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Friday, June 24, 2016

Roman Pichler : Strategy and Product Ownership

Roman Pichler, one of the leading voices in Agile Product Ownership has released a new book, Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age. Roman's new book presents a number of tools and techniques Product Owners and Product Managers can use to gain a deeper understanding the product(s) they are developing in order to stock and maintain a better product backlog.

This was a special treat for me. I've been saving up questions for this interview for long time and Roman was kind enough to tolerate all of them.

Show Notes
  • Why the wrote Strategize 00:26
  • Adding Product Strategy to Agile Planning 2:46
  • Vision to Strategy to Roadmap 5:37
  • How to use the Go Product Roadmap to feed Release Planning 6:00
  • Who you need to create the Roadmap? 8:40
  • How Strategize should help Product Owners and Product Managers 10:30
  • Is the focus on Product Ownership increasing and maturing? 11:50
  • Explaining the difference between and Product Owner and a Product Manager? 15:20
  • The key elements of Product Strategy  19:20
  • Aligning products across the portfolio 21:24
  • Product Owner at the Portfolio level 23:00
  • How often should you update your Vision Board and Roadmap? 24:05
  • How important is it that Team Members know the Product Vision? 25:50
  • If there was one misunderstanding about Product Ownership that you could fix, what would it be? 27:54
  • How to get in touch with Roman 30:00
If you'd like to get in touch with Roman, you can reach him at http://www.romanpichler.com
If you'd like to pick up a copy of Strategize, you can find it here.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

IHG Product Ownership Outside of Software

In this LeadingAgile SoundNotes podcast IHG's Rebecca Williamson and LeadingAgile's Russ Pena talk about the role of Product Owner and how it has evolved through IHG's adoption of Agile on a project that has nothing to do with software... they are using it to redesign hotel rooms.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Howard Sublett : Creating and Supporting Community

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One of the most challenging issues faced by any organization is how to support and care for the individuals who work there. This challenge takes on a whole new level of complexity in the context of a consulting organization with staff who spend most of their time on the road away from their families and from one another. There is no specific formula for how to protect your most valuable resource (the people) from turning into burned out, disconnected road warriors who check out and eventually bail in search of something better.

In this interview, Howard Sublett, the Director of Community Development at Solutions IQ and Dave Prior discuss how Howard advocates in support of the people who are in the field and the importance of maintaining empathy for members of the community. Dave and Howard also talk about how Howard’s approach to life and work all focus around the idea of being of service to others and the importance of planning your life (and work) so that you are able to take advantage of the magic that interruptions provide.

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Show Notes:
  • How Howard describes what he does 0:38
  • You can’t create community in a vacuum 2:50
  • Where Howard’s empathy comes from 4:45
  • On the road 6:40
  • What you do is a very subtle thing 7:45
  • Planning for the disruption 9:20
  • Being open to disruption in all areas of your life 10:50
  • Taking the chance to build a deeper connection 12:06
  • The lens you see the world through 13:12
  • Learning to be more open? 14:10
  • Maintaining the Introvert/Extrovert balance in your organization 15:22
  • How to maintain the level of openness even when ti doesn’t always work 17:00
  • Journaling 18:45 Diving as a meditative practice 19:45
  • Getting in touch with Howard 21:26
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Monday, June 20, 2016


LeadingAgile's Dr. Dan Greening shares details on three key leading indicators you can track to get a better understanding of your portfolio health.

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