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Gojko Adzic
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Christian Hassa and I are running a free open-space discussion on flexible scope and agile requirements in London on December 6th. We plan to talk about effective user stories, impact mapping, story mapping and so on. If this is of interest, sign up at http://flexscope-gpf.eventbrite.co.uk/ - we have space only for 20 people.
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Gojko Adzic
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Video of my XP2013 keynote - Make Impacts, not Software
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I know that a few of us will be in Nashville in a couple of weeks for #agile2013.  I wanted to get a handle on who all will be there and whether we wanted to get together to talk more about #this, or perhaps that...
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Happy to join you, I'll be there.
Missed the history of #this - like that name:-)
Reminds me of a band... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_The

Something completely different:
If you happen to be in Nashville before the conf, I'm hosting a Temenos personal growth lab with Michael Sahota:
http://agile-2013-temenos-estw.eventbrite.ca
Hugs, see ya soon!
Olaf
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Gojko Adzic
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The Product Owner Survival Camp is coming back in October. Based on the feedback from the first group of participants, we decided to completely restructure the event. It will be bigger and better, expanded to two days, and we’ve teamed up with thought leaders in the field to give the participants a wider variety of opinions and experiences. The next camp will be on 10 and 11 October 2013 in Vienna, Austria, co-organised by the wonderful people at TechTalk. There will be four half-day workshops, by David Evans, Christian Hassa, Chris Matts and me, on impact mapping, feature injection, user story mapping and effective user stories.

For more info, and to register, go to http://www.techtalk.at/posurvivalcamp
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I ran across "Strategic Doing," a regional development process being spearheaded by +Ed Morrison at my alma matter, Purdue University. This seems like a very similar set of concepts, applied to a very different space.

I was especially intrigued by the line, "a new agile strategy discipline."

1. This message is a reminder to check out more about this work when I have some free time. (http://www.edmorrison.com/)
2. We may want to collaborate with him on our ideas. 
3. We may want to use the name "Strategic Doing." (It rocks, doesn't it?!)
4. We may want invite him to speak at #ThisCon. 
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Yup, good stuff here.  Exactly how I've approached (part of the) development of a business analytics strategy for my client.  Identified opportunities to get "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" value from the portfolio, as well as opportunities for products to make each other "better" by standing on each other's shoulders.
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Thinking about #THIS  from a B2B2C perspective...

Michael Porter's strategy article ($7 from HBR, free if you google it) has got me excited for a couple workshops I'm doing with my client tomorrow.  Step (1) - define what strategy our customers need to have for them to succeed.  Step (2) - use the activity mapping exercise that Porter demonstrates to reflect what our customers should be focused on.  Step (3) - then start investing in analysis of our (where "us" == my client) portfolio and investment strategy of what we go build.

In essence the "right thing" for us to build for our customer is a function of their strategy for delivering the right thing for their customers.  So we have to know both (a) their strategy, and (b) what that therefore means when defining the right thing for their customers.

Was wondering if folks in this group are mostly doing B2C, B2B, or B2B2C stuff when working on #THIS  .  As a quick poll - I'll reply to this post with some choices - like the one(s) that matches what you're doing.  Please and thank you.
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This really speaks to where I am right now as well.  Thanks so much for posting!
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Scott Sehlhorst

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Impact mapping tool request:

Hey, I'm looking for (or thinking about creating) a tool to help with impact mapping.  I know I can just use freemind (or other mindmapping tool) out of the box (except for the annotations).  but I'm wondering if there's a more-tailored-to-impact-mapping solution already out there.  My goal is to make the tool invisible to participants during creation, and minimal effort to go from "making the sausage" to "serving the sausage"

What do folks use today?  And if you have time - what are the awesome / awful things about using that tool?

TIA
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Is there an English version of the pdf at http://effectcup.com ? It looks so interesting in spite of being in a language I don't read (yet). 
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Here are my photos from #This  / Astute 31 May 2013 NYC
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My photos from #THIS 31 May meeting, to add to the collection
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Gojko Adzic
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nice overview of speclog, a techtalk tool for impact maps, story maps and user stories.... SpecLog Overview and Concepts
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Gojko Adzic
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Nice presentation by Russ Miles, lots of overlap with the ideas presented in this group, mostly from a developer perspective.

http://www.infoq.com/presentations/patterns-software-delivery
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Scott Sehlhorst

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Thanks, Scott!  I'm sure I left some of you guys out--please send me a link to your body of work, and I'll add you to the list of eminent contributors!
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Scott Sehlhorst

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Impact Mapping getting some more visibility in the linked post from Lisa Crispin.  FWIW, I've been having some really good results doing initial impact mapping workshops with product teams at my current client.  It's a boondoggle for me, as I'm "officially" working on a portfolio-level strategy, but I'm sneaking in opportunities to help out some of the teams I've been working with.
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A really important twist on understanding what true leadership is about.
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Anyone interested in sharing a session on #THIS  / #Astute @ a new conference this fall? Hotel & economy airfare included.  

I think our topic and goals fit well with their scope. 

I don't have the time to submit for this (deadline this week), but you might. 
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Gojko Adzic
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Just spoke to +Diana Larsen at XP2013 about what we're doing, she suggested that the right way forward with naming is probably to associate this thing with Agile, and perhaps run it as a program of the Agile Alliance. This way we would make a home for it on the agile alliance web site.

For example, instead of looking for a new name/movement, we just call this thing Agile Product Management or something similar.

I can see the positive side of aligning this with Agile, as it would probably get a broader base immediately. The downside would perhaps be that people who don't do agile do not identify with it.

Thoughts?
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I'm in the G+ community (finally), and happy to continue the conversation. FWIW, I'll be leaving the AgAl BoD (effective Agile2013), so my role/perspective as an "insider" will shift a bit. Kent, you captured what I thought of as the advantages. If #THIS were set up as a program, the board has little involvement in operation of programs leaving that largely to program directors. My 2¢. 
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My photos from the #ThisCon2013 planning session.
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I think you're absolutely right - this in fact was a planning session for a conference :)
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Kent McDonald

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Here are my pics from #THIS  May 31 meeting.
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