• Article: Product Management

    Agile software development: Philosophy, not methodology

    We think of Agile software development as a philosophy, not a methodology. We discuss why, and how an Agile approach benefits our customers.

    Elijah Chang
  • Article: Product Management

    Successful agile releases: Manage risk, not plans

    Since the beginning of software development, project managers have been trying to tame the three-headed monster known as the iron triangle: scope, schedule and budget. Here's how to conquer the iron triangle and create valuable products quickly.

    Elijah Chang
  • Article: Product Management

    4 steps to building a minimum viable product

    How can you build a product successfully that's innovative and meets customer's needs? What guarantees your success? Figuring out a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is a great place to start. But how do you create a good MVP? And why?

    Elijah Chang
  • Article: Product Management

    How we use Lean Requirements: An in-depth guide

    Defining Lean Requirements helps accelerate software development by shortening the cycle time to gather requirements. Over the past few years, we've continued to iterate and grow this approach. This article shares what we've learned in that time and explains how we use Lean Requirements in more detail.

    Raymond King
  • Article: Product Management

    Video: A recap of Sourcery Academy for Product Managers

    Sourcery Academy for Product Managers, a four-week educational program in Chicago, concluded with a grand finale last week. This video summarizes Sourcery, why we organized it, and why we think it's important for the field of product management.

    Isabel Casey
  • Article: Product Management

    For agile product managers, metrics aren't the whole story

    Metrics are an important tool for product managers, but metrics alone don't solve problems. Metrics are a starting point for conversations about objectives, and how we're progressing toward meeting them—metrics aren't the end of the story, but rather the beginning. This article explores how product managers can use metrics to create a vision for a product, then work with teams to execute that vision.

    Elijah Chang
  • Article: Product Management

    Introducing Sourcery Academy for Product Managers

    We’re proud to announce Sourcery Academy for Product Managers, a four-week course will provide hands-on, real-world experience and insight from Devbridge employees and leadership. We believe the best way to learn is by doing. That's why we've created a curriculum that puts you in the driver's seat. You'll build your knowledge through first-hand experience, working alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry.

    Elijah Chang
  • Article: Product Management

    Facilitating PMO role changes during an agile transformation

    Role definition and change management are the most difficult obstacles to overcome for large organizations that adopt Agile. Employees can feel threatened and pushed out of their comfort zone by the barrage of changes—from the process they use, to the changes in titles, the reporting structure, and the focus on results versus risk mitigation. This article explores how best to facilitate role changes during an agile transformation.

    Aurimas Adomavicius
  • Article: Product Management

    Cure your sticky-note allergy: 5 skills for effective workshops

    Have you had the same requirements-gathering discussion multiple times but still don’t know what to do next? Does your team shudder when they see you break out sticky notes in a meeting? (Hint: If you answered yes to either of these questions, keep reading) Practice the five skills outlined in this post for effective workshop facilitation.

    Laura Albun
  • Article: Product Management

    Build the right product with results-driven development

    When developing a product, it’s important to build things the right way—high-quality code that’s tightly aligned to requirements. But even perfectly built software is worthless if it has no value to the end user. That’s where results-driven development comes in. We explore how to build products the right way, while making sure we're building the right products.

    Bill Cronin
  • Article: Product Management

    How to set up Dual-Track Scrum in Jira

    The concept of Dual-Track Scrum was first evangelized by Marty Cagan back in 2012, and more recently elements of it have been incorporated into Google's Design Sprint. We recently wrote about how Dual-Track works from a design perspective, and want to demonstrate how it can be applied in practice. By leveraging Dual-Track Scrum, teams are more focused, reduce their rework and significantly improve their ability to plan while still retaining their agility. In this article, we'll review the benefits of Dual-Track Scrum and show how we implement it in practice using agile tools.

    John Ciecholewski
  • Article: Product Management

    Lean estimates: Our answer to the estimate conundrum

    Estimation. Such a hotly debated, time-consuming exercise. Are they a necessary evil? Should we eliminate estimates? Where do we stand?

    Elijah Chang
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