Category: Scaled Agile Framework

Poll: who leads product management process improvement?

Agile is now a fact of life in most software engineering organizations.  Now the Agile consultants want to spread agility into the business, and some believe that product management is the beach-head.  Since product management is the core value-producing process in most companies and product… Continue reading

Cross-Functional Product Management Teams

This is the second in a series of posts exploring the ways that Agile practices can be applied to product management work.  You can see the first post in the series here. We know cross-functional teams work! We all understand that product management is inherently… 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