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 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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An Outcomes-Driven Approach To Business Agility

Agile Velocity

A free, 1-hour webinar on the Path to Agility® – Introducing a simple yet powerful way to profoundly better outcomes. See firsthand how Path to Agility makes sense of Agile transformations. That’s a powerful promise and explains why Agile is attractive.

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How to Successfully Transition from Consulting to PM

PMLesson's Ace the PM Interview

After working in consulting, many management consultants desire to exit into and work at a tech company. If you want to learn more about the consulting role vs the product role, read this article on the topic. Why are you leaving consulting?

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 Successfully Transition from Consulting to PM

PMLesson's Ace the PM Interview

After working in consulting, many management consultants desire to exit into and work at a tech company. If you want to learn more about the consulting role vs the product role, read this article on the topic. Why are you leaving consulting?

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

Combining DevOps and Agile Transformations to Achieve Business Outcomes

Agile Velocity

Did you know you can maximize your chances of achieving desired business outcomes by combining DevOps with an Agile transformation? When you hear “Business Outcomes,” “DevOps,” and/or Agile transformation” – what comes to mind? Agile. Agile Transformation.

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Remote Agile (Part 2)

The Product Coalition

TL; DR: Remote Agile (Part 2): Virtual Liberating Structures Last week, we addressed basic practices and tools of remote agile with distributed teams. Learn more : Remote Agile: Virtual Liberating Structures?—?Live liberating-structures agile remote-working remote-team scrum

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Troubleshooting Agile – Jeffrey Fredrick & Douglas Squirrel on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

Jeffrey Fredrick and Douglas Squirrel know this well, and their new book Agile Conversations , focuses on the five critical conversations you’ll have and how to perfect them. One of the tropes we’ve heard again and again is that product people don’t actually build anything.

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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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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

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 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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Geographically Distributed Agile Teams Webinar Dec 17, 2019

Johanna Rothman

I'm stoked to do a webinar with Tom Henrickson, 8 Principles for Successful Distributed Agile Teams. Register here: 8 Principles for Successful Distributed Agile Teams. agile MPD From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams geographically distributed teams

“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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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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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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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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Want Business Agility? Use These Seven Innovation Principles

Johanna Rothman

Let me address a little about business agility and innovation. Business agility allows us to create a culture where we plan to change. Too many people think business agility is about the ability to do more of the same, faster. The post Want Business Agility?

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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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Capitalizing Software During an Agile Transformation

Johanna Rothman

They've started to use agile approaches. Capitalization for Agile Work. Let me walk you through an example of a 5-person agile team. But, what happens if you don't have an agile project? A client wants to know how best to calculate their software capitalization.

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

AlphaHQ

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.

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 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 Movers & Shakers (2): Diana Larsen

The Product Coalition

Agile Movers & Shakers: Diana Larsen’s Questionnaire Please describe what you do in 280 characters : “On my best days, I contribute to the growing and strengthening the practices of agile coaches and teams through as many channels as possible.” What brought you to ‘agile?’ “In

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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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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 Project Manager, Scrum Master, or Product Owner?

Johanna Rothman

Scrum Master or Agile Project Manager? ” (You might like Why an Agile Project Manager is Not a Scrum Master.). She's an agile project manager. When she manages programs, she's an agile program manager. That's now, where I rarely see an agile culture.

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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.

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.

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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Create Feedback Loops (Agile Approaches) for Hardware Products

Johanna Rothman

In Costs of an Agile Approach for Hardware Products , I suggested that an iteration-based approach for hardware was too expensive. Agile software teams are cross-functional and interdependent. Many agile software teams have somewhere between four and seven people.

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