Dual-Track Scrum


Which is why I'm a big advocate for what is sometimes referred to as Dual-Track Scrum. Jeff Patton first shared with me the term "Dual-Track Scrum" and I prefer this term because it better captures the parallel nature of Discovery and Delivery. Another reason I like the Dual-Track Scrum metaphor is that I find many people essentially doing little mini-waterfalls within their Scrum framework. Lean UX and Dual-Track Scrum are made for each other.


Marty Cagan on making better use of engineering teams

Business of Software Blog

One of the topics he covered was making better use of engineering teams. A highlight for me was the six points he made on making better use of engineering teams… Redundant slide alert. On making better use of engineering teams. 2 Provide Engineers with Access to Customers.

Three Methodologies That Help Businesses Stay Creative


It follows a linear, sequential process and is the most common version of the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) for IT and software engineering projects. Scrum methodology. Professionalisms agile methodology project management scrum methodology Waterfall methodology


My new book: Farm Don’t Hunt

Guy Nirpaz

It is written in similar style to the Scrum book I’ve used to learn how to become a successful engineering leader. This book is based on the Scrum book that impacted my life significantly as an engineer.


From London to NYC to San Fran–Take the Next Step in your Product Management Career Today

The Product Guy

Product Owner @ Medidata Solutions (New York, NY (NYC) or San Francisco, CA (Bay Area)) Keywords: Agile, Backlog, Engineer, Scrum, User Stories [link]. Product Manager, Media Engineering @ JW Player (New York, NY) Keywords: Cloud, Data, SaaS, Video [link] Filed under: product jobs Tagged: product management. If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.


Discovery Coaches


For many years, as teams move to Agile methods (they usually start with Scrum), many companies decide to contract with or hire an Agile Coach. These people are there to help the broader team – especially engineers, QA, product managers and product designers – to learn the methods and mindset involved in moving to Agile. They understand the engineering and release side of things, but not the discovery side of things.

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A modern tool for your startup: JotForm Cards

47 Hats

Before you commit hundreds of hours of engineering time to build a major feature, get some data on whether your customers will even care about that new shiny feature.

Lightspeed is growing our Consumer Investing team

Lightspeed Venture Partners

His nickname is Tank and I wouldn’t have minded having him as a teammate in my rugby playing days either, holding me up in the scrum! I joined Lightspeed ten years ago. It’s been an amazing ride.


Continuous Discovery


Rather than a "Product Discovery Phase" where we come up with several weeks of validated product backlog items and deliver them to engineering, I encourage teams to do continuous product discovery – where we are constantly identifying, validating and describing new product backlog items. With the continuous discovery and delivery trends, many teams are finding that Scrum as a process can be limiting, and that Kanban tends to fit this continuous discovery and delivery model better.


Customers Are Not The Source Of Innovation | Marty Cagan | CEO Tales

Business of Software Blog

Using examples from some of the biggest product companies in the world, Marty shows how using engineers in Product Discovery can lead to innovation in a way that a focus group never could. Okay, quite a bit and any engineers? I really basically just work with product teams which is product design engineering. So, after about 10 years of engineering. Now what I wanted to talk about is the role of engineers. This is actually very motivating to good engineers.

Time-Boxing Product Discovery


In my last article I talked about one technique for applying Scrum concepts to product discovery – the opportunity backlog. This is at the heart of Scrum as a method, and is especially well suited to delivery because of our critical need to have frequent, consistent release vehicles. This model of working is often referred to as dual-track Scrum.


How To Work Better with Your Co-Founder


Almost every software engineer I've ever worked with is irrational in how fast they believe they can build software. At my last startup we eventually started using a process called "scrum," which is basically a framework for managing agile engineering projects.


Sprint Like An Egyptian: A Tech Entrepreneurship Revolution in Alexandria


Silicon Arabia has engineers in Russia as well as Egypt.) English has become the lingua franca for doing business, while the technical jargon is as familiar (or cryptic) in Alexandria as in Mountain View: Scrum, sprints, Git, Cassandra, Hadoop.

