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  • Individual Contributor vs. Team Member

    Many people draw distinctions between people who do management-kind of work and people who do  “individual contributor” kind of work.  I’ve been asking if they mean individual work or team member work. Sometimes, they do mean individual work. More often, they mean team...

    Tags: management, MPD, culture, flow efficiency, leadership, teams, transition to agile, value

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  • Project Work vs Product Work

    We hear a lot these days about project-based organizations vs. product-based organizations. Much of what we do in software is in service of products. Products tend to evolve over time. When we work on projects, we learn from the experience. However, once we finish this release, the “product...

    Tags: MPD, project management, feature teams, flow efficiency, product development, project team

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  • Efficiency Rants and Raves: Twitter Chat Thursday

    I’m doing a Twitter chat November 3 at 4pm Eastern/8pm UK with David Daly. David posted the video of our conversation as prep for the Twitter chat. Today he tweeted this: “How do you optimize for features? That’s flow efficiency.” Yes, I said that. There were several Twi...

    Tags: agile, MPD, flow efficiency, lean, management, transition to agile, value

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  • How the Agile Project Manager and Product Owner Roles Intersect, Part 3

    In What Agile Project Managers Do, Part 1, I described what facilitative agile project managers do. In What Agile Project Managers Do Not Do, Part 2, I described a number of roles a more traditional project manager might think is their job still, even if they are supposed to be/use agile. So...

    Tags: agile, MPD, flow efficiency, product owner, project management, transition to agile

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  • What Agile Project Managers Do Not Do, Part 2

    In What Agile Project Managers Do, Part 1, I spoke about what agile project managers might do. Here’s what agile project managers do not do: The agile project manager does not assign work. The agile project manager does not estimate work on behalf of the team. The agile project manager does...

    Tags: agile, MPD, flow efficiency, product owner, project management, transition to agile

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  • What Agile Project Managers Do, Part 1

    One of the questions I hear all the time with people transitioning to using agile is this: How do we organize the project if we don’t have a project manager? If you read Manage It!, you know I don’t buy the idea of a controlling project manager. But a facilitative project manager? Oh ...

    Tags: agile, MPD, flow efficiency, product owner, project management, transition to agile

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  • Rethinking Component Teams for Flow

    A couple of weeks ago, I spoke locally about Manage Your Project Portfolio. Part of the talk is about understanding when you need project portfolio management and flowing work through teams. One of the (very sharp) fellows in the audience asked this question: As you grow, don’t you need com...

    Tags: MPD, portfolio management, agile, agile management, cost of delay, expert, flow efficiency, lean, management, product ownership, resource efficiency, value

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  • Thinking About PMO Productivity

    In Manage Your Project Portfolio, I’m agnostic about who manages the project portfolio. I prefer that the managers responsible for the strategy make the project portfolio decisions. And, I recognize that the PMO often makes those decisions. I am doing a series of webinars with TransparentC...

    Tags: MPD, portfolio management, flow efficiency, project management, value

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  • Team Size Matters, Reprise

    Several years ago, I wrote a post for a different blog called “Why Team Size Matters.” That post is long gone. I explained that the number of communication paths in the team does not increase linearly as the team size increases;  team communication paths square when the team...

    Tags: MPD, project management, agile, agile management, agile mindset, cultural change, flow efficiency, lean, project culture, team, team size

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  • Defining “Scaling” Agile, Part 5: Agile Management

    One of the challenges I see in organizations is how managers can use agile approaches. One of the biggest problems is that the entire organization is organized for resource efficiency (think silos of functional experts). Agile approaches use flow efficiency. Thinking in flow efficiency changes ev...

    Tags: agile, MPD, collaboration, cost of delay, flow efficiency, leadership, management, portfolio management, transition to agile, value, visualize, work in progress

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