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  • TDD Inside, Outside, Upside Down
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    By: David Laribee   Test-Driven Development: Really, It’s a Design Technique Test-driven Development (TDD) is by now an established technique for delivering better software faster and sustainably over time. TDD is based on a simple idea: write a failing test before you...
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  • Anne's End of Year Letter
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    Anne, thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. Let’s look back at this momentous year. What are some of the highlights you’d like to share with us? It's been a rollercoaster of a year with good...
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  • Dojo Discovery Sprint
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    In the spirit of continuous improvement, we saw an opportunity to improve our dojo experience for teams that want to test their product ideas (and their designs) before committing to building them. The Thomson Reuters Litigation Analytics team...
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  • There’s a Gap in Your Agile Methodology Part 2...
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    In the previous blog, we addressed the fact that every agile methodology has a gap in defining the “product piece”, i.e. the secret sauce of figuring out where to invest, what to build, and how to discover, deliver, and...
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  • There's a Gap in Your Agile Methodology No One...
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    Agile methodologies rock at outlining process and mechanics. We learn the rules, the ceremonies, and the boxes we need to check to obtain a predictable, repeatable process. Additionally, many methodologies these days (and the Xtreme Programming methodology in the...
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  • Measuring Product Impact & Doing Something About It...Like For...
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    These days everyone is talking about the importance of measuring product impact, but are we really doing it? In cases where we are really doing it, are we really learning and making adjustments based on it? For the November Jam...
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  • Jam Session: Artificial Intelligence in the Real World
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    AI delivers value when it moves out of the sand box. In our next Jam Session, we’ll explore pragmatic and accessible AI, with some exciting examples of applied deep learning and how data science is driving the next generation...
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  • Agile Day Twin Cities 2018
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    Agile Day is a one-day conference established to create a forum for agile practitioners in the Twin Cities area to join together to share their experiences, challenge their thinking, grow their skills and learn from others. Smarter Agile Scaling...
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  • Agile Day Chicago 2018
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    Agile Day Chicago is a one-day conference established to create a forum for agile practitioners in the Chicago area to join together to share their experiences, challenge their thinking, grow their skills and learn from others. Smarter Agile Scaling...
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  • Product Discovery & Product Delivery Public Training
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    You’ve been asking, and we’ve been listening. We’re stoked to announce that we’ll be offering two public sessions of DevJam’s Product Discovery and Product Delivery course (Minneapolis & San Francisco) This course is for anyone interested in learning to question...
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  • A Day in the Life: Thoughts Thought By an...
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    By: Sharon Peterson Misgen This month, DevJam Agile Coach Sharon Peterson Misgen provides a lucid and candid account of a day-in-the-life of an agile coach. From the initial meeting with the team (in this specific...
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  • Software and Construction – No, It’s Not the Same
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    Nearly everyday someone compares building software to building a house, and nearly every day that analogy proves to be a poor one. “Well you see first you have to dig the basement and then…” Although clear and easy to...
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  • Innovations in User Experience
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    As the field of UX (User Experience) expands its reach to CX (Customer Experience) and is inevitably impacted by EX (Employee Experience), it can be a struggle simply to sift through all of the acronyms being bandied about. During...
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  • Anne Featured on Schmidt List Podcast
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    Anne Steiner joins Kurt Schmidt on the Schmidt list talking Product Management. The Schmidt List is a weekly show made to inspire people who manage projects, build digital products and lead teams in design and technology hosted by Kurt...
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  • June Jam Session - JIRA: Does it suck or...
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    For our June Jam Session, we explored a question that’s been perplexing humankind for... well, at least a few years now. Does Jira suck or does it rock? DevJam tools dude, Brandon Huff, joined us for an audience choice, round...
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  • Anne Steiner at Agile2018: Building the Wrong Thing Faster
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    Our very own Anne Steiner will be presenting at this year's Agile Alliance conference, Agile 2018, taking place in San Diego August 6-10th. Here is a preview of her talk (August 8th, 2018). Building the Wrong Thing Faster: Two Delivery...
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  • How NLM Reduced Time-to-Market!
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    In the spring of 2017, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) set out to rebuild its DOCLINE product. DOCLINE, NLM’s automated interlibrary loan request routing and referral system, enables the efficient sharing of medical literature resources among over 2,100...
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  • Twin Cities Product Conf 2018
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    Join us Monday, May 7th, at the Minnesota History Center, where we'll be exploring the question: How Wrong Are You Willing To Be? For years, we struggled to GSD (get stuff done). This has changed in the recent past, and we...
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  • Thomson Reuters Development Excellence: A Peek Inside The Dojo
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    In our previous newsletter, we shared the story of how Thomson Reuters is working to transform product delivery teams using the dojo teaching method. The following will provide further insight into what actually happens inside the dojo. Each team spends...
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  • Jam Session - Deep Learning & Robotics
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    Following our mid-February Jam Session, David Frenk kindly provided further resource material related to his brilliant presentation. Vito Carleone uses some basic C++ for the embedded programming and a lot of bash scripting for smoothing out the pipeline. I'll be putting up that...
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  • Code Freeze 2018: Microservice Architectures
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    Once again, we're teaming up with UMSEC to bring you Code Freeze, a one-day conference tailored to our software engineering community.  Join us Thursday, January 11th, for a day of keynotes, presentations, and conversations focused on microservice architectures. Head...
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  • Thomson Reuters Development Excellence Dojo: The Journey Begins
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    There’s a grand experiment in learning going on in the lower level of the Thomson Reuter’s Eagan campus. For context, last year, a group at Thomson Reuters was tasked with identifying best practices for software product development. They called...
