Demo: Enterprise Kanban with Silver Stories

Posted on March 9th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Lean, Silver Stories, Tool by siddharta || 1 Comment

One of the core goals of Enterprise Kanban is to effectively link business with development teams, and to do this across multiple teams, stakeholders and initiatives. This alignment is hard to do, and that is where bigger picture techniques come into play. Some of these techniques are

Silver Stories is a product and portfolio management tool that enables you to apply these higher level concepts across multiple scrum or kanban teams.

Webinar

For this month’s webinar, we are going to do a free, early access demo that shows these concepts in action. Register for the Silver Stories demo here. The demo is on Wednesday, 23rd March at 10:30 PM IST (see time in other timezones)

Tying risk models together with class of service

Posted on February 15th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Lean by siddharta || 1 Comment

The previous three posts talked about three dimensions of product risk:

Based on the category that a feature falls into, it makes sense to handle it differently. Kanban uses something called a Class of Service to abstract this idea. The concept can be applied in any project – Kanban or Scrum.

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Incorporating cost of delay in feature prioritization

Posted on February 14th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Lean by siddharta || 5 Comments

When it comes to backlog prioritization, there are many factors to consider. One factor is the “cost of delay” of the feature.

What is cost of delay? And why is it important?

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The three types of features in your product backlog

Posted on February 10th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Lean by siddharta || 5 Comments

One of the big mistakes that an agile team can make is to create a backlog of features and then treat every feature in exactly the same way. From a business point of view, features are not all equal. Some features are very important to the success of the project, whereas others are extremely unimportant. I’m not talking about business value – you can have unimportant features which have a high business value, for example. How? Read on.

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Product Owners – What kind of product risk are you dealing with?

Posted on February 7th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Lean by siddharta || 5 Comments

I often meet Product Owners who don’t really understand the product they are building. This is sad because it means the product is doomed for failure right at the start. This is a single point of failure. All the benefits of agile software development and agile project management rest on one critical assumption – that the product owner understands what is being built. If the product owner doesn’t do a good job with managing the backlog, then it doesn’t matter if you have a the best agile team doing continuous deployments and one week sprints – you’re just doing to deliver the wrong product faster to market.

“What kind of product risk are you dealing with?”

This is the first question I ask when talking to a product owner. If you don’t understand this, then the project is in deep trouble right from the start.

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