Rethinking Component Teams for Flow

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke locally about Manage Your Project Portfolio. Part of the talk is about understanding when you need project portfolio management and flowing work through teams. One of the (very sharp) fellows in the audience asked this question: As you...

Connecting with Humans

I just read Zappos is struggling with Holacracy because humans aren’t designed to operate like software. I’m not surprised. That’s because we are humans who work with other human people. I want to talk with people when I want to talk with them, not when...

Continuous Planning Article Posted

I have a new article up on projectmanagement.com, Continuous Agile Program Planning: Think Big, Plan Small. It’s about how to use rolling wave planning especially for an agile program. If you are a Product Owner or you are responsible for planning what when, and...

Lessons for the New Year

I don’t know if you retrospect on a regular basis. I do. (I know, you are so surprised!) Andy Kaufman asked me to share my biggest learning for his podcast. Take a listen to The Most Important Lesson You Learned Last Year. I’m pleased and proud to be in...

Consider Rolling Wave Roadmap and Backlog Planning

Many agile teams attempt to plan for an entire quarter at a time. Sometimes, that works quite well. You have deliverables, and everyone understands the order in which you need to deliver them. You use agile because you can receive feedback about the work as you...

Consider Onions or Round Trip for an MVP

I’m teaching a Product Owner workshop this week, and I had an insight about a Minimum Viable Product. AN MVP has to fulfill these criteria: Minimum means it’s the smallest chunk of value that allows us to build, measure, and learn. (Yes, Eric Ries’...