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Starting a Product Organization Transformation, Part 6

I’ve been thinking about my clients who’ve had success moving from a project-based/resource-efficiency organization to a product-based/flow efficiency organization. They had these things in common: A senior person made it safe for the managers to create experiments. They created very small experiments (either managers or teams, or together). The senior manager often asked a question like this: What do you ...

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Possible Organization Changes for a Product Approach, Part 5

How do we move from a project-based organization towards a product organization? There are at least two systems of work we need to change: The management system and the culture of management How the teams work and their team culture. I’m not sure it’s that simple to explain. There might be more systems I don’t see yet. I’ve noticed these ...

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Possible Changes for a Product Approach, Part 4

How could we organize if we want flow efficiency? We would reward managers by their span of service instead of control, part 3, stop organizing by function, and move to something that looks like a product-based organization? My transforming idea for this question was to think about the organization as legacy code. We understand how to refactor legacy code. It takes ...

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Defining the Manager’s Role for a Product Approach, Part 3

This series is about how you might move to a product-based organization. Part 1 was about how when we organize by function, the recognition and rewards might prevent a successful agile transformation. Part 2 was about one possibility for moving to a product-based organization. Before we get to who moves where, we need to consider the manager roles. Moving to a product-based ...

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Establishing an Effective Product Strategy Process

Developing a successful product is not down to luck or trying hard enough. Instead, product success starts with making the right strategic decisions. But as product people, we are often so preoccupied with the tactics—be it dealing with an urgent support request or writing new user stories—that we sometimes no longer see the wood for the trees. In the worst ...

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Designing an Organization for a Product Approach, Part 2

In Part 1, I suggested that when we organize by function, the recognition and rewards might prevent a successful agile transformation. In this part, I’ll discuss an option for a product-oriented organization. Consider a Product-Oriented Organization Instead of organizing by function, consider a product-oriented organization. Again, I am not saying this is the only way a product organization would look, ...

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Designing an Organization for a Product Approach, Part 1

If you’re thinking about an agile transformation, you already know about feature teams. You might even call them/use them as product teams. You might wonder about organizing all the work as product work. See Your Current Organization   Many organizations use functions to organize people. The “Typical Product Development Organization” shows the kind of organization I see most often. That’s ...

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A Partner for Your Custom Software Solution – pt 0: an Overview

When you’ve decided that your business needs a custom software solution, the choice of partner will have an enormous impact on your project. At Foreach, we’re specialized in custom application development, and a big part of that is being a reliable partner to our customers. We found that a partnership rarely, if ever, ‘just clicks’, however. It takes communication and ...

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