Product Management

Using a Hero’s Journey to Create an Inspiring Vision

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About a year ago, I was at the St. Louis airport waiting out a summer weather flight delay. As one might do in these scenarios, I went on a quest to find some easy reading that peaked my interests. I stumbled upon a relatively new book called Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller. I

10 Ideas to Make Backlog Refinement Rock

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Backlog Refinement

Before we go through the ten ideas, it’s important to take note of two really important things — backlog refinement is a team sport and backlog refinement is continuous — not just one session every couple weeks. So although most of the ideas are focused on the backlog refinement session, the intent is to introduce

10 Causes of Chaos in Agile Software Development

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“Everything is so chaotic” “Seems like we are constantly in a state of chaos.” “Is agile always crazy and chaotic?” Chaos is a word I hear a lot lately while working with software development teams that are either initially adopting agile software development or possibly undergoing a Lean/Agile reshaping to improve their existing agile approaches.

Best Day Ever

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My dog Mocha has a great tail — her fur is fawn colored and her tail has a white tip. My wife and I call Mocha’s tail the Happiness Meter. You see, you can tell how Mocha feels based on what her tail is doing. She has multiple wagging patterns: Every morning, when I wake

Why I Love the Boards We Use In Agile Software Development

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I know this is going to sound weird, but I have an affinity for the boards we use in Agile Software Development (or Agile Project Management). I’m using the generic term board, but you may refer to them as Storyboards, Taskboards, Testing boards, kanban boards, or simply job boards. If I get into the way-back

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