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With a lilt in her voice, one of the strongest technology leaders I’ve ever worked with recently said, “I love the Agile for new product development, but I’m still not convinced where platform integration is concerned…”

It’s an understandable position, and addresses issues I have wrestled with in my own…

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Product development is tricky stuff. We are in the business of creating something from nothing, embedded within complex, global, collaborative enterprises. Conflict is endemic to that process. Indeed, there are those who believe that conflict is a critical attribute to the creation of great products. Count me among them.

Conflict…

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Assembling the Conceptual Model

The concepts we will be discussing in this post are complex and particular. Lots of theoretical mappings. I’ll be utilizing a library of terms and diagrams to help keep us on the same page along the way. …

We in the technology program management business are expected to have broadly transferrable skills. This week may be focused on new product development, next month might be all about integrating an acquired portfolio, and next quarter gets gobbled-up with re-org of an existing business unit.

Each of these program types…

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I always begin the recurring seminars I teach at New York University’s School of Professional Studies with a model I describe as “ground zero” for projects. I draw two capital “P”s on the whiteboard, and define one as “Product” and the other as “Project”. Together, the class defines, from a…

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Enterprise Agile Transformation

I have been lucky to engage in a bunch of Agile/ Digital Transformation work during recent years, and it is among the most gratifying work that I do. There is nothing quite like seeing stakeholders on both the business and technology sides tear a path straight through the labyrinth of…

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Successful product development demands control of many factors, of which transparency, timing, and trust are the most crucial

There is a dirty secret that we in the product development business don’t often discuss: our careers will be riddled with failure. The simple truth is that creating new things in the world, and having them adopted at a scale that moves the needle, is incredibly difficult. …

Grooming presents opportunities and challenges in successful Agile product development

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I was indoctrinated early in the Agile movement, during a time that the methodology was not yet so universally adopted and today’s many tools didn’t yet exist. This was a time of index cards tacked to bulletin boards, around which teams actually stood for daily Stand-Ups. …

Your enterprise is established, with a clear market position and secure revenue streams. But innovation comes slowly or not at all. You think you need better ideas. You’re probably wrong. The ideas are fine. The problem is that you can’t execute on those ideas in a manner that is timely, flexible, extensible, or inspired.

The factors that limit your ability to deliver aren’t endemic to the delivery itself, but rather the negative space that surrounds that delivery. They are the attributes of your product development environment: the connective tissue between the assorted functions that work together to execute on great ideas.

You can’t innovate…

Despite the rise of iterative product development methodologies over the past decade+, there are still many large IT organizations that operate in a completely waterfall mode. Stated reasons for this are many, including:

  1. It seems to work okay
  2. They feel they need that level of planning to efficiently engage stakeholders…

Drew Harteveld

BUSINESS PROCESS & OPERATIONAL LEADERSHIP; I organize people, process, and tools to create scalable delivery to the market.

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