What Makes Sense in Scrum Projects

Jon M. Quigley PMP CTFL has nearly twenty five years of product development experience, ranging from embedded hardware and software through verification and project management. He holds multiple degrees, seven patents, has authored and contributed to numerous books and magazine articles as well as teaching and speaker at technical schools, universities and conferences on a variety of business and product development topics. Jon is a principal and founding member of Value Transformation, a product development training and cost improvement organization established in 2009. Several of Jon's books are listed below:

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Develop Shared Understanding thru Dialogue Mapping

In this podcast, we discuss Dialogue MappingTM with KC Burgess Yakemovic of Cognexus Group.  KC has over 25 years of experience capturing and using decision making rationale within both the corporate and small business environments. She worked with Jeff Conklin a (author of Dialogue Mapping: Building Shared Understanding of Wicked Problems) during his early research on the technology needed to support the IBIS methodology in the “real world.”   Since January 2011, KC has been the Director of Training at CogNexus.

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The Importance of Managing Energy.

From Michael Gelb’s new book: Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius:

In recent years, the best thinking on leadership and organizational performance has shifted away from the idea of managing time to recognize the importance of managing energy. One of the pioneers of this shift, Professor James Clawson, of the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, explains, “Leadership is about managing energy, first in yourself and then in those around you.

Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, authors of the New York Times bestseller The Power of Full Engagement, came to similar conclusions. They explain,

  • “Managing energy, not time, is the key to enduring high performance.”
  • “Positive energy rituals—highly specific routines for managing energy—are the key to full engagement and sustained high performance.”
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The Systems and Processes of Decision Management

Decision Management Solutions specializes in helping organizations build decision-centric, action-oriented systems and processes using an approach of decision management, business rules and advanced analytic technologies. Their collaborative decision modeling software, Decisions First Modeler, is a cornerstone for developing requirements for these next generation systems and processes.

One of the principals and author of Decision Management Systems(IBM Press) and The MicroGuide to Process and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN, James Taylor joined me for an overview of the subject.  If you would like to take a deeper dive James has an on-line program on January 6th that covers Decision modeling with the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard.

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Drowning in Work?

Jim Benson’s new work, Why Limit WIP: We are Drowning in Work (MemeMachine Series) (Volume 2), was at the center of our conversation in this podcast. Jim’s company Modus Cooperandi combines Lean principles with Agile methodologies from software design, and the communications revolutions of social media, as a process and tool infrastructure. Jim is best known for his seminal work, Personal Kanban. He is @ourfounder on Twitter.

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Short of Capacity, Short of Resources?

A thought leader in organizational project and resource management, Jerry Manas is frequently cited by leading voices in the world of business, including legendary management guru Tom Peter. You may know Jerry from his book, Napoleon on Project Management: Timeless Lessons in Planning, Execution, and Leadership. This interview centered on Jerry’s latest work which is a subject matter that I have been spending a lot of time with lately, The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook: A Guide to Maximizing the Value of Your Limited People Resources.

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An Instruction Manual for Innovation

David Hamme enjoys helping leaders uncover opportunities, examine problems from new angles, and executing the plan to bring them to fruition. His goal is to make your life easier and supercharge your performance.  His recent book, Customer Focused Process Innovation: Linking Strategic Intent to Everyday Execution is compilation of his thoughts and processes that he uses.

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Lean Mapping Consists of More Than 1 Tool

I found Steven Borris use of Lean Mapping quite different in his book Strategic Lean Mapping. One that included Big Picture Map, Process Mapping, Capacity Mapping, Value-Stream Mapping, and closing with how to use this information for better problem solving and decision making. The tools within the maps are quite common for a Lean Practitioner. Listen and enjoy the Scottish Accent.

Steve is a manufacturing advisor and continuous improvement expert and does this at Productivity Jigsaw.

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Lean in the Food Processing Industry

Jerry Rosenthal started on his process improvement journey where he entered the world of medical device and worked with such companies like Cardinal Health. Jerry’s expertise is primarily in regulated environments such as food, beverage and pharmaceutical production and packaging. Jerry has been successful at taking principles and tools from manufacturing and applying them to a commercial business practice, and he does that at Lean Six Sigma Expert.

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Using the Lean Startup Method for Product Branding

Author Laura Busche joined me for a conversation about startup branding. Her book is based on the Lean StartupTM Principles and is titled; Lean Branding (Lean (O’Reilly)). It is part of the Lean Startup series of books by O'Reilly.

Lean Branding is a practical toolkit that helps you build your own robust, dynamic brands that generate conversion. You’ll find over 100 DIY branding tactics and inspiring case studies, and step-by-step instructions for building and measuring 25 essential brand strategy ingredients, from logo design to demo-day pitches, using The Lean Startup methodology’s Build-Measure-Learn loop.

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Masters on Zero to One

The book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future , presents a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places. From the book,

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Copying others takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace; they will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

Blake Masters was a student at Stanford Law School in 2012 when his detailed notes on Peter Thiel’s class “Computer Science 183: Startup.” The notes became an internet sensation. Before writing Zero to One with Peter, Blake co-founded Judicata, a legal research technology startup, and worked at Box and Founders Fund

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Designing Your Online Experience

Dana Sednek Bowler specializes in eLearning, virtual meetings/collaboration, project management, analytics tools & strategies, and leadership facilitation. She puts these skills to work at Interaction Associates as the online learning manager.

Interaction Associates is a leading global innovator of proven solutions that transform the way people work — to deliver extraordinary business results, or, what we call, Return on InvolvementTM. The firm helps global organizations build high-involvement, collaborative cultures by developing their leaders, teams, and change agents. IA offers customized consulting, learning and development, and coaching services. It was named one of Training Industry's Top 20 Leadership Training Companies 2012 - 2014, and was named to their Content Development Watch List in 2012 - 2014.

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