Dave West

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True North: Managing Long-Term Roadmap Needs with Agility
Dec 13, 2016 - By Dave West Everyone wants to see the product roadmap. Sales wants to use it to drive bigger deals, engineering wants to know what is coming next to make technology decisions and other teams want to feel like they are part of a long-term strategy that will take the organization to the next level. But, the market is fickle, with an ever-changing set of priorities and needs. So, how do you reconcile the needs of projecting a long-term product plan with the reality of a constantly changing market, especially when you use an agile approach like scrum? Agile Loves Roadmaps and Plans First, let’s dispel a myth. Agile and scrum don’t discourage the creation of a product roadmap. In fact, scrum teams plan frequently. To quote the agile guru Mary Poppendieck: “Agile hates plans, but loves planning.” In short, with agile teams there is both the need for frequent planning and the challenge of keeping a plan up to date. But many scrum teams want to start a sprint before they have a clear vision for the product. Or worse, if there is a clear vision they ignore it and focus on what they think is best. Having a vision […]
Dec 13, 2016 - By Dave West Everyone wants to see the product roadmap. Sales wants to use it to drive bigger deals, engineering wants to know what is coming next to make technology decisions and other teams want to feel like they are part of a long-term strategy that will take the organization to the next level. But, the market is fickle, with an ever-changing set of priorities and needs. So, how do you reconcile the needs of projecting a long-term product plan with the reality of a constantly changing market, especially when you use an agile approach like scrum? Agile Loves Roadmaps and Plans First, let’s dispel a myth. Agile and scrum don’t discourage the creation of a product roadmap. In fact, scrum teams plan frequently. To quote the agile guru Mary Poppendieck: “Agile hates plans, but loves planning.” In short, with agile teams there is both the need for frequent planning and the challenge of keeping a plan up to date. But many scrum teams want to start a sprint before they have a clear vision for the product. Or worse, if there is a clear vision they ignore it and focus on what they think is best. Having a vision […]
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How to Scale Agile: Simple Ideas for a Complex Problem
Feb 28, 2018 - Most organizations want to improve their agility to be more responsive to customer and market changes. They want  to  build  on ...
Feb 28, 2018 - Most organizations want to improve their agility to be more responsive to customer and market changes. They want  to  build  on ...