Thoughts on agile management

The Equity Kicker

Steve Denning, one of the leading business thinkers pushing the business world to abandon the outdated idea of maximising shareholder value has published an interesting article on Forbes titled Why do managers hate agile? Agile methods are also more attractive to the best employees.

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It’s An Agile World

Feld Thoughts

One of the emails reinforced the challenge of “traditional software development” vs. the new generation of “Agile software development.” ” I started experiencing, and understanding, agile in 2004 when I made an investment in Rally Software. At the time it was an idea in Ryan Martens brain; today it is a public company valued around $600 million , employing around 400 people, and pacing the world of agile software development.

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Why Everyone Wants To Be Agile


If you keep up with the news on project management and business strategy, you’ve probably come across the buzzword “agile” more than a few times. But what does it mean to be agile and do agile as a business unit? But can agile really be used for anything, in any industry?

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7 Strategies To Enhance Agility In The Face Of Change

Startup Professionals Musings

Business agility is defined as the ability to adapt rapidly and cost efficiently. Every entrepreneur must be alert enough to spot the change early, and agile enough to adapt quickly. It all starts with agile leadership.

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7 Principles Of Business Agility To Dodge Disaster

Startup Professionals Musings

Business agility is defined as the ability to adapt rapidly and cost efficiently. Every entrepreneur must be alert enough to spot the change early, and agile enough to adapt quickly. It all starts with agile leadership. agility business entrepreneur startup

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Are Agile Innovation Methods Right for Your Team?

The Startup Magazine

Developing successful agile innovation methods can drive companies to great new heights. Then implementing agile innovation methods should be top on your list of to-dos. So, how do you determine if agile innovation methods are right for your company?

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Agile Everywhere, Part II


Over the years, I’ve written a lot about the Agile methodology on this blog. For those of you who are regular readers, you may remember a post I wrote about our Agile Everywhere initiative — where all Return Path teams were tasked with implementing agile practices.

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Do You Have The Data Agility Your Business Needs?


This challenge has put immense pressure on CIOs to not only manage ever-growing data volumes, sources, and types, but to also support more and more data users as well as new and increasingly complex use cases. How can your company meet the agility imperative? Agile Data Fabric.

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Agility Is The Key To Survival In Good Times And Bad

Startup Professionals Musings

Business agility is defined as the ability to adapt rapidly and cost efficiently. Every entrepreneur must be alert enough to spot the change early, and agile enough to adapt quickly. It all starts with agile leadership. business business agility entrepreneur innovation

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To Survive the Rebound Will Require More Agility

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart entrepreneurs are making changes now, to be more agile in defining strategy, making organizational changes, and analyzing markets for change. Here are the key aspects of agility requiring focus: Eliminating bureaucracy. An agile company starts with agile leadership at the top.

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The Future of Corporate Agility

Startup Lessons Learned

A big part of adopting Lean Startup in an established company involves fundamentally shifting the way organizations manage people and ideas. Mark Raheja, founding partner at August , a consultancy focused on organizational development, will be speaking as part of the enterprise learning track at Lean Startup Week about agility at scale. In thinking about the future of corporate agility and management, what modern practices are most vital to today’s leaders?

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The Agile Board

Both Sides of the Table

Over time at my first startup our developers encouraged us to move to Agile development. So when I read my post it sounded to me more like a new philosophy for “The Agile Board,&# so I put that as my subtitle. THAT is the “Agile Board&# I was after.

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Achieving Greater Agility Through Proper Business Intelligence


by Dan McCarthy, event manager for Venueseeker. Business intelligence (BI) is the gateway for achieving greater agility. Agility in this sense means the flexibility to make more informed decisions based on a diverse array of data outlining consumer patterns and purchasing behavior.

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Are You Agile Enough for the New Business Economy?

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart entrepreneurs are making changes now, to be more agile in defining strategy, making organizational changes, and analyzing markets for change. These volatile markets are already creating unexpected opportunities and risks – you must be alert and agile enough to spot them and adapt quickly to survive and prosper. Here are the key aspects of agility requiring focus: Eliminating bureaucracy. Rotating good people to new roles keep both them and their new roles agile.

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Business Agility will Prosper on the Rebound

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart entrepreneurs are making changes now, to be more agile in defining strategy, making organizational changes, and analyzing markets for change. But volatile markets do create unexpected opportunities – if you are alert and agile enough to spot them and adapt quickly.

