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  • Product Innovation Through Powerful Problem Statements

    Last week I had the opportunity to present a webinar at the Project Management Viewblog. I spoke on how Six Sigma-powered problem statements can actually improve innovation in a project. Interestingly, that’s contrary to what many product managers believe. (You can review a full audio-...

    Tags: Tools & Methods, creativity, discipline, Innovation, problem statement, product management, product manager, rigor, six sigma

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  • An Easy Way to Make Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Totally Not Viable

    The classic viral MVP cartoon from Henrik Kniberg (https://blog.crisp.se/2016/01/25/henrikkniberg/making-sense-of-mvp)5 minute read The Minimum Viable Product (MVP) concept has taken off over the past few years, and indeed, its heart is in the right place. MVP encourages product managers to sc...

    Tags: Competitiveness, Innovation, Management, Quality, Socio-Technical Systems, Technology Management, Uncategorized, minimum viable product, MVP, product development, product management, software

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  • Planning: Risk Management to Manage Uncertainty

    Many organizations plan to create certainty, guarantees of some variety. What if we thought about agile planning as a way to manage uncertainty? When I look at long roadmaps with all the “must-do” feature sets and the pressure managers put on teams to commit to delivery, I wonder abou...

    Tags: MPD, product ownership, agile, agile roadmap, experiment, product development, product management, risk management

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  • Balance Innovation, Commitment, & Feedback Loops: Part 1: High Innovation Products

    Many of my clients are trying to use short feedback loops in agile approaches. That desire bumps up against their management's desires for longer commitments. This continuum might help them think through their needs for commitment and innovation. High Need for Product Innovati...

    Tags: agile, MPD, agile planning, estimation, management, product management, product value team, project planning

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  • Balance Innovation, Commitment, & Feedback Loops: Part 2: Moderate Innovation Products

    What if you can plan for a few weeks or even a month-plus at a time? You don't need the extremely short feedback cycles (hours to a day) because you're not doing high innovation. You don't need to change what the team does every few days. You can estimate and commit to maybe a month's work at a t...

    Tags: agile, MPD, agile planning, estimation, management, product management, product value team, project planning, waste

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  • Balance Innovation, Commitment, & Feedback Loops: Summary

    Is it possible to balance the product innovation and feedback we need, with the commitment our management wants? Maybe. I tried to how my thinking for these questions in this series: When does it make sense to ask for or offer estimation and commitments? When does it make sense to ask for more fe...

    Tags: agile, MPD, agile planning, estimation, management, product management, product value team, project planning

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  • When Competition Starts with an S: Step-up Using the Strong-form Product Management Model

    Most Product Managers have relatively narrow roles and decision rights on product portfolios are fragmented on various functions. This creates incoherence between a company’s product and its overall Corporate Strategy. What is needed is more accountable decision rights that align responsibi...

    Tags: Strategy, Marketing, & Sales, product management

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  • Balance Innovation, Commitment, & Feedback Loops: Part 3: Low Innovation Products

    What if you don't need to experiment to reduce risks? You may have technical risks in terms of getting it “all” done. Especially for a given release date. In that case, you have a low need for product innovation. Your planning feedback loops can be longer. I've seen this occur in...

    Tags: agile, MPD, agile planning, estimation, management, product management, product value team, project planning

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  • Customers, Internal Delivery, and Trust

    Your customers can't take your product more often than once or twice a year. Because the product doesn't need to leave the building, the teams don't release internally. Nor do the teams demo on a regular basis. The teams miss the feedback loops so critical for an agile approach. Their a...

    Tags: MPD, project management, agile, agile program management, continuous delivery, continuous integration, customer, feedback loop, lean, product management, release criteria, transition to agile, trust

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  • Content Marketing for Product Innovators

    If you want to know how to leverage content marketing to position your product in your customer’s mind, a great person to ask is Jerod Morris, VP of Marketing at Rainmaker Digital. Previously CopyBlogger, Rainmaker Digital is the most authoritative source I know for content marketing. Conti...

    Tags: innovation, innovation excellence, Product Innovation, marketing, content marketing, Product Management

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