Agile Product Manager/Product Owner Dilemma

Thoughts on how software product management overlaps, but is not identical with, agile product owner.

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Webcast with John Peltier

John Peltier is a seasoned product manager out of Atlanta, and does a periodic  webcast with guest product folks posted on his Product Owner Vision blog.  He generously included me in an interview posted on12 December.  We recorded a half hour discussion covering: How Product Camps can increase awareness among senior and executive level product management How product managers can help engineering organizations to understand what product managers do outside of engineering to help ensure the success of a product Options for a product manager to advance in the field Listen to the entire session here.

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How Agile Changes (and Doesn’t Change) What Product Managers Do

Rich Mironov led a November 18th session on agile product management for the Norcal BMA. What: “How Agile Changes (and Doesn’t Change) What Product Managers Do” Who: Norcal BMA (Northern California Business Marketing Association) When: Nov 18th, 830AM – 10AM Where: Scott’s Seafood, Palo Alto CA

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A Journey of 1000 Miles is Still 1000 Miles Long

Planning to improve is good, but actually improving is better. Your backlog still needs to be cleared up one item at a time, however.

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Reducing Risk Through Agile Product Planning (webinar)

What: “Reducing Risk through Agile Product Planning” webinar When:  June 2nd, 2010 Speaker: Rich Mironov, Principal, Mironov Consulting Replay the webinar here This webinar was part of Accept’s Agile Management Series, which also included speakers from Forrester and PRTM. Agile development teams focus on delivering products faster and with higher quality, reducing the risk of being “late to market.”  But product managers also worry about business risks including: building the wrong product, missing profitable segments, and constant roadmap changes.  How can we apply agile product planning to reduce our overall business risk? Reducing Risk through Agile Product Planning from Rich Mironov

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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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Review: “Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams”

Short review of Mario Moriera’s new book, “Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams.”  Mario structures a strong case that good Configuration Management (CM) is a strong enabler and requirement for highly productive Agile development teams.  In particular, he counters the oft-repeated (but untrue) assertion that Agile teams don’t need process, structure, tools or architecture to succeed.  To the contrary, thoughtful and planful application of CM principles is important to professional Agile software teams.

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Agile Product Manager Dilemma

Rich Mironov presented a talk on “The Agile Product Manager/Product Owner Dilemma” at PMEC in San Jose.  This generated some lively discussion about how Product Management is different in agile organizations (especially Scrum teams) and the challenges of Product Owners who lack Product Management support or experience. What: “The Agile Product Manager/Product Owner Dilemma” Part of: PMEC 2009, AIPMM’s Product Management Education Conference When: Tues, Nov 17th at 11:00 AM as part of a two-day event Where: The Fairmont San Jose, 170 South Market Street, San Jose, CA, www.aipmm.com Rich has championed discussions within the Agile community about the need for product strategy and business-level planning – and how it needs to wrap around the software development process.  He is…

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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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