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Should Your Startup Be an Agile Company

Women Entrepreneurs Can

These days, one of the decisions that startup owners make (or at least should think about making) is whether to be an agile company from the very start, to try to adopt it later or to do things the more traditional way. Agile 101. Most agile teams and companies do.

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Even Branding Should Be Agile: An Interview With Base Creative’s Matthew Kinsman

Up and Running

Thirteen years later, Kinsman is a veteran of the industry and a thought leader advocating in Forbes for an agile approach. The agile strategy is all about brand flexibility. This type of rigorous, critical quality-control allows your brand to be agile.

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Managing Commitments in an Agile Team


The past several articles have discussed the nature of Continuous Discovery and Dual-Track Agile. In this article I'd like to discuss another dimension of working effectively in an Agile environment, which is how we manage commitments. In most Agile teams, when you mention commitments (like knowing what you're going to launch and when it will happen), you get reactions ranging from squirming to denial. The project managers track these commitments and dependencies.

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Selecting An Agile Coach


Starting around 2004 and 2005 I began seeing an increasing number of teams moving to Agile, and of course the first thing they needed was training and often some coaching. I thought - incorrectly it turns out - that this would be a temporary issue, while the Agile community gained experience, especially with commercial product companies. So it''s no wonder that so many Agile trainers are bewildered by commercial product companies.

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Agile Marketing: How to Implement Scrum for Digital Marketing


Agile marketing may not be a phrase you hear often, but it’s becoming increasingly popular and important. An Introduction to Scrum and Agile Development. According to the Scrum Guide , the Product Owner is the sole person responsible for managing the Product Backlog.


Escaping the Design Trap in Agile Marketing

crowdSPRING Blog

The biggest trend in marketing in 2016 has been the idea of “agile marketing.” ” Workfront, a project management solution provider, defines it as : A tactical marketing approach in which teams identify and focus their collective efforts on high value projects, complete those projects cooperatively, measure their impact and then continuously and incrementally improve the results over time. Agile marketing isn’t going anywhere, and with good reason.

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Lean Startup in the Enterprise Anti-Pattern: The Lean Waterfall

Grasshopper Herder

Lean Enterprise Lean Startups Management Managing Entrepreneurship agile agile marketing lean enterprise lean startup in the enterprise leanux waterfall More enterprise scale companies are drinking the lean Kool Aid and starting to implement Lean Startup.

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Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank

—– Lean Innovation Management. Each horizon requires different focus, different management, different tools and different goals. Product management for Horizon 1 uses existing product management tools such as StageGate ® or the equivalent.

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Learn how to earn a six-figure salary as an Agile and Scrum Project expert for under $30

The Next Web

You can uncover how to become one of those fully-trained and certified Agile (and its popular Scrum framework) masters with this Agile and Scrum Project Management Certification Bundle.


CEO of TaskTop’s Book Introduces Flow Framework to Address Why DevOps/Agile Not Enough


The organizations that do manage to keep up are further driving change by redefining the technology landscape around their platforms, causing the rest to fall even further behind. Most large organizations are aware that they need to undergo digital transforms, and are adopting new software delivery practices such as Agile and DevOps. But after founding the company, I realized that I need to take a similarly disciplined approach to learning leadership and management.

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Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

I was met by a very apologetic manager who said, “We’ve been trying to get a hold of you for the last week. The manager of the training department who hired you wasn’t authorized to do so – and he’s been fired. I caught my breath and thought about it for a minute and said, “How about I go talk to the new training manager. Manager: “Sorry man we outsourced your job, I guess this was already in the works before I hired you.

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Can Project Management Support High Growth Companies?


By Russell Harley, veteran project manager and Director at PMO. There is some thinking that equates project management with being a roadblock to speedy delivery of critical projects. ’ So how can project management be an effective tool versus a roadblock?

5 Strategies For Managing A Fast Growing Startup


Managing a startup is kind of like riding a roller coaster. Of course, managing a startup and riding a roller coaster are two different things. Believe it or not, though, there are ways to manage a fast-growing startup. Use a Project Management System.

Lessons Learned: Combining agile development with customer development

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, March 16, 2009 Combining agile development with customer development Today I read an excellent blog post that I just had to share. Jim Murphy is a long-time agile practitioner in startups. In most agile development systems, there is a notion of the "product backlog" a prioritized list of what software is most valuable to be developed next. But startups sometimes have trouble applying agile successfully.

