Scaling Agile FAQ

Recently I published an article Revenge of the PMO that argues against a particular framework for agile at scale known as SAFe.  This was a bit unusual for me in that I normally don’t like to write much about process because the topic is so religious to so many...

Revenge of the PMO

I was first introduced to Agile methods about 15 years ago, when I first encountered some product teams that were experimenting with new ways of producing software.  I’ve been a long-time student of processes and tools for product development, and since the origin of...

Waterfall Deconstructed

It’s hard to find anyone that actually defends a Waterfall process anymore.  Agile methods might have their flaws, but at least they are usually much lesser flaws than Waterfall. Yet I actually meet many teams that claim to be practitioners of Agile and Lean, yet when...

Learning Fast vs. Failing Fast

By SVPG Partner Chris Jones At this point, nearly everyone in product at some point has heard phrases like “fail fast” or “embrace failure”. Though they are a bit tired, the intent of these phrases is still good: many product organizations are stuck in conservative...

Process vs. Model

There’s an old saying which comes from the world of statistics: “All models are wrong, but some are useful.”  This has always resonated with me.  While conceptual models are never perfect, I find them to be an especially powerful tool for explaining important...

Beyond Lean and Agile

I have been working exclusively with technology product teams now for a full 35 years, and I’ve seen countless processes, methodologies and techniques come and go.   In large part that’s the nature of the beast.  People are always searching for a silver bullet, and...

Why Women Make The Best Product Managers

Recently I gave a keynote address to the Mind The Product Conference in London, and in that talk I wanted to illustrate, by example, the essential role that very strong product managers play for their team and their company.  Most people noticed that all six of my...

Roadmap Alternative FAQ

In my prior article I discussed my favorite alternative to conventional product roadmaps.  That article seemed to strike a chord in people, and I received quite a bit of very positive feedback.  However, I also received more than a few questions. This didn’t really...

Big Bang Releases

What is a “Big Bang” release? This is when a team works for several months on a project with the intention of pushing it live in one big product creation event. Note that Big Bang is not necessarily the same as Waterfall, but it is an all too common consequence of...

Requirements Are Not

I’m not the first person to come to this conclusion, but over the years, I’ve really come to dislike the entire concept of a “requirement.” I’ve learned that so many things that look like “requirements” really are just a perception, or assumption, or an illusion....
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