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  • Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 4, Resilience, Prediction, & Feedback

    One of my clients was trying—valiantly—to make their quarterly planning sessions work. They prepared, getting the big hotel room. They had plenty of supplies. The planning even went well. However, within two weeks, their plan had no relation to reality. That meant that for the next t...

    Tags: MPD, product ownership, agile, agile program management, agile roadmap, discovery, estimation, feature set, feedback, flow, lean, rolling wave planning, value

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

    If you need to plan more often than once a quarter, how do you know how to replan? Instead of incurring the time and cost when you bring everyone together,  consider the Product Value Team. (In past writing and presentations, I’ve called this the Product Owner Value Team. I am trying t...

    Tags: MPD, product ownership, agile, agile program management, agile roadmap, discovery, estimation, feature set, feedback, flow, lean, product value team, rolling wave planning, value

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  • Innovation: Is It Worth The Investment?

    Innovation. What is the value? That is a tough question! Asking the definition of ‘value’ becomes a loaded question. Depending on who you ask…depends on the question you will get. It is elusive! The True Value of Innovation Creating value from innovation is a crucial step for...

    Tags: Business, Corporate Turnaround, Innovation, lean six sigma, quality, shmula.com, value

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  • Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 7, Summary

    Let me summarize what I’ve been talking about in these posts. The problem I’m seeing is that too many teams and organizations plan too much in too much detail too soon. Instead of architectural BDUF (Big Design Up Front), it’s project planning as BDUF. They expect one single per...

    Tags: MPD, product ownership, agile, agile program management, agile roadmap, BDUF, discovery, estimation, feature set, feedback, flow, lean, product value team, rolling wave planning, scaling agile, value

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  • Improve Writing Quality with Speaking & Storyboarding

    For a decade, I supervised undergrads and grad students as they were completing writing projects: term papers, semester projects, and of course — capstone projects and thesis work. Today, I’m responsible for editing the work of (and mentoring) junior colleagues. The main lesson I&rsqu...

    Tags: Education, Random Thoughts, Technology Management, content, content marketing, continuous improvement, education, inspiration, marketing, motivation, productivity, quality, reflection, story, storytelling, technical writing, value, writing

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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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  • Why Combine Agile and Lean?

    If you’ve been watching my writing (and speaking), you’ve noticed that I like both agile and lean. I like the cadence of milestones and demos that iteration-based agile provides. I like the limiting of work in progress and seeing the whole that lean provides. For me, both are necessar...

    Tags: agile, MPD, book, deliver, lean, project management, transition to agile, value

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  • Three Tips for Sizing Defect Fixes

    As I’m teaching my Practical Product Owner workshop, some POs are having trouble understanding how big a defect is. Sure, they want to have small(er) stories, but a defect isn’t done until it’s all fixed, and the team has decided if they need automated regression tests added to ...

    Tags: MPD, project management, defects, product ownership, team, timebox, value

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  • Cost Accounting is a Problem for Agile (and Knowledge Work)

    The more I work with project portfolio teams and program managers, the more I understand one thing: Cost accounting makes little sense in the small for agile, maybe for all knowledge work. I should say that I often see cost accounting in the form of activity-based accounting. Each function contri...

    Tags: agile, MPD, agile program management, agile project management, cost, cost of delay, earned value, project portfolio management, small stories, value

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  • Consider Onions or Round Trip for an MVP

    I’m teaching a Product Owner workshop this week, and I had an insight about a Minimum Viable Product. AN MVP has to fulfill these criteria: Minimum means it’s the smallest chunk of value that allows us to build, measure, and learn. (Yes, Eric Ries’ loop) Viable means the actors/...

    Tags: MPD, product ownership, agile, MVE, MVP, project management, value

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