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.

“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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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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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.

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Agile Toolkit Podcast with Bob Payne

Johanna Rothman

Back at Agile 2018, I had a chance to record a podcast with Bob Payne. The recording is Johanna Rothman – Agile 2018. We discussed my experience report with Mark Kilby, the geographically distributed agile teams book with Mark , and my roadmapping session. The post Agile Toolkit Podcast with Bob Payne appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. MPD podcast agile geographically distributed teams lean

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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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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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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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Free Your Agile Team Video Posted (Includes Q&A)

Johanna Rothman

A couple of weeks ago, I delivered the first version of my Free Your Agile Team talk at Agile New England. I spoke about the problem of a framework-first approach to transforming to an agile culture. I based the talk on Create Your Successful Agile Project , but I didn’t stop there.). Successful agile organizations change their culture. I wrote about some of these issues in a series: Creating Agile HR, Part 1: What HR Does.

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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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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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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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Influential Agile Leader Early Bird Reg Ends May 1, 2018

Johanna Rothman

Are you looking to help support your team, management, or organization’s agile adoption? Do you feel as if you are part of the formal or informal team leading your agile transformation? You need what Gil Broza and I teach and facilitate at the Influential Agile Leader Workshop. Agile Transformation: Practice Change, Part 2. Agile Transformation: See Your System and Culture, Part 3. Agile Transformation: Possible Organizational Measurements, Part 4.

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Discussing Teamwork and Measures on Agile for Humans

Johanna Rothman

Ryan Ripley interviewed me on his podcast, Agile for Humans 83 about Create Your Successful Agile Project. I didn’t stint on my opinions or on my experience with agile teams. I don’t find it useful in an agile project unless you use incremental funding.

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3 Ways to Apply Lean Product Management Right Away

280 Group

280 Group CEO and Founder, Brian Lawley, is once again joined by the prominent author, consultant and trainer, Greg Cohen. Lean Product Management Agile Best Practices Lean YouTube Video

Agile Transformation: More Possible Organizational Measurements, Part 5

Johanna Rothman

I’ve been thinking more about possible measurements in an agile transformation journey. This post will focus on measurements you might see when the culture changes with an agile transformation. If your agile transformation is stuck, consider rethinking your measurements.

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Begin your Agile Transformation Journey on the Right Track

Product Club

Across the globe, companies are investing in Agile transformations primarily for two reasons — to increase speed, and improve the quality of their technical product delivery. Our method is all about showing you how to run like a lean and Agile startup.

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Getting Back to the Roots of Agile

Pragmatic Marketing

What do you call a process that has multiple complex steps, requires detailed explanation and dogmatic adherence to rigid tenets defined by expensive consultants? Agile. ” The entire thing makes me feel exhausted and locked into a process that doesn’t feel very agile. The authors of the original Agile Manifesto never intended for it to feel so restrictive. This doesn’t mean working with agility is without discipline—quite the opposite.

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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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Listen to Agile for Humans with Ryan Ripley and Gil Broza

Johanna Rothman

Ryan Ripley, host of Agile for Humans, interviewed Gil Broza and me in AFH 102: The Influential Agile Leader. We spoke about the workshop I lead with Gil, the Influential Agile Leader. If you are interested in helping your agile transformation, do listen to the podcast and join us for the conversation. The post Listen to Agile for Humans with Ryan Ripley and Gil Broza appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant.

Agile Transformation: See Your System and Culture, Part 3

Johanna Rothman

If you read my scaling agile series , you can see that becoming an agile organization requires seeing your organization as a system with a culture. If you don’t also address the cultural problems of rewards, you won’t continue with your agile transformation. You know why you want the organization to use agile approaches. That’s why Practicing Change and Knowing Why are a part of an agile transformation.

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Please Help A Pair Select a Title for a Geographically Distributed Agile Teams Book

Johanna Rothman

I’ve taught and written about agile distributed teams for several years. Now, I’m pair-writing a geographically distributed agile teams book with Mark Kilby. We’ll be talking about our process at Agile 2018 in an experience report.

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Early Version of Distributed Agile Teams Book is Available

Johanna Rothman

Mark Kilby and I have finished the first four chapters of From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver. However, if you like to read books in progress, do get this book if you are struggling with your geographically distributed agile team. The post Early Version of Distributed Agile Teams Book is Available appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. agile MPD culture geographically distributed teams project management

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The competitive advantage of BPMA sponsored groups

bpma ProductHub

An Agile Product Open meetup recap. The Agile Product Open meetup is one such group that is dedicated to advancing the principles and practices of product management. It’s a collaborative forum for leveraging Agile to discover and deliver better products, sooner.

Agile Market Requirements

Pragmatic Marketing

Every company and every consultant has a laundry list of acronyms for the documents that must be produced: BRD, MRD, PRD, SRS. Agile is happening. The brilliance of agile development is that we break the job into small chunks, work for two weeks (or four), and deliver something.

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TEI 177: Creating a hybrid Agile Stage-Gate process – with Colin Palombo

Product Innovation Educators

Many medium to large organizations are adopting agile practices, such as the use of Scrum. companies using stage-gate, the idea of replacing it with agile is often not warmly embraced. Instead, a hybrid agile stage-gate process is a more reasonable place to start.