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Four Laws Of Software Economics (Part 3) | Rich Mironov Guest Post

Business of Software Blog

Every startup (and every scrum team) can find a couple of interested customers, but the economics of software requires thousands of customers. Pure engineering failures (gray areas) only represent the last quarter. Great engineering is not the fix for poor market thinking. <analogy>


Factors in Structuring a Product Organization


You see it when a Scrum team is frustrated because they have multiple product owners to deal with, or when product managers have to constantly fight for resources that keep disappearing. The key is not to drive the product structure around the engineering teams, but rather to work together with engineering to move together into alignment.


Will Price

The documents passed serially from one department (marketing, product management, engineering, qa) to the next, the time frames were measured in months, and engineers were told what to build and when to have it ready. The net result was often dissatisfaction across all constituents - product management failed to get what they thought they asked for, engineers felt like second class citizens/code monkeys, and the business suffered as a result.


Product Fail


” These might be user stories or they might be more like some form of a functional spec but it’s purpose is to communicate with the designers and engineers what needs to be built. Finally the requirements and design specs make it to engineers. Anyway, the engineers will typically break up the work into a set of iterations - called “sprints” in the Scrum process.

An ongoing discussion on linkedin about Offshore Web Development and building a team in Europe.

Scalable Startup

Work directly with engineers, no company involved. To start off you should focus on working with a company that offers you direct access to engineers and is willing to work as an extended branch for your team. They keep you involved even from the early stages of the value chain including selecting the right engineers and taking direction and input on the future technical growth plan for those engineers. Also, it is not about the engineering talent only!

Managing Risk and Improving Efficiency of the Supply Chain

Up and Running

As Ryan Vinyard, engineering lead for Highway1 recently stated in an interview with Line//Shape//Space , clear communication with vendors is a critical component of managing supply chain risk. See Also: How to Solve Problems in Your Business: Kanban, Kaizen, and Scrum.

Top Disaster Recovery Challenges And How To Address Them


In addition to the obstacles illuminated by the study, senior systems engineer and technology author Karl Palachuk also noted several other issues with companies’ disaster recovery strategies, including: They may not have a DR plan in place at all.

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Case Study: Lean UX at work

Startup Lessons Learned

Levels of Agile adoption span the full spectrum across our 6 Scrum teams. Roles, such as software engineer, user experience designer and product manager, come with narrow and explicitly-assumed responsibilities. For example, software engineering write code.

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Ways to Contribute to Your Technical Team as a Non-Technical Co-Founder/Early Hire?

Launching Tech Ventures

Despite the hesitation about the contribution of non-technical professionals at the early stages of a company, I still believe there are ways we can significantly add value not only to the start-up as a whole, but also particularly to the product development process: 1) Be A Rock Star Product Manager: Despite the immense talent, knowledge, and capabilities among the engineering teams, they still need a rock start product manager to bring them the customers’ voice.

ArcticStartup's Job board - Friday 21st March


Program Scrum Master - Finland. Lead Software Engineer - Finland. Software Engineer - Finland. Chief Engineer. It''s time for the weekly jobs round up on the Arctic Startup boards. Lets not waste any time today and dive straight in.


Real Is Mandatory

VC Confidential

They run weekly scrums to codify best practices and process learnings into their business logic in the cloud. We introduced a top enterprise sales advisor to them and they re-engineered their sales organization, hired a top SRO from Oracle and brought on 10 “chairman club” calibre sales people from industry and the Valley. Real Is Mandatory. Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’.”  — Bob Dylan.

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Talk to me about…! What do BoS attendees want you to talk to them about?

Business of Software Blog

Scrum Software. Re-engineering products from on-premise to SaaS. your software engineering challenges. Scrum Software. Scrum Software. Microsoft, Office, Large scale engineering challenges. E-Commerce, Automated Production, Hiring and Managing Engineers. GIS, SaaS, DaaS, Scrum and the terrible weather in the UK. How engineers can do marketing. ” Jason Cohen, Smart Bear Software and WP Engine.


Using independent teams to scale a small company: A look at how games company Wooga works

The Next Web

Jesper Richter-Reichhelm is Head of Engineering at social games company Wooga. There are departmental heads, such as the Head of Engineering of which we have two who take care of different parts of that field, and others that look after their respective departments.


