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How to decide what product to build

How to decide what product to build | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"Techniques for defining a product and building and managing a team."

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Drawing on techniques used by Amazon, Apple, Intercom, Scott Hurff provides a comprehensive overview of the key tools and elements that will help you define a product, and build and manage a team that delivers great value to the organization.

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When OKRs Become MBOs and Accountability, Part 1

When OKRs Become MBOs and Accountability, Part 1 | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) provide us a way to create feedback loops on corporate objectives and how well we meet those objectives. If we don’t meet our OKRs, we learn from these feedback loops. We can decide what to do the next time."

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The way your define objectives can have a major impact on how well the organization's ongoing work aligns with corporate strategy. In this article, Johanna Rothman explains how OKRs (Objective and Key Results) differ from other types of objectives, and why they are more effective to focus teams on delivering value for the whole company.

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The rocket scientists mixing up a giant firework

The rocket scientists mixing up a giant firework | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"In a remote corner of tropical South American jungle, French scientists are mixing a ‘cake’ with a difference – a highly explosive rocket fuel for a new breed of space rockets."

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Departing slightly from our usual recommendations, a look at some of the cool stuff our customers make - in this instance, the solid fuel rockets that power the Ariane launcher.

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The Memo Culture

"I have been leading technical teams for many years now, and something that I have learned to appreciate is the importance of… writing documents. Yes, you heard me right. [...] I now believe that having the right documentation is precisely one of the best tools to be agile and move fast."

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Reading through articles and how-tos about Agile, you would think that written documentation was a relic of the past. But, as Xavier Amatriain explains in this article, it could well be the tool that will help you cut through the nonesense and boost the overall efficiency of your team and your processes. 

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Agility: Knowledge Generation and Beauty

Agility: Knowledge Generation and Beauty | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it
Agile transformations might struggle, but society at large is gaining agility in a multi-decade process driven by knowledge generation and attraction to beauty.
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For the last article in this weeks batch, a rather unusual recommendation but one that we hope will make you think about the larger role of Agile transformation.

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Tools to Help Product Managers Think Strategically and Commercially: State of Product Meeting

Tools to Help Product Managers Think Strategically and Commercially: State of Product Meeting | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"This meeting is an exercise in strategy, an opportunity to take stock of where your product is, where it fits within the wider market, and where it should go. It’s a trigger to switch away from short term, firefighting, inward-focused thinking to long-term strategic planning. It also stretches product managers to consider their impact on the wider business, by asking them to review their products margins and revenue generating impact. It’s the hardest presentation I’ve ever worked on."

Planisware's insight:

The second of a two-part series, Susana Lopes introduces the State of Product Meeting which defines and communicates the strategy for the next 12 months with the aim of securing additional resources (or reducing them). While the exercise might seem daunting, it's easy to see how just working through the steps can significantly help product managers think in more strategic (and real-life commercial) terms.

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Why Managers Believe Multitasking Works: Long Decision Wait Times

Why Managers Believe Multitasking Works: Long Decision Wait Times | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"When I teach any sort of product/project/portfolio management, I ask, “Who believes multitasking works?” Always, at least several managers raise their hands. They believe multitasking works because they multitask all the time. Why? Because the managers have short work-time and long decision-wait time."

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A simple straightforward look at why managers and team members have different perspectives about the impact of multitasking on a team's productivity.

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What Colocated Teams Can Learn From Remote Teams

"I set out on a research project to gather tips, tricks, and best practices for being on a distributed team. I was particularly interested in how remote folks collaborated and made decisions asynchronously while maintaining a sense of team culture and connectedness. [...] What I found, perhaps unsurprisingly, is that the best practices of distributed teams are beneficial to all teams, distributed or otherwise."

Planisware's insight:

Don't wait until you are forced to manage a distributed team to adopt their best practices!

As uncovered by Noelle D's research project, healthy distributed teams attribute their success to three key aspects: 1) The shift from a spoken to written culture; 2) Empathy for each others’ needs; 3) Making concerted efforts to stay connected with one another.

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Managing and Developing Product Managers

"When you start managing PMs for the first time, you are forced up a steeper managerial learning curve than in other functions. This is because the average PM you may manage is already quite experienced, due to the fact that PMs typically start the role after success in other disciplines or entrepreneurship. That’s in contrast to disciplines like engineering or design, where initial management responsibilities start much earlier in a career due to the more established entry pipeline from schools."

