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Jennifer Lent writes that pair development and swarming helps teams get into a state of continuous flow.
Management consultant Johanna Rothman suggests that teams experiment with Agile swarming. Swarming is when the team works on one user story to complete it.
Consider these recommendations for swarming:
May 31, 2015 in Project Management | Permalink
At one company, our unit of work was large features. It could take us three months to complete a feature. To accelerate our ability to deliver fast, we broke the features into smaller user stories.
This approach allowed us to complete a minimum marketable feature in a week, greatly increasing the flow of value to our customers.
Eric Ries also writes about the power of small batches.
May 25, 2015 in Project Management | Permalink
Roman Pichler introduces The GO Product Roadmap. I wish more product owners used a visual diagram.
Roman's roadmap includes goals, features, and metrics to measure the product. The product owner and team should work together to complete the roadmap. In the team's work area, post the roadmap on a wall for everyone to see.
See these instructions for driving the GO roadmap.
May 24, 2015 in Product Management | Permalink
Rod Collins gave a webinar today and discussed the pace of change.
Rod says the most successful companies are designed for:
May 20, 2015 in Product Management | Permalink
Brant Cooper teaches you how to run Lean Startup in the Enterprise.
Hint. Plant four seeds.
In Agile we use big visible charts... physical charts or graphs that we display on a wall. These physical boards help teams self-organize and synchronize their efforts.
Even if you have a software app to track progress or workflow, you should still use a physical chart because it helps the team continuously improve.
May 19, 2015 in Product Management | Permalink
In a Youtube video, Mary Poppendieck provides a lean case study and the three keys to lean.
Here are the keys:
May 18, 2015 in Product Management | Permalink
Moves the Needle shares seven lean startup experiments.
I've always been enamored with the Wizard of Oz technique, named after the Wizard behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz movie.
Here's a Seinfeld scene that serves as a metaphor for the Wizard of Oz experiment.
May 16, 2015 in Product Management | Permalink
"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."
-- Winston Churchill
Agile development generates patterns of work, patterns that deliver beautiful benefits.
What I mean by this... you are not working harder with Agile. You are simply shaping work in a way that makes everything easier and accelerates your ability to deliver product.
One of the most powerful patterns is cross-functional teams. Teams with all the skills, talents, and abilities to deliver working product.
How is this different from traditional work? Traditionally, we have functional groups. Business Analysts. Developers. Testers.
When producing a product, the functions work in silos and communicate with each other mostly through handoffs. Handoffs take the shape of requirement documents, design documents...
Instead of the lethal silo, Agile uses a blended team shape where communication is mostly verbal. The team has all the skills to make it happen... To create products that delight customers.
The Agile Coach, living at the catalyst leader level, creates a highly participative, empowered team that leads change.
Cross-functional teams... A structure that shapes high-performing teams.
May 09, 2015 in Product Management | Permalink
When you are helping your Agile teams improve, it's nice to have a mix of tools so people stay engaged.
For your next retrospective here's the game Learning Matrix.
The game's fun, easy to play, and increases team collaboration.
May 08, 2015 in Product Management | Permalink
Reading a great book -- Leadership Presence.
The best line in the book?
A person does not gather learnings as possessions but rather becomes a new person... To learn is not to have, it is to be.
May 06, 2015 in Strategy | Permalink