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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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. During the development phase, the product manager would be only loosely involved, typically attending a project steering meeting and possibly issuing change requests.

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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. Rather, it is about transforming an entire organization—Product Management, Development, IT, Customer Support, Sales, etc. Why Agile Transformation?

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What Are Agile User Stories?

The Product Coalition

User stories are an important part of product development, which means they’re something that any product manager worth their salt needs to master! Here’s everything you need to know about agile user stories for product managers. Learning About Agile?

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Re-Thinking Translation for Business Growth in a Digital-First World

Effective localization is critical to business expansion. But traditional translation processes can't keep pace with today's agile, omnichannel realities. Read our eBook to discover the limitless possibilities uncovered by agile translation management.

Product Owner vs Product Manager? What’s The Difference?

The Product Coalition

technology product-owner startup product-management agileI’m going to answer this age-old question so you can be clear about where you sit in the company. Continue reading on Product Coalition ».

Traditional Managers Disguised as Agile Practitioners are Killing Your Product

The Product Coalition

agile scrum management leadership stakeholder-managementNew Roles. Same Mentality. Continue reading on Product Coalition ».

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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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How to Get Started with Agile?

The Product Coalition

Learn how to do it right and what mistakes to avoid when getting started with Agile Continue reading on Product Coalition ». product-management agile strategy startup business

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Five Questions To Know if You Are Soing Agile Right

The Product Coalition

How to recognize problems with agile adoption. management agile product-management scrum management-and-leadershipContinue reading on Product Coalition ».

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PROJECT TO PRODUCT: Building the Right Thing in the Right Way

Old and out-of-date project management principles are still very much in place in countless organizations. However, organizations are finding the solution to their problems, and the solution is Product Agility. Download this whitepaper to learn more!

Why Agile Crumbles, Why The Struggle?

The Product Coalition

scaled-agile product-management product-team agile-transformation agileMarty Cagan articles about product vs delivery teams and some that followed have resonated greatly with my experience and outlook. These… Continue reading on Product Coalition ».

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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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Management Learning with the Agile Wire

Johanna Rothman

I had a terrific conversation with the two Jeffs at the Agile Wire. See Modern Management Made Easy with Johanna Rothman for our recording. We touched on many topics in the Modern Management Made Easy books: The system of work. How fast can managers learn?

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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. Campbell Soup recently used agile strategies to launch a new Epic Crunch Goldfish cracker in nine months, much more quickly than usual.” You can read about it here: Are You Agile Enough for Agile Management?

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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.

AGILE OR FRAGILE

The Product Coalition

Is your team Agile or Fragile? designed using: canva.com With the massive increase in the number of products launched in the past decade, a lot of organizations have adopted the AGILE approach as a system of managing their processes. product agile scrum product-management team

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Behaviors Create an Agile Culture with Gregory Miller

Johanna Rothman

See Behaviors Create an Agile Culture with Johanna Rothman. We spoke about the Modern Management Made Easy books. In our wide-ranging discussion, we discussed the various traps that managers create or encounter: Rewarding heroics instead of collaboration.

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Enlightening Conversation on the Badass Agile Podcast

Johanna Rothman

I had a terrific time with Chris Williams on his Badass Agile podcast. We discussed the Modern Management Made Easy books. Some of the topics we covered: Are managers born or made? How managers need to collaborate to achieve agility.

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Want a Successful Agile Project? Start with Why Before How

Johanna Rothman

The managers don't believe the teams need product owners, so the teams don't have POs. The managers think a Scrum Master can support at least four teams. The managers (often with the assistance of a consultancy) decided Scrum was the answer. Often, the managers were in the room.

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All Method, No Madness: Guiding Agile Teams Through Research

Speaker: Amanda Stockwell, President of Stockwell Strategy

Many Product Managers feel quality user research can't keep up with the fast-paced agile teams. However, if you're willing to adapt, you don't have to sacrifice agility or insights. Join Amanda Stockwell, President of Stockwell Strategy, as she covers issues agile teams have and how to solve them.

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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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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What is agile?

The Product Coalition

Agile in a nutshell: Definition, values, principles, methodologies and basic understanding Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ». agile product-management technology software-development digital-transformation

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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. But he also made very clear that so far agile is the best thing we’ve got to get work done.

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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.

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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Why Agile Turns into Micromanagement

The Product Coalition

TL; DR: Why Agile Turns into Micromanagement Agile turns into micromanagement as a result of the middle management’s resistance to change. Update 2020–10–11: I added new content, updated the ‘State of Agile Checklist,’ and fixed some content debt.

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Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best

280 Group

Tesla Agile Development: Version 8.0 Software and Product Management at its best. The post Tesla Agile Development: Product Management at its Best appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Agile Product Management Agile Cool Products FeaturesLast week I received the version 8 update from Tesla.

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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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Innovating and Driving Agility with Tech: No-Code Development

Speaker: Gautam Nimmagadda, CEO, Quixy

Product Managers: are you wondering what your teams will look like in the future? If so, it's time to look to no-code development. With it, you can leverage hyper automation, strengthen and accelerate growth, and drive value. Your teams will be able handle more projects, and focus on the real challenges. This webinar harnesses the wisdom of today's business leaders and the global pioneers of tomorrow. Join Gautam Nimmagadda, CEO of Quixy, and learn how to leverage tech to drive agility with citizen development and the no-code movement.

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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Define Agile Behaviors We Want to Reinforce in an Agile Career Ladder, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

I said that when we focus on individual achievements and deliverables, we ignore the agile system of work. Worse, when we reward individual achievements we prevent an agile culture. That's because agile teams learn together as they create the product.

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A Contrarian’s Perspective on Agile Mindset, Behaviors, Culture

Johanna Rothman

We often hear that agile is a mindset. That we need to change our thinking to use agility. We need behaviors if we want an agile culture. Which behaviors do we need for an agile culture? These are my definition of the minimum, necessary behaviors that promote agility.

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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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How Agile Approaches Change Project, Program, and Product Measures

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Before agile approaches took the world by storm, we used Gantt charts and defects to measure project and program progress. We had trouble measuring product progress until just before release—often too late to change anything. Join Johanna as she discusses how agile approaches change what we measure, and possible measures you might use in projects, programs, and to assess the product as the team(s) build it.