Demos are for Getting Feedback


Demos exist primarily to get feedback from your stakeholders when you can’t get feedback from them during the course of a sprint. In this post, I explore a set of questions I frequently get regarding demos and answer them from a product ownership perspective.

Agile2015 Highlights


A quick summary of the Agile2015 sessions that I got the most out of. These sessions tended to discuss fairly simple techniques but did a deep enough dive that I was able to get some good nuggets out of them. A few of these sessions prompted some ideas that I’ll explore in more depth a bit later.

Getting the Most out of Agile2015


Agile2015 is next week in Washington DC so I thought I’d share some ideas for getting the most out of the conference.

What is Product Ownership?


Product ownership is all about determining the right things to build and utilizes activities from product management, business analysis, and user experience. This post provides my guesses at the collections of activities from each of those fields to identify product ownership activities and asks you if I’m even close.

Ten Powerful Questions for Discovering Acceptance Criteria

Recently, a friend of mine who is an agile coach was asked about powerful questions that a product owner could use when working with their team to discover acceptance criteria. She asked me for my thoughts, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to answer a question with more questions.

Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance Criteria Mind Map

Acceptance criteria are the conditions that a solution must satisfy to be accepted by a user, a customer, or, in the case of system-level functionality, the consuming system. They are also a set of statements, each with a clear pass/fail result, that specify both functional and nonfunctional requirements and are applicable at a variety of levels (feature and user stories).

Product Ownership Blogs and Newsletters

Here is a list of blogs and newsletters that I go to for frequent insights into areas of product ownership. Take a look and then share some of your favorites.

The Power of Feedback


Feedback is an important ingredient to successful projects. One reason teams use iterative approaches, either time boxed sprints or single piece flow, is that they have the opportunity to get frequent and rapid feedback. A few recent experiences have inspired me to think a bit about how helpful feedback can be and some subtle aspects of feedback that are important to keep in mind.

Beyond Requirements on Mastering Business Analysis Podcast


About a month ago I was honored to talk with Dave Saboe on his Mastering Business Analysis Podcast. We talked about my forthcoming (for a while now) book Beyond Requirements: Analysis with an Agile Mindset and other things analysis and agile.

BBC2015 Blog Partner

BBC2015 is proud to be a Blog Partner for the Building Business Capability 2015 Conference (BBC2015). I’ll be writing posts about the conference and can give you a 15% discount to the conference.