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How well does the Agile Manifesto align with principles that lead to success in product development?

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Background

I carried out my first 20-value-delivery-step agile IT project in 1960 on an invoicing system in Oslo when I was 20 and I just used my common sense. It was a radical re-architecting of what IBM initially sold to my client. So I learned that 'smarter architecture' might...

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Why Agile Product Development Systematically Fails, and what to do about it!

agile failure scrum Jan 01, 2018

Agile is great for many things, but the way it is taught and practiced today, succeeding in product development is not one of them. I am not talking about why it might fail here and there; I am talking about why it repeatedly fails, again and again. We are observing about 61% failure rate*. In...

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Tom Gilb speaks with Dave Rael about values, engineering, quantification, measurement, impact, and rewards

Head over to Developer On Fire and listen to Dave interview Tom

Title: Episode 241 | Tom Gilb - Impactful Value

 

Chapters:

0:51 - Dave introduces the show and Tom Gilb
3:16 - Tom's business with his son, Kai
4:49 - Recognition for Tom's work and his focus on value and engineering
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Love is a many-splendored thing

One problem you will have encountered in trying to clarify or to quantify, objectives, is that there might be no one single satisfactory dimension describing it.

Let’s say you quantify one value, like ‘Love’, and feel something is missing, so you try again. But then...

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20 Tough Questions every Project Manager and Product Owner should have in their Arsenal. These questions come with warnings

 

We tend to have these challenges in our project culture

  1. We tend to get stuck in building the detailed technical design;
    learn how to focus on the high-priority outcomes of a project.
  2. We tend to look like fools when people ask smart questions about our projects;
    learn to ask the...
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When you can Measure what you are speaking about, and Express it in Numbers, you know something about it

 

by Tom & Kai Gilb
(who we are)

Usually, projects fail to deliver value to fixed deadlines. Typically they ship something after the deadline with less value or quite often nothing is ever shipped. If this frustrates you as it frustrates us, keep reading. We cover some fundamentals that...

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DisConnected Value Chain?

 

by Tom & Kai Gilb
(who we are)

We typically have many, and varied, sources of support for reaching our own objectives. Teams, contractors, consultants, Scrum teams etc. Let’s call any instance that helps us reach our own objectives, our ‘support team’. 

I have...

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Clearly connecting the level of responsibility with objectives.

 

by Tom & Kai Gilb
(who we are)

 

Principle: Your Objectives Support The Level Above.

Your level of objectives must clearly support the level above you, your ‘boss’.

 
Ralph Keeney proposed an excellent practical idea to sort out your...

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On Limiting Your Project to 10 Critical Objectives, Initially.

 

by Tom & Kai Gilb
(who we are)

Principle: Prioritize Your Top Ten Objectives.

It is sufficient to initially focus on up-to-ten most-critical objectives, at any given level-of-responsibility.

There are usually far more than 10 planned-system attributes that we value, which...

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Summer Reading Recomendations

books recommendations Jul 05, 2016

 

by Tom & Kai Gilb
(who we are)

At our recent GilbFest seminar we asked some participants for their recent favorite reading recommendations. If you like to read, you will find some gems here.

 

Tom Gilb

Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future
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