Lessons Learned: Combining agile development with customer development

Startup Lessons Learned

XP and Scrum don’t have much to say - they punt. If you look at the origins of most agile systems, including Scrum and XP , they come out of experiences in big companies. In a startup, rather than think of ourselves as having a marketing department and an engineering department, I now believe its better to think of ourselves as focusing our energies on unknown problems and unknown solutions.

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Business of Software 2012. The inside scoop on who’s coming so far…

Business of Software Blog

Large-scale engineering challenges. Scrum Software. Scrum Software. Microsoft, Office, Large scale engineering challenges. Re-engineering products from on-premise to SaaS. Scrum Software. your software engineering challenges. A few people have asked who comes to Business of Software – is it startups or big companies (the price isn’t aimed at the startup world after all…)?


Behind Every Great Product


If you think the product manager job is what’s described in a Certified Scrum Product Owner class, you almost certainly fall into this category. Necessity being the mother of invention, this is where the queue, the ratings system, and the recommendation engine all came from. In three month’s time, the team redesigned the site, introducing the queue, the rating system, and the recommendations engine all in support of Netflix being a subscription service.

How to manage technical and creative people when you’re in-between the two

The Next Web

Talking scrum to creative won’t work as well as to developers. The great design firm IDEO has the likes of structural engineers working side-by-side with journalists, software developers and surgeons to produce the next generation shopping cart.


Startup Tools


Jeff Szczepanski- The Developer’s Guide To Running Sales Teams

Business of Software Blog

I’m actually, as I said a developer by training, an electrical engineer. In other words, the essence of engineering and innovation is actually moving those things forward and having understandable processes that are predictable. The second of two video releases in a day!

Four Laws Of Software Economics (Part 4) | Rich Mironov Guest Post

Business of Software Blog

Customer showcases/sprint-level demos bring a few customers into product- or scrum-team-level demonstrations ever few weeks. Showcases are great for spotting engineering issues, migration problems, and wrong assumptions about how products will actually fit together.

Should You Co-Found Your Company With a Software Development Shop (2 of 2)?

David Teten

Strong support from serial founders, engineers, and other specialized resources that are particularly relevant to the earliest days of a company can overcome that hurdle and (in theory at least) yield companies that otherwise wouldn’t be built.

Startup Resources


Firebase : Are all your developers front-end engineers? Google Custom Search Engine. Google App Engine. Search Engine Optimization Tools. Google App Engine â?? Banana Scrum â?? A tool simple as Scrum itself. agile product management and Scrum tool.

Lessons Learned: ScienceDaily: Corporate culture is most important.

Startup Lessons Learned

At IMVU , we called this person a Producer (revealing our games background); in Scrum , they are called the Product Owner. At Toyota , they are called Chief Engineer : Toyota realizes that the Chief Engineer job is probably the most important one in the company because the Chief Engineer listens to the customer and then determines what the functions need to do to address the customer’s desires.

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Have we Leaned to Far? Steve Johnson at BoS Conference USA 2014

Business of Software Blog

Tom Kelly was the lead engineer on the Lunar Lander back in the Apollo program and he said of course we were over budget. How could we Scrum better? I love Agile; I love Scrum. With Scrum, the founders of Scrum created a concept called a Product Owner.

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You don't need as many tools as you think

Startup Lessons Learned

Heres something I can relate to: We used assembla for subversion, scrums, milestones, wikis, and for general organizational purposes. Scrum reports would come in once a month, nobody was actually responsible for anything. Most engineers are terrible visual designers, but if the designer on their team is struggling, maybe they can help out with an icon or two.

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How Freshbooks’ Fear Of Competition Saved The Company | Mike McDerment | BoS USA 2017

Business of Software Blog

My co-founder has a PHD in computer science but was not a professional software engineer – just a really good problem solver. And this scrum master who started with us was spending his first month in service and he knew about the two products. Mike McDerment, Founder/CEO, Freshbooks.

2009 Redux

Will Price

We let go most of our business people and kept the engineering team largely whole with a skeletal layer of business folks. As such, we moved to a formal scrum process, weekly sprints, and a social contract. Year-end is a natural time for reflection on events of the past year and a time to plan goals for the year to come. As I think back on 2009, I am struck by a few observations.