Category Archives: Product Owner Stuff

Product Owners need a lot of support. Hope this helps.

Telling a Good Story

Fixing Blame When that amazing new idea blows up in your face and everyone is super angry, you need to do two things. First, observe this Japanese proverb, When something goes wrong fix the process, not the blame. The second … Continue reading

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Value Stream Maps

Stopwatch Development? Learning to see is a bit more difficult than it may appear. If Ohno’s trainees found it hard to “see” manufacturing improvements, what’s a software manager to do? Looking over the shoulders of your development team, will only … Continue reading

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New Scrum Guide – Emphasis on Values

A Classic Apple Move On July 6th the creators of the Scrum Framework (Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber) discussed their highly anticipated update. Even though the move was due to popular demand, their emphasis on Scrum Values hit me more like a … Continue reading

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How to Decompose a Release Plan – User Story Mapping

A while back my team overcommitted themselves on a technical debt Sprint. It became apparent we did not have a decent model to expose those pesky “unknown – unknowns”. No matter how much talking and diagramming and more talking we did, we … Continue reading

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How to Decompose Epics & Stories

Assigning Epics effort estimates is risky business. However, since organizations usually require schedules and budgets when uncertainty is at its highest, continuously defining effort as the decomposition process evolves may work. It must be remembered, no estimate is completely accurate but this process does … Continue reading

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Project Cost Example

Important Please read the previous post explaining this model, before reviewing the example below. This example uses the following steps. Adds employee salary, benefits and contractor fees as cost variables. Calculates how much these variables cost each week. Sets highest number of story points … Continue reading

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Calculating Project Costs Using Story Points

Fibonacci Numbers & Dog Breeds? Managers using the cost accounting method to estimate projects are often lost when it comes to calculating the cost of Agile Scrum projects. Where the cost accounting method typically uses cost of time per project task as … Continue reading

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Improper Planning – The Skeleton in the Closet

I had a long talk last week with a guy we will call Joe. He works for a company who has undertaken a large data conversion project. Mid way through that project the sponsors became very concerned about the project’s … Continue reading

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Software Development Risk Management Model

Quantifying elements that make up problems creates clear pathways to action. This sample Software Development Risk Management Model creates meaningful data offering “actionable” information. Continue reading

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The Analysis Disease

Commuting through LA traffic I had a chance to hear tons of recorded books, including The Wealth of Nations from Adam Smith — a couple of times. Though I’m no economist, it did set the record straight in my mind … Continue reading

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Why all this stuff?

… Because it may come in handy Here are some documents and templates I use for my analysis work when the client or company I’m working for doesn’t have requirements and use case management tools like Rational RequisitePro or Enterprise … Continue reading

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Tools

Suggestions from the Trenches Besides a good laptop or tablet PC, here’s a list of stuff I use with most of my gigs. I’ll keep adding ideas, so check-in occasionally. 1. Dictaphone – I use this when interviewing stakeholder or … Continue reading

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Templates

A Quick Word of Advice It could be that you’re working for a startup that doesn’t use Microsoft Project or any organizational software. Suppose that same company wants you to submit reports on the tasks you’ve been assigned. Now let’s … Continue reading

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Data Dictionary

Oh Yeah, Data – Poor it on! What’s a company without lots of little bits of information that need to be managed? Like the Class Diagram and Sequence Diagram, the Data Dictionary is invaluable when the system is handed-off to … Continue reading

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Sequence Diagram

“Yes Dear, we should communicate more” Communication is what the Sequence Diagram is all about. This document maps-out how each class or object communicates with other classes in the Use Case or code package. When planning or development gets this … Continue reading

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Class Diagram

Now for the Technical Fun! Depending on your technical skill level, you may or may not be asked to create Class Diagrams. Since I enjoy programming, I also enjoy creating Class Diagrams. However, I find that most programmers or architects … Continue reading

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The Use Case

He Said – She Said … If creating black-box test scripts is the most tedious job (which it is), then creating Use Cases is the most fun. As a matter of fact, if you pay attention and create a good … Continue reading

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Project Definition

What’s up with the Project Definition? The Project Definition is often your first deliverable. What goes into this document should be discussed with the client at the earliest opportunity possible. At the end of my second article, I’ve included a … Continue reading

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Workflow Diagram

And Let the Diagramming Begin! Like any diagramming process, there are various flavors of this document, but any work flow must cover six essential aspects per process: 1. When does the process begin? (If preceded by a specified process, indicate … Continue reading

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