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10 Product Backlog Tips

Using the product backlog can be challenging, and many product owners wrestle with overly long and detailed backlogs. This blog post provides ten practical tips that help you work with your product backlog effectively. Tip #1: Complement your Product Backlog with a Product Roadmap Use a roadmap to sketch the overall journey you want to take your product on. State ...

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Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 3

I started this series writing about the need for coaches in Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 1. I continued in Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 2, talking about the changed role of managers in agile. In this part, let me address the role of senior managers in agile and how coaches might help. For years, we have organized our people ...

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Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 2

In Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 1, I wrote about circumstances under which a team might want a coach. It wasn’t an exhaustive list. It had several questions defining when coaches might help the team to become agile, not be cargo cult agile. One of the reasons we might need coaches for a team is because of the changed manager role ...

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An agile introduction to DevOps – Working software

The agile manifesto says we value working software. What is working software anyway? We can talk about software working in different contexts. First are the non-tangible parts (more working than software): Idea – The ideas for the product we’re going to build need to make sense and solve the our customer problem Design – We need to have a proper ...

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Mindfulness Tips for Product Managers and Product Owners

Summary As product managers and product owners, we are busy people with a diverse range of responsibilities. This makes it all too easy to hurry from one meeting to the next, to try to accomplish several things at once, and to get lost in the busyness of our work. Unfortunately, this approach is not only unproductive, it also affects our ...

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Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 1

There was a fascinating Twitter conversation last week when I was busy writing other things. (I also find Twitter to be a difficult-for-me arena to have a conversation. I need more than 140 characters.) The conversation started when Neil Killick tweeted this: orgs need coaches not because “agile is unintuitive”, but because effective sw delivery is a team game requiring ...

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Tools for Aligning Remote Teams

According to Global Workplace Analytics, 80 to 90 percent of the US workforce says they would like to telework at least part time. As we see more remote teams created, we start to see some common issues arise around things like communication, culture, and, for tech teams, consistent development practices. Let’s talk about some tools and techniques that can help ...

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