Agile 2009: Product Management/Ownership and Business Agility

Now that I’m unpacked from Agile 2009 in Chicago, I wanted to share a few highlights from the conference: [1]  Product Manager/Product Owner track.  On behalf of Enthiosys, I was proud to chair a new track this year for product manager/product owner topics and speakers, co-chaired by Steve Johnson of Pragmatic Marketing with able help from Scott Sehlhorst, Laureen Knudsen and Jennifer Fawcett.  This let us highlight growing discussion (and spark some energetic disagreements) about who-does-what in agile product management and product ownership, and the need to inject solid product strategy and serious business inputs into agile software development processes. 

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The Art of Product Management: Lessons from a Silicon Valley Innovator

The Art of Product Management: Lessons from a Silicon Valley Innovator collects the most popular of Rich Mironov’sProduct Bytes columns from 2002-2008 with forewords by Prof Henry Chesbrough and David Strom. Buy it on Amazon! “The Art of Product Management: Lessons from a Silicon Valley Innovator” is organized into five sections covering start-ups (“Falling in Love”), organizations, Agile and SaaS (“the Almost New-New Things”), getting into customers’ heads, and pricing (“what should things cost?”). It covers many of the meta-issues about product management:  “how to think” about PM rather than “how to” do individual PM tasks and projects.  I’m hoping that readers will recognize themselves and their daily process struggles in many of these pieces. With so many readers responding…

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