Sunday , October 22 2017

7 Tips to Create and Sustain an Agile Product Roadmap

A product roadmap charts the intended evolution of a product over time. Its purpose is to bring alignment and seek the best solutions. Yet product roadmaps fail when they are misconstrued as binding “contracts,” or when they are disconnected from product vision. So in a post for EBG Consulting, Ellen Gottesdiener shares seven tips to build a roadmap that works: Do not use specific dates for milestones, but instead broader “time horizons.” Specify outcome-based metrics. …

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Top Seven Ways to Ruin an Agile Project

Nobody thinks they are going to make the same old mistakes that so many others have made—until it happens. Then they have to take a step back and figure out what went wrong, walking down an all-too-familiar road. In an article for TheServerSide, Daisy McCarthy describes seven of the most common mistakes that doom agile projects, so that maybe—just maybe—you will avoid them yourself: The project is agile in name only. Feedback doesn’t happen when …

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7 Certifications to Entice Every Agile Practitioner

Certification can be a great way to develop new skills. Alternatively, it can be a great way to prove you are capable with the skills you already have too. In any case, certifications are great for a career. In an article for CIO.com, Sharon Florentine touches upon seven different certifications that could be of interest to agile practitioners: PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner): The Project Management Institute and its various credentials are often seen as the …

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Are Traditional Scrum Masters Becoming Obsolete?

Once upon a time, agile was an alien concept, an oddity at the fringes of management. Now, virtually everyone is doing it. That means comprehension of things like scrum is increasing on the whole. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Kevin Korterud shares three observations on agile’s proliferation that have led him to wonder if the traditional scrum master role might be going away: Agile delivery is becoming mature. Some scrum masters are …

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5 Reasons Your Executives Won’t Get Agile

As managing consultant Matthew Heusser sees it, there is a universal problem businesses are experiencing: Executives are committing to agile and then undermining that commitment almost right away, often unintentionally. How does this happen? In an article for TechBeacon, Heusser shares five reasons executives do not fully understand and embrace agile: Executives see agile as a team-level activity. Executives receive agile training at the wrong level. Waterfall hides inefficiencies from executives. Leaders over-focus on one …

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3 Questions When the Agile Interview Turns Sour

When you show up for a job interview for an agile position, you can never be quite sure what you will get. Does this business really understand agile, or do they just expect agile to be a silver bullet for problems? In an article for Business 2 Community, Ian Mitchell discusses your options for when you are in a situation where the interviewer clearly does not have a full grasp of agile. It could be …

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What Is the Project Manager’s Role during Agile Transformation?

The decision has been made to become an agile team, so the project manager faithfully follows through on transforming the team. How though? What does the project manager do? In an article for Scrum Alliance, Mayuri Patel decides to give her own answer to this question, because none of the other answers she ever heard were satisfactory. The Space In-Between In the first place, one thing that makes answering the question difficult is that many …

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The Illusion of Measuring What Customers Want

Businesses make decisions based on what they believe customers want. To that end, they use all manner of tools and surveys seeking to quantify what it is customers want, and also how much they want it. However, in a post at JTBD, Alan Klement lays out the case for why “measuring” what customers want is not actually possible, and we need to reframe how we approach the issue. Not a Straight Comparison William Bruce Cameron …

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In Defense of ‘ScrumBut’

“ScrumBut” is a pejorative describing instances where a person says, “We do scrum, but…” In other words, ScrumBut summarizes all the ways and reasons that people do not have a true scrum implementation. But in a post at the Clever PM, Cliff Gilley takes umbrage with the idea that ScrumBut is always an awful, condemnable thing. In fact, to treat it that way is a betrayal of the tenants of agile, because when it comes …

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4 Things to Do before the Scrum Master Goes on Vacation

Vacations are a delight—for the people who get to have them. For everyone else who would normally be relying on that person’s work output, it can be a bit of a pain. In a post for Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn describes what to do to ensure work progresses smoothly when the scrum master takes time off: Find a replacement if the team is inexperienced or the absence is long. Clarify expectations with the team. …

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