July 5, 2016

Why is it so hard to do the right amount of refinement?

Why is it so hard to do the right amount of refinement? Teams don’t do enough product backlog refinement. Yes, it’s a sweeping statement and yes there are teams where this isn’t true but for the most part I feel it’s a common problem for new and existing teams. All the coaching for Scrum talks…

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June 28, 2016

Issues with implementing Test Driven Development

Issues with implementing Test Driven Development    Overview An aspect of Agile is fast feedback. Test Driven Development (TDD) provides fast feedback to developers of errors in their code and is recognised as good practice by many people in the agile community. So why do so few developers practice it? This blog looks at the…

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February 20, 2016

Project versus Product and Product Owner versus Project Manager

Project versus Product and Product Owner versus Project Manager I have done a small amount of research on this topic and was surprised to find there is not a lot of useful content explaining the difference between the Project and Product and the resulting roles. So I’ve thrown this post together which are my thoughts…

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January 12, 2016

Guerilla Competitor Analysis

Who’s the competition, and how good are their products? Everybody needs to know that. But how do you do it from a Product Owner perspective? The Product Management community have their own ideas about this, but we’re not going to recycle that knowledge here. Instead, we’ll look at a guerilla style of doing it that’s…

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September 29, 2015

A Day in the Life of a User Story

[process, story, done, bugs, improvements, product demo] ‘A user story is a planning unit, it is not a ‘requirement’. A user story has a life of its own. It starts as a twinkle in a PO’s eye, and ultimately it may be deployed in code. A lot can happen from start to finish. This article…

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June 18, 2015

The most important tool for a Product Owner.

Product Ownership is a tough life. If the development team aren’t moaning about quality, the clients are pushing for more work in less time and trying to fit just that one more extra story in at the last moment. You have to have two heads on. One head firmly set on the horizon, seemly peering…

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June 5, 2015

Where are you Mr(s) Product Owner?

An engaged Product Owner is essential to success in any Agile methodology or process. If the PO is on a remote site, or simply too busy, this can cause problems for the team. The solution is to have a co-located full time PO dedicated to the true product. This may be more than one team,…

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July 2, 2014

The Product Owner

The Product Owner’s role is defined as part of the Scrum methodology. It is one of the three roles defined in Scrum. The Product Owner is responsible for what features are in the product, what order the features get developed and it is the Product Owner’s responsibility to accept or reject the feature based on…

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June 10, 2014

Scrum – An overview

Scrum – An Overview Scrum is an implementation of a development process based upon the concepts in the Agile manifesto and the Agile principles. Scrum’s purpose is to provide a framework within which it is possible to plan, design, build and deploy complex working software that is fit for purpose, in priority order first. The…

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