Choosing a Great Product Owner – the Custodian of Customer Value

Often when we introduce Agile methodologies to a client, we are asked to recommend someone from the business to be a Product Owner. The Product Owner's role is crucial to the success of any Agile effort – after all, it’s the Product Owner who champions, owns, and maintains the Product ...

When not to go Agile

Agile methodologies are not a silver bullet. While we champion Agile as a methodology that consistently provides results, by no means do we claim that Agile works for every organization and every situation. Agile may not be the way to go if: •The organizational culture is not conducive to change. If the ...

Use Cases vs.User Stories

March 16, 2011 Agile Project Management Comments Off

Most of us have worked with Use Cases since they were introduced by Ivar Jacobson in the early 90’s and which became a core part of RUP (Rational Unified Process). These days, on Agile Projects, we work with User Stories rather than Use Cases. Use Cases differ from ...

Speedbumps on the Agile Road

I love working on projects that use Agile methods. As a Project Manager, I appreciate the fact that my risk is limited to a Sprint’s worth of work and that I will be showing the customer valuable functionality every 2 or 3 weeks. While I have managed a variety of ...

Unlikely Project Management Inspiration

When I look for inspiration on ways to do my job better, I find them in the unlikeliest of places. While we’re pretty familiar with standard Project management methodology guides like the PMBOK  and Prince2, sometimes project management lessons can be found when and where you least expect them … ...

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