3 Ways to Apply Lean Product Management Right Away

280 Group

280 Group CEO and Founder, Brian Lawley, is once again joined by the prominent author, consultant and trainer, Greg Cohen. Greg works for 280 Group and has authored best-selling books such as Agile Excellence for Product Managers, Lean Product Management, and Strategy Excellence for Product Managers. Today Greg will share three ways that Product Managers can apply Lean methodologies in their day to day work. Watch The Video Three things you can do right out of the gate are increase.[continue

How Little Can You Do (& Still be Effective)

Johanna Rothman

Back in Manage It!, I suggested that for requirements, the questions should be, “How little can we do?” ” and still have a great product. My argument was this: the longer the project (regardless of approach), the more risk there is. Can you reduce risk by reducing the requirements? That would allow you to release earlier with less risk. Not to release a bad product. No, to release a smaller product.


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Coaching Tools

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Recently we attended the SUGSA Coaching Day where we presented a session on Coaching Tools. In preparation for this we did a silent brainstorm. When we say ‘tools’ we mean anything that can help you be a better coach. We quickly came up with 33 tools that we think help us be better coaches. We ran the session as an informal sit in a circle and pick a card, then we explained the card and for topics some ran a quick activity for participants to practice.

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Skill Acquisition vs. Talent Acquisition | Simplilearn webinar starts on 04-11-2017 10:00


Talent acquisition -- that is, hiring new people -- is a challenging way to get these new skills. Recruiting is expensive and takes a long time, and even when you do find a candidate, you can’t be sure if they’ll fit in your culture and stay.

Building the Foundations of the Future: Digital Construction in 2022 and Beyond

FlowForma surveyed 100+ construction executives. This eBook details their opinions and delves into their drivers for workflow and process automation, reliance on manual processes, digital capabilities and goals for process automation, and digital transformation initiatives in 2022 and beyond.

Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders and Team Members

Roman Pichler

It’s a Common Challenge. You just can’t make up your mind. I really wish that for once, you gave us clear priorities,” Jane said accusingly at the end of the workshop and walked out of the room. [1] 1] It felt like a slap in the face, an unprovoked attack. How could she say something so wrong? Does this story sound familiar?

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Business Agility over “Doing or Being Agile”

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The Best Books to Learn Business Analysis and Project Management From Home

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Drive in the Express Lane to Product Growth

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New Book: Big Data, Big Dupe

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I’ve written a new book, titled Big Data, Big Dupe , which will be published on February 1, 2018. As the title suggests, it is an exposé on Big Data—one that is long overdue. To give you an idea of the content, here’s the text that will appear on the book’s back cover: Big Data, Big Dupe is a little book about a big bunch of nonsense. The story of David and Goliath inspires us to hope that something little, when armed with truth, can topple something big that is a lie. This is the author’s hope.

Women in Product Management: Diana Benli, VP Product Management at Cognizant

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For our third installment of the Women in Product Management Series I interviewed Diana Benli, VP Government Programs Product Management at Cognizant in the TriZetto Healthcare Products Group. To read the entire series on Women in Product Management make sure to sign up for our newsletter. Imagine being the product manager for a product that is dependent on the ever-changing landscape of healthcare regulations and reform. What would your roadmap look like? That was just one of topics I discussed.[continue

Alternatives for Agile and Lean Roadmapping: Part 1, Think in Feature Sets

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Many teams and organizations try to create one-quarter roadmaps. Here are the problems I see: Teams spend a ton of time estimating what they might do and then they select what will fit into a quarter. They feel or are asked to commit to all that work. The product managers and project portfolio managers depend on the team finishing everything the team commits to. Too often, they use the team’s commitments to create external dates.

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Agile Coach Assessment

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This assessment is for you to take to see where you are on your journey to becoming an agile coach. Everyone is in a different place. We believe you are the best person to judge where you are right now, and where you want to be in a certain amount of time. About The Assessment. We have broken the large topic of being an Agile Coach into 5 main areas. Each of these areas are split into 3 sub-areas which can contain a number of related topics.

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Feedback Management: A PM's Key for Continuous and Impactful Product Growth

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Join Hannah Chaplin and Steve Cheshire as they discuss how you can utilize customer feedback to help your business stay competitive in an increasingly challenging global market.

Expert Webinar: Agile: 7 Things You Need to Get Right | Simplilearn webinar starts on 04-11-2017 23:30


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Product Manager vs. Product Owner

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As you may know, the product owner originated from Scrum, where the role is responsible for maximising the value the product creates. This sounds like a text-book product management responsibility to me. Nevertheless, the product owner is often regarded as a tactical role focused on managing the product backlog, detailing requirements, and interacting with the development team. How come?

Social BI Inspires Data Popularity

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Utilizing UX and SEO for Better Marketing Results


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Power of the Platform: A PM's Path to a Winning Product Experience

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Do We Need ‘Agile’ Leadership?

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Yesterday Adriana Girdler and I presented Timeless Leadership at the Toronto Agile Tour. Our intent was to show that everything we need to know about leadership has already been invented, we just need to stop and look around once in a while instead of jumping on the next agile fad. Does anyone remember when Agile Readiness Assessments were all the rage in 2008/2009? Then we realized change readiness assessments have existed for decades and we moved on.

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Spotfire Tips & Tricks: Hierarchical Cluster Analysis


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Blog: AgilePM: The World’s Most Popular Framework and Certification for Agile Project Management

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According to APMG International, the leading global accreditation and examination institute, AgilePM® has become the world’s leading framework and certification for agile project management. As of 2017, over 52,000 exams have been taken globally since its introduction only six years ago in 2011. Most prevalent in the UK, where it was originated, it is also widespread in over 40 countries including Australia, France, Netherlands, Poland, and South Africa.

108 Business Analysis Techniques

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New Product Management For Dummies Book Now Available

280 Group

Our New Product Management For Dummies Book is Now Officially Available We are proud to announce the release of the brand new Product Management For Dummies book, written by Brian Lawley and Pamela Schure of the 280 Group. The definitive guide to Product Management and a must-read for any and all Product Managers. A uniquely comprehensive resource, this book is approachable for new PMs while still providing great value for Product Managers of any experience level. The Product Management For.[continue

Agile Approaches Require Management Cultural Change

Johanna Rothman

Ron Jeffries, Matt Barcomb, and several other people wrote an interesting thread about prescriptive and non-prescriptive approaches to team-based agile. The issues are nuanced and for me , don’t lend themselves to a Twitter discussion. Learning how to write short and coherently is a different post.). If you don’t want to read the entire thread, here is a summary: People often need help with their agile approach. Some people start with Scrum in its entirety.

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Coaching Tools

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Recently we attended the SUGSA Coaching Day where we presented a session on Coaching Tools. In preparation for this we did a silent brainstorm. When we say ‘tools’ we mean anything that can help you be a better coach. We quickly came up with 33 tools that we think help us be better coaches. We ran the session as an informal sit in a circle and pick a card, then we explained the card and for topics some ran a quick activity for participants to practice.

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Expert Webinar: How to Improve Your Employee Training Completion Rates | Simplilearn webinar starts on 03-11-2017 23:30


When you invest so much money in Learning & Development, how do you ensure your employees actually finish the training? Research has shown completion rates for some online courses to be as low as 4 percent! In this webinar, you’ll learn proven methods that achieve an average of 72% success in completion and certification. Robert Lazers, Read More


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