Virtual Workshops Registration Open

I offer three online workshops for your writing and product ownership pleasure. All three are open for registration. Practical Product Owner: Deliver What Your Customers Value and Need Workshop (Q2 session starts May 8, 2017) Writing Non-Fiction Workshop 1: Enhance...

Postpone Work With a Parking Lot

If you are wondering, “What do I do with the work I said no to?” here’s the answer. Use a parking lot. This is the image from Manage Your Project Portfolio. I recommend just four columns: the project name, the date you put the project on the list,...

Why I Use a Paper Kanban Board

My most recent post about how to¬†Visualize Your Work So You Can Say No showing a couple of different kanbans was quite popular. Several people ask me how I use my personal kanban. I use paper. Here’s why I don’t use a tool: I am too likely to put too much...

Visualize Your Work So You Can Say No

Most people I know—even the people supposedly using agile—have too much work to do. You have project work. You have support work, formal for customer support or sales, and informal for your colleagues. You have reports to write or file, time cards to fill...

From Tasks to Stories with Value

I’m almost at the end of the January Practical Product Owner workshop. One of the participants has a problem I’ve seen before. They have a backlog of work, and it’s all tasks. Not a story in sight. I understand how that happens. Here are some ways...