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Collocated West Logo Product Management: The Innovation Glue for the Lean Enterprise
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At a time when organizations of all sizes both want and need innovation, exciting approaches including lean startup and agile development have risen to the forefront. Although there is no shortage of resources and expertise on these approaches, less guidance is available on the daunting...

Mimi Hoang and George Schlitz
Inside the Mind of the 21st Century Customer
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Testers frequently say that they are the voice of the customer or the customer advocate for their organization’s products. In some situations this can be a helpful mindset, but no matter how hard he tries, a software tester is not the customer. In fact, there is no one better suited to...

Alan Page, Microsoft
We Need It by the End of the Year: What's Your Estimate?
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Letting good estimates made by smart people be overwhelmed by the strong desires of powerful people is a cardinal sin of project management. Accurate estimates are the foundation of all critical project decisions regarding staffing, functionality, delivery date, and budget. How do we...

Tim Lister, Atlantic Systems Guild, Inc.
Product Management: Optimizing the What to Develop
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Most organizations struggle with the processes that define what software they should develop, when to do it, and how it will evolve over time—all parts of the product management role and activities. Because repeatable processes have not been established and organizations cope with...

Ernani Ferrari, Mondo Strategies
Develop a Defect Prevention Strategy—or Else!
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Defects occurring throughout the development of a software project penalize the project. The effort spent remediating these defects robs the project team of valuable time, resources, and money that could otherwise be used for further innovation and delivering the highest possible quality...

Scott Aziz, Cognizant
Balancing the Crusty and Old with the Shiny and New
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In his journeys, Bob Galen has discovered that testing takes on many forms. Some organizations have no automated tests and struggle to run massive manual regression tests within very short iterative releases. Other organizations are going “all in”―writing thousands of acceptance tests...

Bob Galen, Velocity Partners
ADC-BSC EAST 2013 Keynote: Reading the Tea Leaves: Predicting a Project’s Future
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Is a project’s fate preordained? Does a project’s past suggest its likely future? Can anything be done to influence that future when the current signs aren’t promising? Payson Hall has participated in and reviewed many projects during his thirty-year career in software development.

Payson Hall, Catalysis Group Inc.
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
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

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