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Sprint 0 Playbook for Agile Product Owners: Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of the 10-day playbook series for Product Owners in Sprint 0. Please read days 1 and 2 if you haven’t already (which focus on business problems, objectives, stakeholder identification and personas). Today, we will start drafting high-level future state models and eliciting the epics and features …

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Agile User Stories – A Promise for a Conversation

One thing I like most about being a Product Owner is that I get to engage with many different types of people on a day-to-day basis. As a Product Owner who is part of a Scrum team, I especially enjoy building relationships with the rest of my team members. As …

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Common Issues in Agile Delivery

As more of our customers are transitioning to agile and we work on more agile projects, we’ve identified a set of common issues that can hinder a team’s ability to deliver value with the agile cadence. These issues are focused on agile delivery and less on issues with agile transformation …

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Agile is a Cultural Revolution

Agile is often spoken of a development methodology along the lines of “Agile is a development methodology; other common development methodologies are Waterfall, Iterative, etc.”  This is akin to saying something like “Weightlifting is a means of keeping fit; other common techniques to stay fit are aerobics, swimming, running, walking, …

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Welcoming Changing Requirements

The Agile Manifesto is based on twelve principles (I’ve highlighted a couple – 2 and 12 – that are of the most interest for this post): Customer satisfaction by rapid delivery of useful software Welcome changing requirements, even late in development Working software is delivered frequently (weeks rather than months) …

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Shovel Ready Requirements

I’ve seen a number of projects that follow a path something like this — gather requirements (there are a bunch of steps in here), do some pruning, flesh out requirements, do some more pruning, mark the requirements importance in some fashion (such as low/medium/high), get the document approved, and say …

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Getting to a Scrum Virtuous Cycle

I’ve been fortunate to have been involved in Agile and Scrum with a variety of teams in several different companies.  It’s been interesting to see how Agile is adapted to the particular nature of a given organization – I don’t know of any place where “pure” Scrum is practiced, though …

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