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Lessons Learned: Stevey's Blog Rants: Good Agile, Bad Agile

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Thursday, November 6, 2008 Steveys Blog Rants: Good Agile, Bad Agile I thought Id share an interesting post from someone with a decidedly anti-agile point of view. Steveys Blog Rants: Good Agile, Bad Agile : "Google is an exceptionally disciplined company, from a software-engineering perspective. I think you can safely ignore the rantings about "bad agile" and the bad people who promote it.

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RIP PRDs. Long Live “Agile Conversations”

Street Smart Product Manager

Many of my free product help calls are about ways to pursue customer development and gather VOC, bootstrap new product efforts, and apply lean principles to product management activities. Long Live “Agile Conversations” appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. I recently had an email Q&A with a fellow PMer in which I shared what’s worked for me. So I decided to post my answers here — of course, your mileage […]. The post RIP PRDs.

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Project Manager


We are looking for a Project Manager experienced in managing remote teams and virtual projects to join our virtual team. You’ll have worked with waterfall and agile project management methodologies. Looking for a remote job? Then this job may be just right for you.

Kent Beck keynote, "To Agility, and Beyond"

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, April 4, 2010 Kent Beck keynote, "To Agility, and Beyond" Kent Beck will give the opening keynote at the Startup Lessons Learned conference on April 23. Amazing lean startup resources Is Entrepreneurship a Management Science?

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The Rudder Fallacy – Adopting Lean Startup

Grasshopper Herder

Lean Enterprise Lean Startups Managing Entrepreneurship adopting lean startup agile velocity metrics In a lean startup, team velocity proceeds measurable product progress. Before there is velocity, no measurable progress can be seen on any metrics dashboard.

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50 Blogs That Will Make You A Better Manager


When you’ve made it to the management level, it’s tempting to think that you’re in a comfortable position where you don’t have much room for improvement. But while you may be a great manager now, there is always the possibility of becoming a better one, if only you just know how.

Stakeholder Management


For many product managers, managing stakeholders is probably the least favorite part of their job. First let''s discuss just who is a stakeholder, then what the product manager''s responsibilities are with these stakeholders, and then we''ll talk about techniques for success. It really is not that difficult to have this relationship with stakeholders, but it does require first and foremost that you are a competent product manager.

Social, Agile, and Transformation: Strategic Agile Thinking: Balancing Value, Innovation and Research

Social, Agile, and Transformation. I cover several topics including agile software development, software startups, web 2.0, social networking, SaaS, content management, media, enterprise 2.0 Strategic Agile Thinking: Balancing Value, Innovation and Research. Leading Agile.

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Creative Entrepreneurs Making Task Management a Seamless Process for Teams


Customizable task management : With MeisterTask , teams can track tasks from creation to completion via agile and intuitive Kanban-style project boards. Uniquely Creative : Unlike other productivity apps, MeisterTask presents productive task management with a creative twist.

How to build an agile and scalable SaaS for long-term success

The Next Web

Your team should include project managers with a deep knowledge of application stacks, software developers who can think abstractly to build flexible frameworks, and engineers who understand the value of automation to development velocity.

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Seven Facilitation Fails

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Seven Facilitation Fails: Most innovation project managers haven’t been trained in facilitation. They may know frameworks, like Design Thinking or Agile, and a few tools, but very few have the extensive training and experience at hands-on facilitation required to make a difference.

Cash Flow 101: The Best Ways to Manage Cash Flow

Up and Running

Without positive cash flow, all companies (and small businesses in particular) likely won’t possess the agility necessary to respond to today’s quickly evolving business landscape. 10 tips for better cash flow management: 1.

One model for an agile marketing plan

Agile Marketing Blog. Agile marketing. Agile marketing news. Categorized | Agile marketing. One model for an agile marketing plan. Upon further reflection, this comes back to the agile vs. waterfall marketer question I raised a month ago. With that in mind, here is my ideal agile marketing plan. This post was written by: Frank Days - who has written 36 posts on Agile Marketing Blog. Can branding be agile? Subscribe via: RSS.

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Here’s Why Project Management Matters Most to Your Small Business

Austin Startup

Project management is one of those exciting things that looks easy until you try it. The basics of managing a project from the beginning… Continue reading on Austin Startups ». startup project-management wisdom productivity agile