Roy Osherove

Johanna Rothman

Years ago, Roy Osherove interviewed me about project management, agile thinking, hiring, and management. See Johanna Rothman Interview – Agile, a Decade Later. We focused much more on agile issues in this interview. Some links to some of my thinking on: “Scaling” agile. Agile program management, the book. The post Reflecting on Agile Thinking with Roy Osherove appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant.

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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. I explain how you might do this in Create Your Successful Agile Project.

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Boost Your Agile Transformation with the Influential Agile Leader, April 24-25, Toronto

Johanna Rothman

Most of my clients struggle with their agile transformation. The teams love agile approaches because they can work on their release frequency and technical excellence. The senior managers love the agile promise because they can see how agile approaches help the teams release a more constant flow of value. They're supposed to figure out how to create an agile culture inside of the various organizational constraints. Boost your agile transformation.

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Lawrence of Arabia, the Original Agile Disruptor, Had Sore Feet

The Product Coalition

The Minimum Viable Product (MVP) idea is central to the lean / agile methodology Get feedback as soon as possible. Sodexo, a workplace consultancy, labeled the “agile organization” as its top global workplace trend in a report issued at the end of 2017.

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Agile Transformation is a Journey, Part 6

Johanna Rothman

Part of what makes an agile transformation difficult is the cultural change required. That’s what makes an agile transformation a journey. A client said to me, “I want the agile. The agile is good stuff: faster delivery of smaller stuff that we can get revenue for.

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Time You Spend in Agile Meetings

Johanna Rothman

Whenever I teach agile approaches, I discuss the possible meetings a team might choose. The post Time You Spend in Agile Meetings appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. Some people turn to me in dismay.

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Agile Transformation: Introduction & Answering Why (Part1)

Johanna Rothman

Introduction to an Agile Transformation series… I’ve seen several agile transformation challenges. Since I want to address those challenges, this is a series of posts about agile transformation. How to see your agile transformation as a system and culture problem.

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Agile Transformation: Possible Organizational Measurements, Part 4

Johanna Rothman

” is one of the questions I see when I work with people going through an agile transformation. I like to see the questions reflect the why for your organization’s agile transformation. A simplistic qualitative measure of organizational agility).

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What are the secrets to being (and finding) a successful product consultant?

AlphaHQ

Organizations are expanding the scope of how they approach innovation, and product and user experience consultants have emerged as a powerful force in that initiative. Alpha teamed up with Product School to host an event featuring some of the most prominent product consultants in New York.

Agile Transformation: Practice Change, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

Agile culture is about the ability to change. You need to know why you want to change, but once you know that, agile cultures promote change.). We (as agile teams and organizations) deliver something to get some feedback and learning.

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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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Questions to Ask Before Estimating an Agile Program Posted

Johanna Rothman

My most recent article on projectmanagement.com is 3 Questions to Ask Before Estimating an Agile Program. In both Create Your Successful Agile Project and Agile and Lean Program Management , I talk about the reality of estimates in most settings.

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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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The Manager’s Role in an Agile Transformation

Johanna Rothman

Agile transformations are tough. That’s because wherever you start, the agile transformation creates culture clashes. Often, teams start with agile approaches. Teams discover the agile approach and practices that work for that team.

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Be in a Band, not an Orchestra: how to Grow an Agile Product Team

Mind the Product

I was initially brought in as a freelance consultant by Simon Nelson, who had been recently appointed by the OU as CEO of its new venture. Many of these will probably be familiar to you from the agile manifesto but it required some convincing of a large traditional organisation like the OU.

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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. Agile approaches are perfect for their corporate needs. Their agile transformation is stuck.

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Listen to the Agile Uprising Podcast with Me

Johanna Rothman

I had a great time recording with two of the guys from the Agile Uprising Podcast. See Create Your Successful Agile Project with Johanna Rothman. I had an opportunity to rant and rave about many things: agile project managers (no, the term is not an oxymoron).

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4 Development Pitfalls to Avoid with an Agile Growth Strategy

Mixpanel

Prolific’s offerings include native mobile app strategy, design and development, growth marketing services, strategy consulting, and our proprietary App Management System (AMS). The post 4 Development Pitfalls to Avoid with an Agile Growth Strategy appeared first on Mixpanel. Al Harnisch is the Vice President of Growth at Prolific Interactive.

Apply “How Little” Thinking to Agile Management Control

Johanna Rothman

As their organizations move to agile approaches, these managers have problems: their organization (managers above them) wants to measure them by the old rules which demand control. ” Too often, managers feel this tension because the agile approaches challenge the organizational culture.

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