Forrester Podcast with Tom Grant

The Heretech is Tom Grant‘s blog for Forrester on technology product management.  His August 18th podcast with Rich Mironov covered a range of topics including agile and PM; product innovation and B2B products worth loving; where to look internally for good PM candidate; parenting as metaphor for product management; and dinosaur extinction theories. Tom’s light touch and literary allusions (“Dinosaurs in the Hands of an Angry God”) always make for good listening. Hear this podcast

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6 Lessons for Non-Development Executives at Agile Software Companies

In many conversations over the last few months, I’ve see executive teams grappling with the positive effects of agile software development on their non-development processes and organizations. If you’re a VP of Marketing or Sales or Finance or Operations or Support at an agile software company, or one that is becoming more agile, improvements in how we build software will be shaping how you think about the software business and non-engineering departments. Here’s a short list of items that you need to consider in the face of increasing agility.

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Agile Transformation Seminar

Rich Mironov keynoted a one-day seminar on Agile Transformation, hosted by IBM, entitled “Mitigating Risk with Agile Development: Great Software, Great Business Results Where: IBM Innovation Center, 2929 Campus Drive, Suite 275/2nd floor, San Mateo, CA When: Thursday, April 30, 9:30 – 3:30 Presenters:  Rich Mironov (CMO, Enthiosys); Johnny Scarborough (VP Product Engineering, GlobalLogic); Damon Poole (CTO, AccuRev) and Bill Leech (agile practitioner, CNET). This one-day session included detailed presentations, interactive exercises and open discussion on: Agile development approaches including distributed agile methods, the history of agile, and agile manifesto A detailed walk-through of Scrum, one agile approach The organizational changes required for successful agile adoption: executive commitment, cross-functional teams, and coaching Hear first-hand from one of your peers about…

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Company-Wide Business Agility and the Soviets

Until recently, most of the discussion around Agile has been strictly limited to software development teams.  We focused on building and testing and shipping software more effectively, with PMs/POs managing backlogs and user stories.  As software companies mature in their adoption of agile, though, it’s becoming clear that agile uncovers inefficiencies throughout the company. It also creates opportunities for executives to drive improvement in market-facing groups such as Support, Marketing, Professional Services, and Channel Sales.

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Adding Outbound to Cross-Functional Teams

Lately, there’s been lots of discussion about whether Agile is strictly a software development methodology, without major impact on the outbound parts of a software company, or whether it’s driving broad changes in how companies deliver value to their markets.  At Enthiosys, we’re seeing the move to business agility: applying agile techniques beyond software development as a source of tangible company benefits.

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More Chefs and Agile Restauranteurs

As more of our clients have moved to agile software development, we’ve seen a growing need for business agility: getting non-engineering functions involved earlier and more collaboratively, so that companies deliver better revenue results as well as better software.  Let’s make this more concrete by mapping it to the restaurant business. Our first thoughts about restaurants are usually about the food.  It’s important to remember, though, that restaurants are businesses first-and-foremost: if they don’t make money, they close their doors.  A well-functioning restaurant profitably coordinates the chefs with its front-of-house staff and sales/marketing.  Translating this to the software world, agile software development teams (engineering, QA, tech docs, tech ops) are our chefs: creating the most visible part of what we…

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Product Companies Need Product Managers, not Product Owners (webinar)

A webinar hosted by Pragmatic Marketing What: “Product Companies need Product Managers, not Product Owners” Who: Rich Mironov, CMO, Enthiosys as part of a joint Pragmatic/Enthiosys webinar series on Agile Product Management When: Friday, October 24th, 2008 Product Managers are responsible for the overall market success of their products, not just delivery of software. In the Agile world, a new title is emerging—the Product Owner—which covers a small subset of the Product Management role. While this makes sense for internal IT groups that have traditionally gone without Product Management, Rich Mironov will talk about how Agile product companies (that need to deliver customer revenue with their offerings) need full-fledged Product Managers to drive strategic activities and manage organizational/external participation. What…

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P-Camp, the first Agile Unconference for Product Managers

Led by Rich Mironov, Enthiosys was thrilled to sponsoring P-CAMP, the first Agile Unconference for Product Managers and other product champions. We had more than 170 people joining us for this free Saturday event, and an additional 120 who responded but were not able to join us live.  That’s larger than the first Agile Development Conference!  (We know, because Luke helped organize that shindig.)  Participants proposed their own topics, ran discussions and panels, and networked with peers. This was so much fun that we’re already thinking about how to size this up for 2009. There is a full page of session notes and presentations on the BarCamp wiki. Among the talks and panels: * Nancy Frishberg (MSB) showed us how…

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