What if Product Management really went Agile?

What might we gain if we join our engineering counterparts in using Scrum, Lean, Kanban, and other Agile practices on our own work?  Agile proponents tell us that we’ll improve productivity, competitiveness, quality, and job satisfaction by going Agile.  Isn’t that what all of us… Continue reading

Four Complaints About Product Management – and what to do about them

Every product manager and product owner I know is smart, hard-working, and dedicated to their organization’s success.  Why, then, do developers AND business stakeholders still complain that Product Management is ineffective? As a trainer of these roles and a product manager myself, I am genuinely… Continue reading

Can collaboration be bad for your organization?

Collaboration with our colleagues at work is a good thing, right?  As product managers, we facilitate collaboration across the entire organization to create successful products.  In Agile environments, collaboration across developers, designers, and testers is the norm.   A client who adopted true cross-functional teams… Continue reading

Agile Scaling Frameworks: Where is the Product Manager?

Most of these blog posts speak directly to Product Management concerns.  Today I want to talk to Engineering leadership too.  As you evaluate your options for scaling (SAFe, Nexus, DAD, Less, etc) please note:  you can’t scale Agile without someone in the Product Management role. Full… Continue reading

Where do SAFe® Program Portfolios Come From?

The Program Portfolio layer in Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) seems to be a puzzle for many software organizations as they implement SAFe: how to evolve their existing project-oriented planning function, or (in the worst case) replace a HIPPO (Highest Paid Person’s Opinion) process with something more rational. Let’s… Continue reading

2016 Best Books for Product Management

Here is our list of recommended reading and references for Product Managers and Product Marketers, updated for 2016! You might notice that there aren’t very many books on the list that address Product Management and Product Marketing directly.  We believe that Product Managers and Product… Continue reading

Six Signs Your Agile Teams Need Better Product Management

Kudos to all the software development groups out there that have adopted Agile methods with some degree of success!  However, it’s not all sunshine and kittens yet.  Here are some of the complaints that I hear when I work with Agile Teams or attend conferences:… Continue reading

Portfolio Management: Playing to win with continuous planning

Authors’ note:  This is the second part of a series on Portfolio Management for software, co-written by Bruce Winegarden and Linda Merrick.  In our prior blog post we suggested some fundamental concepts on how to change the game to focus on winning performance for a whole portfolio,… Continue reading

Portfolio Management: Changing the Game for Software Projects and Products

Focus on winning as a whole Authors’ note:  This is the first part of a three-part series on Portfolio Management for software, co-written by Bruce Winegarden and Linda Merrick. In this first post, we’ll discuss the different perspectives that inform how projects and products are… Continue reading

Easy Classification of Business Value for Portfolio Management

Whether you’re a Product Owner in an IT organization or a Product Manager in an ISV organization, you’re competing for scarce resources.  If you can’t quickly communicate the value of the work you’re proposing, you may lose out!  But if you can, you’ll stay in the… Continue reading