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Attributes of a Good Product Owner

June 28, 2006 — Posted by Jim Trott

In An Agile Planning Session Observed, I mentioned the chance I had to watch a good, engaged Product Owner in action, and the benefit that can come from that.

Based on what I saw, here are some attributes I think are necessary to be a great Product Owner:

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An Agile Planning Session Observed

June 28, 2006 — Posted by Jim Trott

This week, I got to observe the kick off of a new Lean-Agile project. After being bogged down for several months in requirements gathering, it was amazing to watch this Lean-Agile project Team coalesce around an approach with priorities that would let them deliver value quickly.

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Encouraging the Team Swarm Pattern for Effective Development

June 26, 2006 — Posted by Jim Trott

One of the most powerful phenomena that we have observed on effective Agile Development teams is something we have come to call "TeamSwarm".

In my upcoming blog posts, I will be describing what TeamSwarm is, how you can see it, some simple rules that guide its operation. I will discuss how the TeamSwarm can be coaxed into existence by building upon these simple rules. In Lean, we call putting simple rules into practice, building blocks. I will define and discuss the rules as building block practices and how they synergize to form emergent behavior that shows a team is swarming. Briefly, these building blocks are:

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Agile Needs a Product Owner

June 21, 2006 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Listen to the podcastWhy you need a product owner for Agile

The Voice of the Customer should set the priorities and vision for the product you seek to deliver. But getting a handle on that Voice can be really hard. Customers can be hard to pin down. They may feel like they are too busy to talk to you or too far away to engage with them successfully. Often, there is more than one customer with a variety of demands – even conflicting demands. And then how do you decide who to listen to?

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Simplicity, The 5-Minute Rule and the Refactoring Effort Measure

June 17, 2006 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Hey, my first international blog. I'm in Copenhagen for the next week and Ireland the next doing a couple of Design Patterns and Advanced Software Design courses.

I have always been a fan of simplicity. While I am careful to remember H.L. Mencken’s great observation – “For every complex problem there is a simple solution… and it is wrong!” – it seems in software development, we tend to make things more complex than is needed.

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