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To manage Product Managers effectively requires both excellent general management skills, and a distinct set of tools to handle the specificities of PMs. This comprehensive article offers a mental model for thinking about the management of PMs, together with pointers on how to assess and develop your PMs. A valuable read for anyone who has Product Managers as direct reports.

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Tools to Help Product Managers Think Strategically and Commercially

Tools to Help Product Managers Think Strategically and Commercially | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

 

"Kevin Trilli joined Onfido as our chief product officer last year and brought with him some great experience, tools, and techniques. His methods have got us much more in tune commercially, and thinking strategically. It’s made me want to share how we work, so others can try it too and let us know how they’ve improved some of these methods."

Planisware's insight:

In this first of a two part series, Susana Lopes presents two tools to help communicate about products across functions and limit the creation of silos: the Positioning Document and Line of Business meetings. A reminder that sometimes, the most effective tools are simple and straightforward.

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This Deck of Cards Will Change the Way You Work

"How does a data designer critique a teammate’s copywriting? How does a graphic designer articulate her intuition about business design? How does a multidisciplinary team find a universal language to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of a proposed solution?

These questions sent me and a few coworkers off on a assignment. We set out to create a shared vocabulary for critique that would be broad enough to serve the challenges of today."

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This time, something a little different from the international design company Ideo: a deck of seven cards that crystallise seven key aspects of design work to help multi-disciplinary teams (some members of which may not have a design background) offer actionable feedback about any work that includes an element of design.

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If Strategy Is So Important, Why Don’t We Make Time for It?

If Strategy Is So Important, Why Don’t We Make Time for It? | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"Given these pressures — both internal and external — that push us toward rote busyness and away from strategic thinking, here are three ways individual leaders can fight back and create the white space they need."

Planisware's insight:

There is a lot of talk about the importance of strategy and making time for thinking about it, but few of us actually make time for it. This article reminds us that strategic thinking doesn't require a lot of time or energy, but it does require mental availability.

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Leading the Agile Culture Change

Leading the Agile Culture Change | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"If you also need to change your management’s mindset or the culture to a more agile culture, consider helping people understand the idea of flow efficiency. And, consider which measurements you might want to show so that they understand how agile approaches can help the organization.

When people start to change their questions and measurements, they often change their culture."

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Using the classic case of an Agile team leader faced with a department reorganization that goes against Agile principles, Carol Brands demonstrates how teaching managers about the underlying principles of Agile and Lean can help bring them over to an Agile mindset.

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Using MaxDiff analysis to prioritize items on your product roadmap

"The question of which features to prioritize has puzzled product leaders for a long time, and many of us take the easy way out by prioritizing features that we think are going to have the biggest impact for our customers.

But making these decisions on intuition alone is a huge disservice to the customer development work you did leading up to adding the feature to your roadmap. There’s a much better way to quantify which items on your roadmap to prioritize, and it’s called MaxDiff."

Planisware's insight:

If you've got a direct channel to your users, then this technique might be for you. By asking users to pick the most and least important among a set of upcoming features, then analysing the gap between the two, it helps get a clearer view of the relative appetite of your users for your new updates, and thus prioritize your product roadmap.

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How To Create A Meeting Agenda That Actually Works [Infographic]

How To Create A Meeting Agenda That Actually Works [Infographic] | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"Meetings are a great opportunity for teams to work together on problems and processes. But too often poor planning leads to irrelevant discussions, bad timekeeping and distraction."

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Because sometimes you need a little reminder about the ways you can make meetings more effective...

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Impacts of traditional project funding models on agile delivery

Impacts of traditional project funding models on agile delivery | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"The challenge with all of these funding approaches is that they are based on an estimated cost of a project rather than the funding we wish to allocate to a product, capability or service.

So what challenges arise from a project-centric funding model?

It can result in higher risk, premature financial commitments."

Planisware's insight:

When talking to people who have experienced and Agile transformation, one of the key point that arises is the need for alignment between project management methods and project funding processes. This article explains why having the Finance department on board can make a significant different in the success of Agile methods.

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Innovation: Skillset vs. Mindset

Innovation: Skillset vs. Mindset | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"If there's one thing I've learned these past 28 years of working as an innovation provocateur, it's this: mindset -- not skillset -- is the name of the game in business these days.

When a person's mindset (i.e. receptivity, curiosity, adaptability, enthusiasm, focus) is in the right place, skillset becomes secondary."

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An apt reminder that skills without attitude are virtually useless, especially when it comes to something as elusive as innovation.

