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. Agile Product Management Agile

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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 Features

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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. Agile Marketing With Development Using Agile innovation for software development may help accelerate and optimize completion of a product.

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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. Over the next few years my career evolved through people-management, pre-sales, and program management roles into product 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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Agile Transitions – Managing Expectations

Clever PM

We live in a day and age where there’s a ton of information and mis-information out there about pretty much every topic imaginable, and Agile development is certainly not immune to this phenomenon. In fact, anyone who looks for help in pushing through an Agile transformation in their organization is immediately confronted with a vast […]. Product Management Agile Culture Definitions Good PM Influence Leadership Organization PM Scrum

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.

The Potential of Agile

Tyner Blain

When an executive, too far removed from what makes creating products hard thinks of “agile” as a silver bullet it becomes difficult to manage expectations. It is precisely that potential which inspires not-yet-informed executives to learn about how agile could help them.

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How To Talk To Your Executives About Agile

PM Hardcore

People have asked me “How can I get my execs to support an agile transformation? Reframe the Agile conversation around value. Don’t talk about scrum or methodologies or the Agile Manifesto. These two ideas are often munged together in agile discussions.

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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. Too often, managers measure people as individuals. I like to see the questions reflect the why for your organization’s agile transformation. “What should I measure???”

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Why Agile Marketing is the Key to Successful Products

280 Group

Can Agile Marketing give you an edge? The post Why Agile Marketing is the Key to Successful Products appeared first on 280 Group Product Management. Product Marketing Agile Market Research Methodology WebinarThis is a guest post by John Armstrong, CMO, Zettaset.

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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Podcast: Product Management in Agile Orgs

Melissa Perri

After Mile High Agile, I sat down with Howard Sublett from SolutionsIQ for the Agile Amped Podcast. We talked about how Product Management is missing from many Agile Teams and how they need to think about introducing the right practices and principles. Check out the podcast below. The original link to the podcast is here. podcast

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

Mind the Product

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. Simon, our scrum master, switched to a product manager role. We hired our second product manager, Tess Cooper.

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What is the Value of Agility?

Clever PM

One of the many challenges that Product Managers face in trying to move organizations toward a more agile approach to product development is that some stakeholders simply don’t see the value in the shift. Product Management Agile Culture Development Good PM Influence Leadership Lean MVP Organization PM Priorities Scrum User Stories

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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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Questions to Ask Before Estimating an Agile Program Posted

Johanna Rothman

My most recent article on 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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How To Talk To Your Executives About Agile

PM Hardcore

People have asked me “How can I get my execs to support an agile transformation? Reframe the Agile conversation around value. Don’t talk about scrum or methodologies or the Agile Manifesto. These two ideas are often munged together in agile discussions.

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Why Does Agility Matter?

Clever PM

We tend to take the fact that agility is important as a given, when the reality is that not everyone in the business world has reached the same conclusion. Thus, it’s important sometimes to take a step back and examine why agility actually matters, so that when we’re faced with people who aren’t as convinced as […]. Product Management Agile Culture Definitions Good PM Influence Leadership Organization Scrum

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. Recently, I wrote about a manager’s serial status meeting.

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Announcing Create Your Successful Agile Project

Johanna Rothman

I have a new book in beta, Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver. My three most recent Pragmatic Manager newsletters were about jelled teams: The Case For Stable Teams, Part 1. The Manager’s Role in Creating Effective Teams, Part 3.

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3 Ways to Apply Lean Product Management Right Away

280 Group

Greg works for 280 Group and has authored best-selling books such as Agile Excellence for Product Managers, Lean Product Management, and Strategy Excellence for Product Managers. Lean Product Management Agile Best Practices Lean YouTube Video

Agile Practice Guide Interview with Mike Griffiths

Johanna Rothman

Last year, I was part of a geographically distributed team who wrote the Agile Practice Guide. Shane Hastie interviewed us during Agile 2017. is here: Johanna Rothman and Mike Griffiths on the Agile Alliance/PMI Agile Practice Guide.

