Keynotes: Agile Comes to…

During 2008-2010, Rich Mironov keynoted a series of one-day seminars in Bellevue and Seattle WA, Fairfax VA, Santa Clara and Burlingame CA on Agile adoption presented by leading Agile solution providers.  The two most popular talks were “Agile Fundamentals, ROI and Engineering BestPractices” and “Mitigating Risk with Agile Development.”  Both include a quick review of agile, how executives think about agile (and software development in general), plus thoughts on organizational challenges in roll out agile. These events had lively discussions and disagreements about applying agile in various settings, and how to keep organizational or business needs aligned with development priorities.  All attendees received a copy of Rich’s book “The Art of Product Management”. Agile Fundamentals, ROI and Engineering Best Practices…

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P-Camp ‘10: Thinking Like an Agile Product Manager

At Silicon Valley P-Camp ‘10 (March 13th), Rich Mironov led a session on “How Agile Changes Waterfall PM Processes and Thinking.”  This was a tall order for a 45-minute colllaborative session with 120+ attendees, so we ran a real-time exercise in creating, prioritizing and attacking a backlog of agile PM issues.  The room was full of enthusiastic attendees, both agile veterans and newbies, with good insights/advice from the crowd. Agenda: Handful of level-setting slides (< 15 minutes) – see the slides Prioritize and time-box questions / issues raised by the group, i.e. build a backlog (< 10 minutes) Tackle issues based on priority (20 minutes, allocated 5 minutes each for top 4 issues) Thumbnail retrospective (3 minutes) Rather than just…

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Third Annual Silicon Valley P-Camp

The third annual Silicon Valley P-Camp was the largest gathering of product managers ever!  550 product managers got together for a Saturday of discussions, talks, panels, networking, fun, food, t-shirts and surprises.  Under the leadership of SVPMA and with Yahoo! generosity.  34 sessions, talks and panels were chosen from 70 proposals, for a long day of collaboration and participation.

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Market Facts, Judgment, Fallibility and Ownership

Or how I learned to stop worrying and love market uncertainty. Every few weeks, I find myself itching to play the product management “heavy.”  This is the moment when I want to yell “….because I’m the product manager and I said so!” Not an ideal strategy for PMs or parents.  Here’s a more productive approach, with input from many other PMs. Assuming we’ve been doing our homework all along and are working with well-intentioned, rational people, we can make the following case to technical and marketing teams:

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A great SVPMA talk: "How To Get That Next PM Job"

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On March 5th, Shreyas Doshi had the SVPMA podium for a talk on “How To Get That Next PM Job” This was an astonishingly wonderful talk: crisp, funny, and relentlessly on-point.  When I wasn’t applauding and smacking my forehead, I was jealous.

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