product owner

Reframe the “How Much” Conversation to “How Little”

Reframe the “How Much” Conversation to “How Little” Dan, a product owner felt as if he was stuck between the proverbial rock and the hard place. His managers wanted “everything” in the next release.He knew the team couldn’t possibly deliver all of it. He hoped to get most of the features. He met with Polly, …

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Own Your Leadership, Part 3

Own Your Leadership, Part 3 I started this story back in Own Your Leadership, Part 1: Dave and Sherry collaborated to facilitate their team’s ability to deliver one completed feature at a time, to improve the team’s throughput and quality. In Own Your Leadership, Part 2, Sherry realized the team doesn’t have a real PO, …

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How the Agile Project Manager and Product Owner Roles Intersect, Part 3

In What Agile Project Managers Do, Part 1, I described what facilitative agile project managers do. In What Agile Project Managers Do Not Do, Part 2, I described a number of roles a more traditional project manager might think is their job still, even if they are supposed to be/use agile. Sometimes, people get confused with …

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Plan, Plan, Plan

Plan, Plan, Plan Do you like planning? You might be one of those people who likes to make lists and plan in great detail. I love my lists. I’m not big on huge, ginormous plans, but I do like a list of what to do now and the picture of where I’m headed. You might …

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One Week Remaining for Super-Early-Bird Registration for Product Owner and Writing Workshops

I have two online workshops starting in late August: Practical Product Owner Workshop: Deliver What Your Customers Need Non-Fiction Writing Workshop: Write Non-Fiction to Enhance Your Business and Reputation If you have been reading the estimations posts and are wondering, “How do I help my project deliver something every day or more often,” you should …

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Moving to Agile Contracts

Marcus Blankenship and I wrote a follow-up piece to our first article, mentioned in Discovery Projects Work for Agile Contracts. That article was about when your client wants the benefit of agile, but wants you to estimate everything in advance and commit to a fixed price/fixed scope (and possibly fixed date) project. Fixing all of …

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