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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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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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10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

To help you develop your agile product roadmap, I have created a goal-oriented roadmap template called the GO Product Roadmap. Even if you manage to make it work, you will end up with an overly long and complex product backlog that is difficult to adjust and maintain.

Creating Agile HR, Part 8: Summary

Johanna Rothman

Of these, it makes sense to change the compensation and rewards approach, recruitment and hiring if the organization wants to create an agile culture. It’s possible to create a more agile approach to education and training. If we think about agile approaches as a way to: Create small, safe-to-fail experiments. So we can deliver business value more often, it’s much easier to see what parts of HR lend themselves to agile approaches and which parts don’t.

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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. All of these problems make managing the project portfolio even more difficult. Do join us at the Influential Agile Leader.

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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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April 5/Dublin: Product Managers, Product Owners, Scalable Agile Product Models

Mironov Consulting

We’ll have a half hour to talk about product managers, product owners and scalable models for agile product teams. Sylvie McDermott (CPO @ Currencyfair) will also talk about Mistake and Misconceptions in Product Management. What: Product Tank Dublin. When: April 5, 630pm.

Agile Cadabra

Tyner Blain

Agile is not magical. Changing from a waterfall process to an agile process changes how your team works, and helps eliminate inefficiencies. Adopting an agile process does not let you magically have a more successful product. What makes agile powerful is also makes it dangerous.

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True North: Managing Long-Term Roadmap Needs with Agility

Pragmatic Marketing

So, how do you reconcile the needs of projecting a long-term product plan with the reality of a constantly changing market, especially when you use an agile approach like scrum? Agile Loves Roadmaps and Plans. Agile and scrum don’t discourage the creation of a product roadmap. To quote the agile guru Mary Poppendieck: “Agile hates plans, but loves planning.”. Managing the unknown requires agility. 5 Tips for Managing the Agile Product Roadmap.

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Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 6, Managers Want Commitments

Johanna Rothman

Your managers are not yet. Your managers are stuck in what I call “how much” thinking: They want to see an estimate for “all” of it, regardless of when you might deliver the first piece of value. Managers need commitments and predictions for a number of excellent reasons. These predictions and plans make sense when you think about your managers’ perspectives. Part 6: Managers Want Commitments.

Product Owner vs. Product Manager Exploration

280 Group

Regardless of which role or title you may have, you should have at least a basic understanding of the Product Owner vs. Product Manager comparison; similarities, differences, and overlap. The post Product Owner vs. Product Manager Exploration appeared first on 280 Group Product Management.

Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 1, Think in Feature Sets

Johanna Rothman

The product managers and project portfolio managers depend on the team finishing everything the team commits to. Part 6: Managers Want Commitments. MPD product ownership agile agile program management agile roadmap discovery estimation feature set lean value

Podcast: Technically Speaking About Agile Product Management

Mironov Consulting

Agile Events 2016 Market Thinking Product ManagementCaryn Tomer & John Hartmann brought their Technically Speaking Podcast to Agile2016 in Atlanta.

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Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 5, the Product Value Team

Johanna Rothman

And, since the people on this team are already on feature teams (the POs) or on a program (the product manager), you might not have considered how these folks collaborate. Should the product manager never work with a team? Part 6: Managers Want Commitments.

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Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 3, Flow-Based Roadmapping

Johanna Rothman

Iterations don’t have to be that way, but it’s often difficult for managers to understand why everything takes “so long.” I’ve shown the planning on month boundaries because managers often want to see what they can “depend” on for a given month. (I

Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 7, Summary

Johanna Rothman

They expect one single person (a product manager or a product owner) to do all that planning. If you want to take advantage of agile approaches for maximum innovation and speed, consider these ideas: Consider using the term, feature sets , related features that produce value, instead of epics or themes. To be honest, if you are using agile approaches to manage change to the product and to incorporate feedback, I’m not sure how you can plan for a quarter.

Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

Agile” is something most teams do wrong*, without realizing they’re doing it wrong. Let’s apply this lens to agile as applied within a company, and see if it helps people decide to do things differently. When You Say Agile, What Do You Mean?

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