Incorporating agile methods into product development

Evidently “going agile” it is not as easy as turning a light switch on and off. With increasing responsibilities and workloads, Product Managers sometimes find it challenging to manage their product development teams while fielding questions and demands from marketing, sales and other stakeholders.

agile methodsIn his article, Jeff Lash, writer of the popular blog, How To Be A Good Product Manager, highlights the benefits of an agile product development strategy and draws attention to how organizations are using agile methods to improve their overall process. Lash asserts that more and more organizations turn to agile methods “to help them be more responsive to changes in the market;” to improve collaboration by creating “better working relationships among all the team members, increase shared accountability, and keep projects focused on customer and market needs.”

So, how can implementing agile methods improve (rather than complicate) the product development process?

Exploring agile methods: Trends, news and best practices

Today, I am excited to introduce a new agile blog series. In this series, we will address questions like the one above. We will share the latest news related to agile project and product development, explore emerging trends and examine new strategies and frameworks. We will also provide you with practical advice and tips from some of the leading agile product development management bloggers.

We want this to be an interactive process. We will be occasionally posting thought-provoking questions on our Quora page and in our LinkedIn group. Keep an eye out for them, and join the conversation!

I’m looking forward to connecting and hearing from community members and discovering the lessons you have learned in agile and experiences you may have had while implementing agile methods. Join the conversation to share your stories, concerns and ideas on ‘going agile’.

If you have any topics related to agile that you would like to see covered, get in touch with me, I will be happy to hear from you. I will leave you all with an excerpt from the The Agile Manifesto:

“Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

Working software over comprehensive documentation

Customer collaboration over contract negotiation

Responding to change over following a plan

That is, while there is value in the items on

the right, we value the items on the left more.”


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