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.

Agile Product Management – You Asked, We Answered

280 Group

General Use of Agile – My perception is that Agile is being? How extensively is Agile being used for non-software products? Agile, which is really empirical process control, has been embraced well beyond the software world. Senior Principal Consultant.

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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

Where I Think “Agile” is Headed, Part 1: Do You Need an Agile Approach?

Johanna Rothman

I spoke at Agile 2019 last week. Here are my thoughts and where I think the “agile” industry is headed. Problems I See with “Agile” Here's a summary of problems I saw last week: Too many people think “agile” will solve all their problems. “Agile” is a silver bullet and will fix everything—as long as the teams do it. Too many people think “agile” is what teams do.

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5 Key Considerations for Top-Notch Product Dashboards

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

Is Your Agile Transformation Failing, Too?

The Product Coalition

As a fellow coach Tanner brilliantly provoked “If this agile thing is so great, then why doesn’t it always stick?” After all, we all know we need to be more agile, more adaptable and responsive to survive?—?no no one is arguing about the validity of agility anymore?—?however

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When is “Agile Scaling” the Answer?

Johanna Rothman

At the Influential Agile Leader workshop earlier this year, I led a session about scaling and how you might think about it. I asked if any of the teams succeeded at using an agile approach at the team level. I explained how in Agile and Lean Program Management.).

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Product Management Journey?—?Developer to Consultant to Product Manager

The Product Coalition

Developer to Consultant to Product Manager If you asked me 5 years ago, I didn’t even know what Product Management was. Steps to take to get closer a PM job: Start learning the Product Management concepts, Agile/Kanbal model. Product Management Journey?—?Developer

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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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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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. Agile isn’t to blame for this.

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Agile Project Kickoffs

Johanna Rothman

Now that agile teams stay together, we can change the kickoff to more project-specific work. I wrote an article several years ago, Keys to Chartering an Agile Project. In Create Your Successful Agile Project , I suggested a reframe for the charter. Many new-to-agile-thinking teams want everything defined upfront. When agile teams charter their work, they are more likely to create their successful agile project.

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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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Announcement: New Distributed Agile Teams Online Workshop

Johanna Rothman

After Mark Kilby and I collaborated on From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams , we decided to start creating online classes. We have just opened registration for our first geographically distributed agile teams class. See Prepare for Successful Distributed Agile Teams. If you have questions about how an agile approach might work if you're thinking of working virtually, or are wondering how to make an agile approach work for your current team, start with this course.

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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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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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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Agile Approaches Can’t Save Impossible Projects: Fixed Cost, Scope, Date

Johanna Rothman

Can an agile approach save these projects? An agile approach might help you see what's happening. Any form of agile approach cannot save these projects. Can an agile approach save these projects? An agile approach can't do the impossible.

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Where I Think “Agile” is Headed, Part 4: What Does “Agile” Mean?

Johanna Rothman

I started this series asking where “Agile” was headed. (I I didn't like what I saw at the Agile 2019 conference.) This part is about what “Agile” or “agile” means. I understand that people want what they perceive as the value “Agile” will bring them. Let's return to the Manifesto for Agile Software Development , what I call the “Agile Manifesto.” An “agile approach.”

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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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Successful product consultants: What are the secrets to being (and finding) one?


As organizations expand the scope of how they approach innovation, product consultants and user experience consultants have emerged as powerful forces in that initiative. They shared insights for aspiring product consultants and organizations seeking outside help.

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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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.

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).

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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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Where I Think “Agile” is Headed, Part 5: Summary

Johanna Rothman

I started asking if you actually need an agile approach in Part 1 and noted the 4 big problems I see. Part 2 was why we need managers in an agile transformation. Part 4 was about how “Agile” is meaningless and “agile” is an adjective that needs to be applied to something. This post is about what you can do to create an agile culture, regardless of where you are in the organization. How can the managers use agility in their work?

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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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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 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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Where I Think “Agile” is Headed, Part 2: Where Does Management Fit?

Johanna Rothman

In Part 1 , I wrote about how “Agile” is not a silver bullet and is not right for every team and every product. This post is about how management fits into agile approaches. Too often, managers think “agile” is for others, specifically teams of people. Team-based “agile” is not enough. If the managers don't change their behaviors, a team cannot sustain any agile approach. It doesn't matter which agile approach.

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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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What To Do About Your Audience’s Real Roadmap Questions | Rich Mironov, Mironov Consulting | BoS USA 2018

Business of Software Conference

Rich Mironov, CEO/Founder, Mironov Consulting. Rich Mironov (CEO, Mironov Consulting) – What To Do About Your Audience’s Real Roadmap Questions from Business of Software Conference. I need it therefore it must be easy and possible so why can’t you just… because we’re agile right. Your product roadmap is not a model, an algorithm or an artifact, it is an ongoing political process that requires careful management of the relevant stakeholders.

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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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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