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Capacity Planning and the Project Portfolio

I was problem-solving with a potential client the other day. They want to manage their project portfolio. They use Jira, so they think they can see everything everyone is doing. (I’m ...
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5 Things I’ve learnt being a scrum master

I’ve been a scrum master now for about 6 months. Having been involved in scrum previously as a product owner, as well as a developer, so moving into this role has really opened ...
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From Personas to User Stories

Summary User stories are a powerful technique to capture the product functionality from the perspective of a user or customer. But how do we discover the right stories? When should ...
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People Are Not Resources

My manager reviewed the org chart along with the budget. “I need to cut the budget. Which resources can we cut?” “Well, I don’t think we can cut software licenses,” I was ...
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Hiring Trap: I’ll Wait for the Best Person

A senior product manager had a great interview the other day. “I know the industry. I worked on the first generation of their product. I know their customers. I could do this job. ...
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Nightmare on Agile Street

I’m awake. I’m lying in my bed. I’m sweating but I’m cold. Its the small hours of the morning and the dream is as vivid as it is horrid…. I’m standing in a clients offices, ...
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Agile Outsourcing is Like Marriage – A 5-Step Agile Outsourcing How-To

There’s a lot of horror stories in offshore outsourcing of software development, but every once in a while you hear of excellent partnerships. Sounds a lot like marriages, doesn’t ...
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10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Strategy with the Vision Board

Summary This post does what its title says: It shares my recommendations for creating an agile product strategy using the Vision Board. It addresses readers who want to find out more ...
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How Pairing & Swarming Work & Why They Will Improve Your Products

If you’ve been paying attention to agile at all, you’ve heard these terms: pairing and swarming. But what do they mean? What’s the difference? When you pair, two people work together ...
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User Stories are Rarely Appropriate

All tools are useful when used appropriately, and User Stories are no different. User stories are fantastic when used in small teams on small projects where the team is co-located ...
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