Month: June 2017

Product Management

Stakeholders: Overcoming Passive Resistance

A recurring challenge that many Product Managers face is coping with stakeholders who attempt to block our efforts, either covertly or overtly.  Sometimes these situations arise due to simple miscommunication, but other times they’re power plays, the results of internal politics, or even caused by grudges held from previous slights — real or imagined.  To […]

Product Management

How to “Level Up” Your Product Management Skillset

A common theme in online discussions and forums around Product Management lies in how to level up our skills and be a better Product Manager.  While there are a lot of different options available, just as there are as many different aspects of Product Management to focus on, there are some very specific areas that […]

Product Management

How Accepting Uncertainty Drives Successful Teams

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you’ve probably noticed that accepting uncertainty is a a recurring theme when it comes to Agile and agility.  While it’s never stated outright as a “value” in either the Agile Manifesto or the Twelve Principles of Agile, the concept itself underlies many of the points made in […]

Product Management

Why “Scrumbut” Shouldn’t Be a Bad Word

There’s a term that gets floated around the Agile world by what I like to call the “textbook Scrummers” that really bugs the crap out of me, so much that I decided to write an article about the concept, and why I think it’s a wrong-headed, anti-agile concept.  The concept is known as “ScrumBut” (a […]

Product Management

Balancing Agility and Strategy

One of the common struggles that Product Managers are faced with is figuring out how to be “agile” while still managing to a vision or strategy that’s been established by the Executives or Board.  The important thing to remember is that strategy and agility are not in conflict with one another — if a strategy is […]

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