Wide-Ranging Conversation About Modern Management with Tom Cagley

Do you listen to Tom Cagley’s SPaMCAST? (Software Process and Measurement CAST). Tom has interviewed me several times before. This time, in SPaMCAST 635 – Practical Ways to Manage, A Conversation with Johanna Rothman, we discuss the Modern Management Made Easy books. As always, we had a fun, free-ranging conversation. Enjoy!

More Fun on the Troubleshooting Agile Podcast, Part 2

Jeffrey, Squirrel, and I continued our conversation on the Troubleshooting Agile Podcast, with Part 2. We addressed more of the Modern Management Made Easy principles. Specifically, we discussed the ideas of empathy and value-based integrity. We had a great discussion about several of the principles in the Modern Management Made Easy books: Empathy Value-based integrity …

Multiple Short Feedback Loops Support Innovation

Several of my clients have intertwined problems. Everyone agrees they want innovation: Which products and services the organization offers. (The project portfolio) What features the product offers, or the problems the product solves. (The product roadmap) In the team, to solve the problems in a way that will attract users/buyers/customers. (The team’s backlog and how …

Balance Innovation, Commitment, & Feedback Loops: Part 1: High Innovation Products

Many of my clients are trying to use short feedback loops in agile approaches. That desire bumps up against their management’s desires for longer commitments. This continuum might help them think through their needs for commitment and innovation. High Need for Product Innovation and Change The more need for product innovation and change, the shorter the feedback loops need …

Balance Innovation, Commitment, & Feedback Loops: Summary

Is it possible to balance the product innovation and feedback we need, with the commitment our management wants? Maybe. I tried to show my thinking for these questions in this series: When does it make sense to ask for or offer estimation and commitments? When does it make sense to ask for more feedback instead? …

Balance Innovation, Commitment, & Feedback Loops: Part 3: Low Innovation Products

What if you don’t need to experiment to reduce risks? You may have technical risks in terms of getting it “all” done. Especially for a given release date. In that case, you have a low need for product innovation. Your planning feedback loops can be longer. I’ve seen this occur in some of these circumstances: A …