Roadmaps, Expectations and Empowerment

TL;TR Use roadmaps to discuss scope as objectives and outcomes you’d like to achieve. Don’t use roadmaps to write down features or track output. Work with themes: problems, needs and objectives. Don’t use dates in roadmaps. Use features and experiements as possible customer solutions and only track them in a plan, if really needed. Empower … More Roadmaps, Expectations and Empowerment

Agile in Large Enterprises aka Comments about “The Revenge of the PMO” by @cagan

I’m a huge fan of agile methods, values, principles and processes. This week I’ve read a great article of Marty Cagan backed by Jeff Patton, Ron Jeffries and Ken Schwaber which I need to share and comment, because it resonates that much with my experiences of working in a large enterprise. I just published an … More Agile in Large Enterprises aka Comments about “The Revenge of the PMO” by @cagan

Webinar with Biggerplate about “Mind Mapping the Product Owners Overview”

Today, I was thankful and happy to volunteer for a business club webinar at Biggerplate about “Mind Mapping the Product Owners Overview”. The webinar was hosted by Liam Hughes who is an expert in mind mapping tools and shares the same passion in mindmapping like I do. Liam contacted me some weeks ago due my … More Webinar with Biggerplate about “Mind Mapping the Product Owners Overview”

Using Gherkin for Writing Better User Stories and Splitting

Inspired by #NoEstimation movement I’d like to share my ideas of story splitting as there are plenty of ways how to do so. A common understanding Teams struggle sometimes in getting a common understanding of what to do to create software and to contribute to a specific outcome. Usually the Product Owner is assigned to … More Using Gherkin for Writing Better User Stories and Splitting

Be a good example. Treat others like you’d like to be treated. Be kind.

This week I’ve read a post from Vala Afshar that remind me again of good behaviors for a culture change: how can I help? what do you think? your work matters I trust you and our team I appreciate your commitment thank you for working hard I was wrong, I am sorry your career path is … More Be a good example. Treat others like you’d like to be treated. Be kind.

The Product Owner Overview as an Ultimative Mindmap

Since the last presentation at the German developer day in Frankfurt, I shared some learnings about having a common understanding for agile transitions. This lead me to the idea to write down an overview and understanding of the role of product owners. I’ve read so much and work so long in this role, that the … More The Product Owner Overview as an Ultimative Mindmap

An Agile Transition is not iterative software development with Scrum

One of my learnings in software development and people are the interpretation of agile at all. Everybody has its own definition and meaning of agility which makes it hard to understand what really is wanted and needed as a common minimal dominator between senior management and employees. The Agile Onion Due to our presentation at … More An Agile Transition is not iterative software development with Scrum