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INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"The term INVEST is an acronym for good User Stories Independent (of all others) [...] But for any Enterprise systems I've ever worked going on 40 years, the notion of Independent needs careful consideration. Independent of what? Independent of all other User Stories? That would mine all the User Stories are standalone pieces of software. [...] This makes no sense for any development project beyond a de minimis project."

Planisware's insight:

The principles used to craft good user stories for standard projects cannot (somewhat predictably) be applied as is for complex enterprise projects. In this article, Glen Alleman digs into the "I" of the INVEST acronym, and how it applies (or rather doesn't apply) to enterprise systems.

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Defining Roles and Responsibilities in Project Management

Defining Roles and Responsibilities in Project Management | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it
Problems on projects can be the result of ill-defined roles and responsibilities, which can lead to hostility when more than one person believes they have control.
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A concise reminder of the key roles and responsibilities involved in a project.

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An HR Playbook for a Successful SAFe Implementation

An HR Playbook for a Successful SAFe Implementation | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"In any change program, especially one this extensive, the enterprises Human Resources organization has a significant role to play in enabling successful navigation of this journey. [...] The question is, what role do they play in such a transformation, and how do they play it?"

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The Human Resource aspect of change is an oft neglected of major process transformations. This article follows the SAFe Roadmap as basis to show, step by step, how HR professionals can participate and help lead a SAFe implementation initiative.

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Have we learned anything?

"In a recent role, I had the opportunity to review the lessons submitted by teams running large, complex projects and programs and found that over 90% of what was being captured and shared was of low or no value."

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Whilst the importance of capturing lessons learned from past projects is now widely discussed and accepted, how we capture these lessons, what to capture, and what to do with them are question that receive a lot less attention. This article seeks to correct that, and details some "lessons-learned on the lessons-learned" that can benefit almost any company.

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The Truth About Transformations

The Truth About Transformations | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"Transformations are flavor of the month. It is no longer enough to launch “initiatives,” “programs” or “projects” to undertake work. Instead, we launch agile transformations, digital transformations and productization transformations. [...] However, what really happens? Can the average organization actually become a disruptive leader just by adopting the structures, tools and processes from the real disruptive leaders?"

Planisware's insight:

Companies often expect miracles out of their major process initiatives, and the results predictably fall short. To avoid disappoints, it is essential to look at what these transformations can and cannot do -- which is what Mike Griffiths does in this article for today's most often cited types of "transformation".

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Become a More Productive Learner

Become a More Productive Learner | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"We’re consuming more information but not learning more. In short, we have become less productive learners.

But by applying an intentional approach to consuming information and best practices of how we learn, we can reverse this trend toward unproductive learning. "

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"Today we consume five times more information every day than we did in 1986, an incredible amount that’s equivalent to a 174 newspapers…a day." and yet "working professionals apply only about 15% of what they learn in many corporate training and development programs in many cases."

In this article, Matt Plummer proposes four ways in which we can become more intentional learners, and improve the use we get out of our access to today's remarkable volume and depth of information.

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How to Make Sure Good Ideas Don’t Get Lost in the Shuffle

How to Make Sure Good Ideas Don’t Get Lost in the Shuffle | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"Encouraging creativity can backfire if employees lack the resources, support, or mechanisms to develop and implement their ideas. Indeed, when managers urge employees to invest extra effort in creativity, but then reject their ideas (often because they are single-mindedly focused on productivity and efficiency), employees become frustrated and their creativity wanes over time. As a result, innovation can stall."

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An example of how a holistic approach to overcoming the obstacles to idea generation and implementation over a longer period of time can turn a company's ideation process (in this case El-Op, a division of Elbit ISTAR, a defence electronics company) into a powerhouse of new ideas, improving the overall efficiency and saving the company millions of dollars.

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Self-Organizing Agile Teams Don’t Just Happen by Chance

Self-Organizing Agile Teams Don’t Just Happen by Chance | Project Portfolio Perspectives | Scoop.it

"An agile team should not be a random collection of people. In fact, those in the organization responsible for initiating a Scrum project should expend a lot of effort in selecting the individuals who will comprise the team."

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From the earliest days of agile and scrum, building the team has been a key management decision. To build strong agile teams, it is worth paying attention to five important factors, including interdisciplinarity, skill levels, domain knowledge, diversity and ability to keep the team together over longer periods of time. This article also explains how to tackle some of the main impediments the self-organization of agile teams.

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