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  • Hitting the Product Groove with SPS Commerce
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    Have you ever felt like you are finally getting the flywheel spinning, hitting a groove, checking things off the list and getting pretty good at delivery? Have you even then wondered, where are we going? Is our backlog just...
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  • Value over Process: Contextual Agility at Bluebeam
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    Bluebeam is a rapidly growing Pasadena-based software company constantly looking to improve. The leaders at Bluebeam understand that while their teams are doing well with the mechanics of iterative development, their recent growth has led to challenges that lie...
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  • ChChChChChanges: The cPrime Purchase and More
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    As you may or may not now know, I recently sold DevJam to cPrime. I'm staying with DevJam for the near term, but I'm stepping back from leading the day to day work so I can focus on publishing thoughts...
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  • Making the Move to Product
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    Join us October 11th for the next Product Agility Session - Making the Move to Product: Avoiding the Landmines and Steering Towards Successful Patterns - which focuses on people and companies wanting to adopt "a product approach". The talks will share...
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  • Product Agility 0.2.0
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    Product Agility 0.2.0It was nice to be in a room full of people sharing ideas and experience during the second Product Agility gathering. Where the first gathering addressed principles, or How We Think, this session was about practices, or...
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  • Cynefin Masterclass
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    Dave Snowden, creator of the Cynefin framework, along with consultants from nuCognitive are offering a 2-day workshop on applying the Cynefin model in an agile world.  This course will guide attendees through some challenging questions - including how do...
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  • There's No Time Like Face Time: A 3-day Code...
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    By: Hannah Bristol There’s something about face-to-face interaction with co-workers that can’t be matched through an email, Slack message, or video chat. Although we thrive as a distributed company, the times the Boundless team can get together in-person are invaluable,...
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  • Experience Change Workshop
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    Ahead of Agile Day Chicago, Mark Graban is offering his Experience Change Workshop at a discounted rate.  This hands-on, innovative workshop takes attendees through 'a year of change' in a one-day workshop. You will learn and apply change techniques...
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  • Kotlin: A JVM Language You Should Know
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    Our September 6th Jam Session will focus on Kotlin, the JVM language that has recently overtaken Groovy on the TIOBE language popularity index. DevJammer, Tom Wadzinski has been following Kotlin for several years and has created Spring Boot and...
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  • Agile Day Twin Cities 2017
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    Riffing off the feedback from last year AntiFrAgile Day, sessions will focus on measurable impact supported by the pragmatic use of lightweight processes. The conference will be a dogma-free event, accelerating learning through story telling and intentional diversity. All conference profits...
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5dec8:00 am- 5:00 pmAgile Day Twin Cities 2018

Coaching Blog

  • Dude’s Law, Gordon Pask and The Shoveler
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    In 2010, I was awarded The Gordon Pask Award. When asked why, the committee told me it was "so that I continued doing the work I was doing", or pragmatically coaching and teaching agility. Joe Rainsberger was kind enough to call me...
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  • How Often are You Wrong?
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      While we have made great strides in challenging late integration, lack of collaboration and the obvious need for automation, we still have a ways to go when it comes to ideation, and the dangerous amount of certainty we have...
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  • Adventures in Product Piracy
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    Click here to watch all the unedited video piracy Agile 2014 in Orlando was invaded by DevJam Product Pirates. Process mongers and project wonks were given a chance to learn more about product thinking and pragmatic design tools. We...
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  • Learning from Playing: Coaching Game Developers
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    The past few days I've been coaching at a game development studio. Of the many things that were inspiring, their fun and collaboratively informative stand ups deserve immediate praise. Imagine: a room of 30 people breezing through a stand up,...
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  • Marshalls, Mardi Gras and Regret-tro-spectives
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    If Hendrix Made a Fridge The DevJam lounge, known as the 46th Street Entry (after the 7th Street Entry at 1st Ave), got a new fridge this week. Unlike most boring fridges, it is a replica of a Marshall stack...
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  • DevJam Sponsored All Girls Robotics Team Wins for Innovation
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    Practical Philanthropy DevJam has always made intentional investments in philanthropic endeavors as part of PhiloJam, a silent but powerful core value / entity for the company. PhiloJam is why DevJam does pro-bono coaching at Twin Cities non-profit Caring Bridge and hosts...
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  • Learing in Customer Journeys
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    Many people think of DevJam as a place to go to get coaching and courses that produce real and lasting agility. While we are stoked that we are a trusted source, we are on a quest to share our product...
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  • From Story Points to Continuous Learning
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    'Our 3-point stories are getting carried over because once we started building it, we found out it was much more difficult.  What should we do now?' We coaches hear this in a lot of different environments, especially with product teams...
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  • Gounding DevOps and Continuous Delivery
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    As we work with organizations looking to adopt a more continual ability to deliver software, some patterns start to emerge.  Once we start moving the thinking around DevOps and Continuous Delivery, the groups we work with are able to start...
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  • Story Maps are More Than “To Do” Lists –...
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    I’ve worked with many teams over the past few years helping them improve their product delivery. One of the tools I’ve helped teams learn to use is story mapping. When teams are first learning story mapping, it’s not unusual for...
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  • Keynote at PNSQC 2015
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    David Hussman recently gave a keynote called "How to Build the Wrong Thing Faster and Learn from It" as the PNSQC 2015 Conference in Portland. The talk addressed ideas and issues around helping companies embrace uncertainty and the importance...
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  • Joel discussing testing and test automation in continuous delivery
    Dealing with Test Debt
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    The lack of test automation, in most products, can be a crippling debt in trying to do quicker product learning through continuous delivery.  This test gap makes delivery in small increments uncertain - when things fail unpredictably is it the code,...
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