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Demystifying the Role of Product Owner
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Have you ever wondered what makes a good Product Owner? It’s a broad and deep role that is often filled with a hodgepodge of differently skilled individuals. Many organizations struggle to understand its importance as they scale their agile transformations. What about exceptional...

Bob Galen, Velocity Partners
Six Impossible Things before Breakfast
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Recently we’ve been seeing a lot of things that just don’t happen in real life. A managing director at Bank of America abandons decades of organizational “best practices” and recreates his organization by letting people organize their own teams. And, if that weren’t unusual enough, the...

Dan North, Dan North & Associates, Ltd. & Kyle Thomson, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
I Thought YOU Were Flying the Plane: Preventing Projects from Falling Out of the Sky
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One of the most cherished concepts of the Agile Manifesto is valuing individuals and interactions over processes and tools. Within this idea is the implicit assumption that individuals innately know how to interact. Dramatic lessons from aviation suggest otherwise. During the mid-1960s the...

Steve Adolph, WSA Consulting
Program Management: Collaborating across the Organization
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To be most effective when managing a large program, the component projects should limit their batch size, create networks of people, and report status in a way that works for the entire program. For those of you who are not quite ready for agile, Johanna Rothman explains how to use staged...

Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group Inc.
How Experian Revolutionized Product Strategy and Management with Big Data
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Agile discussions often focus on stories, backlogs, development, and testing. At Experian they also brought product strategy management and strategy into the agile fold to ensure their teams were in lock-step with customer requirements and priorities. That resulted in the delivery of...

Jeff Hassemer, Experian
Lessons from Busting Organizational Silos
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We’ve all heard of the evils that can result from organizational silos—bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and the “us vs. them” mentality. Perhaps you’ve been a victim. As Tricia Broderick repeatedly experienced value from busting individual project team silos, she naturally wanted to expand her...

Tricia Broderick, Santeon Group
Working Testing Tasks into the Product Backlog

If you've worked on an agile project, delivering to production on a regular basis, then you've struggled with the challenge of fitting in all the big tasks—performance, security, usability, and compatibility testing. To make matters worse, over time it becomes more and more challenging...

Michael Kelly, DeveloperTown
Gamification to Solve Real-World Challenges
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What can we learn from Angry Birds, which has been downloaded more than one billion times? What makes games engaging and fun? What is the secret that motivates players to mastery, even when they fail 80 percent of the time? What if we could reverse-engineer the principles behind a...

Ram Srinivasan, inRhythm
Seven Deadly Habits of Dysfunctional Software Managers
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As if releasing a quality software project on time were not difficult enough, poor management of planning, people, and process issues can be deadly to a project. Presenting a series of anti-pattern case studies, Ken Whitaker describes the most common deadly habits—and ways to avoid them.

Ken Whitaker, Leading Software Maniacs
Turbocharge Your Team’s Productivity: Increase Your Ability to Deliver
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Many factors impact a team’s productivity. Some are well understood—collocation, size, common purpose. Others are less well known including social capital—the value of social networking. Rob Maher describes techniques that have been successfully used within organizations to enhance team...

Rob Maher, Rob Maher Consulting

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