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Practical Fibonacci: The Journey to Predictability-Part II

by Julee Everett Agile transformations, in particular, Scrum, often tout “predictability” as a benefit. This concept is a critical component of success, and I find we don’t spend enough time at the beginning on how to achieve predictable delivery. It mostly comes through practice, but some organizations quit before they achieve success and then blame…

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Practical Fibonacci: A Beginner’s Guide to Relative Sizing-Part I

Overview of Agile Estimating Absolute vs. Relative Sizing When more is known than unknown, use absolute estimating. A traditional or Waterfall software development lifecycle includes a long and detailed planning period to define requirements before beginning development. Absolute estimating is the practice of applying an hourly, finite estimate to each requirement. Absolute estimating may seem…

Agile Product Consulting Toolkit

Agile Product Consulting Toolkit 5 Key Areas to Excel as a Product Consultant or Product Coach There is a new acronym trending: VUCA. It stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. VUCA perfectly describes our world, accelerated by the pandemic and a low-touch digital economy. The good news is, there is an answer. The antidote…

Agile 2021: Negotiation Techniques for Stakeholder Management

We had a great time presenting at Agile 2021! Unfortunately, the workshops at the conference are not recorded. So we decided to make them available via other channels. For the materials, the best is to visit the original Medium blog, which has links to the long negotiation recording, a worksheet to download to practice while…

Label: Workaholic

Recharge. Restore. Relax. Labels are shortcuts. Don’t let them stick. Workaholic. I’ve thought about that word for a few days – since someone threw that label at me. I need time to form my answers when I am caught off guard and I felt un-prepared to respond. But now I am. This is what I…

Imposter Syndrome.

Let self-doubt be swept away Imposter Syndrome. We used to call it inferiority complex. There’s been a lot written about it in the last few years. It resonates with many, myself included. At a conference I attended, a speaker asked people in the audience to stand up if they had imposter syndrome. Most of the…

Making Change

Image by Author Change. In my line of work we spend a lot of time talking about change. Welcoming change, what to change, resistance to change, fear of change. Change your organization structure. Change your execution. Change your working patterns. It’s exhausting. There’s that funny thing in the mix: people. We can’t control people. And…

3 Steps to Grow Your Product Mindset

To read the previous post on 4 Principles to Grow Your Product Mindset, click here. “Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customer.”~Seth Godin There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about…

The Product Mindset Manifesto

Or… the 4 Principles to Grow Your Product Mindset One day we had full schools, workplaces, gyms, and spas. The next, we were all at home. With COVID-19, our world changed overnight. With “The Great Pause,” came “Stay at Home.” As the novel coronavirus escalated, another dilemma erupted that many anticipated but hoped would not…