Waterfall, agile, XP, lean – these are all processes and methodologies. But it’s still a team of humans building the software. And how the team works together is crucial; we’ve all been on projects where more time was spent on … Read more
A highly-functioning software team has parallel development and design cycles. Developers and PMs work on building the software, while PMs and designers work together to ensure that the software will meet the user needs. But as a designer, how do … Read more
There are often times when you’re building a feature, and have broken it into smaller user stories. But this new feature won’t be completed for a month, and you’re releasing into production every week. You can’t break the continuous integration … Read more
Anyone familiar with agile has heard of the concept of user stories. According to every agile diagram, all you need to build software is user stories!
Except software development doesn’t quite work that way.
tl;dr: If your story … Read more
Here at Pivotal, we’ve spilled much electronic ink about giving feedback, so let’s take a seat on the other side of the table.
Receiving feedback can be tough. We all feel vulnerable when someone is pointing out mistakes … Read more
How to interview for a PM position
Product manager roles vary by company. But when you’re interviewing for a PM role, there a few basic facets to follow. You’ll not only impress the interviewer, but you’ll be able to spend … Read more
There is a myth that the Product Manager is the sole person for the success and failure of a product. It’s been boosted by the concept that PMs are the “mini-CEOs” of a product. After all, the engineering team sees … Read more
First, there was the Backlog. And code was shipped to much rejoicing. But Agile demanded more, and the Icebox was created.What is the icebox?
No, it’s not a place where you can take half-baked stories and heat them to … Read more
“Today I’m grooming the backlog”
You’ll hear PMs say this a lot at standup. It sounds fancy and glorious, like the backlog is this Wild West of Stories That Must Be Tamed. But what does that really mean? In … Read more