• HoA #50: The Product Community of Practice w/ Petra Wille

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    Abstract: The Product Community of Practice

    Recently, Petra published the findings of her study on how to establish and grow a product community of practice based on interviewing 100-plus practitioners.

    During this talk, we will learn from Petra what survey results stood out for her and whether there is something like “best practices” to start your CoP.

    Meet Petra Wille

    Petra Wille is an independent product leadership coach and author who’s been helping product teams boost their skill sets and up their game since 2013.

    For the past four years, her work has focused on helping product leaders build outcome-oriented product teams.

    Petra is dedicated to sharing her knowledge with the broader product community. In January 2021, Petra published STRONG Product People: A Complete Guide to Developing Great Product Managers. The book has already generated a lot of buzz in the product community with Martin Eriksson (Founder of ProductTank and Co-Founder of Mind the Product) calling it “the book we all needed on how to coach and empower our teams.”

    To help even more product leaders become good coaches, she developed the #52questions coaching card set in 2016.

    Alongside her freelance work, Petra is the co-organizer of Product at Heart in Hamburg, Germany.

  • HoA EXTRA: How Elon Musk Would Run YOUR Business with Joe Justice

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    Abstract: What I Learned Working for Elon Musk

    Joe Justice worked for Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk.

    In this Hands-on Agile meetup, Joe will share DX, or Digital Transformation, the agile operating system for TeslaSpeed—a term coined by the EU Commission to talk about how fast Tesla moves and how fast they need to move now.

    The 12-step DX process brings companies from where they are now toward their manifest destiny.

    Meet Joe Justice

    Joe Justice is a TED.com speaker and guest lecturer at MIT and Oxford University in England. He has been featured in Forbes five times to date, including as owner of a “Company to watch” by the Forbes Billionaire Club, cited in more than eight business paperbacks and hardcovers, and is the subject of a Discovery Channel documentary for his work creating the disciplines “Extreme Manufacturing,” “Agile Hardware,” and “The Justice Method.”

    His book “Scrum Master: The Agile Training Seminar for Business Performance” is available in seven languages.

    Joe Justice founded WIKISPEED and operated Agile@Tesla from the global headquarters of Tesla‘s Fremont, California.

    Meet Joe on LinkedIn, Twitter, and visit his website.

  • HoA #51: Fast, #NoWaste Agile Estimating w/ Ron Lichty

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    Abstract: The Product Community of Practice

    “If only Agile had a way to predict when things would be done…” clients have said to Ron.

    The thing is, Ron points out, Agile does have a way to predict when things will be done. Even better, it’s remarkably easy. And in fact better (possibly an order of magnitude better!) than any other approach his teams have ever used.

    He claims he even had a product owner say, “I didn’t know estimating could be FUN!”

    Relative sizing (true relative sizing) combined with velocity (the averaged pace of a stable team’s accomplished work per sprint) lets anyone march down the backlog and predict: “we’ll be about here on August 26th”, and ask, “do we have the right stuff above the line?” It’s not magic. (But it works like magic!)

    Some agilists tell us that estimating does not provide value. Unfortunately, execs keep asking us for estimates! It turns out, we can reply with remarkably helpful answers using techniques that are useful not only for estimating but also for chartering and even team-building.

    During this workshop, we’ll use a simulation to actually practice estimating that works.

    By attending this session, you will:

    • Understand why absolute estimating is futile
    • Effectively execute relative sizing yourself
    • Understand the prerequisites for effective estimating
    • Avoid the pitfalls agile teams too often fall into that undercut effective estimating
    • Combine relative sizing and measures of velocity to predict what will be completed and when.

    Meet Ron Lichty

    Ron Lichty, based in San Francisco and Seattle, consults with software and product teams and organizations globally to make software development “hum”. Ron’s fifth book, Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams, published by Addison Wesley, has been compared by many readers to programming classics The Mythical Man-Month and Peopleware. Ron also co-authors the periodic Study of Product Team Performance.

    Principal and owner of Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc., he has trained teams in Scrum, transitioned teams from waterfall to agile, coached teams already using agile to make their software development "hum", and trained managers in managing software people and teams. He takes on interim VP Engineering roles and to other clients provides VPE-level guidance and advice to untangle the knots in software development and transform chaos to clarity.

    He has led teams and organizations at companies like Apple Computer, Fujitsu, Charles Schwab, Avenue A / Razorfish, Forensic Logic, Stanford, Check Point, and dozens of startups of all sizes. He co-chairs the Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Community, Managing Software Teams in Seattle, and the Enterprise Agile Global Community.