Jeff Patton Discusses How Agile Does Not Work

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Jeff Patton and Dave Gray discuss agile design, lean startups, design thinking, teams of teams and much more.
“For me, an agile process turns good people into order takers.” – Jeff Patton

What is valuable out of agile development? Learn that answer, what’s missing in agile development and Jeff’s ideas on where to go from here.

Streamed live on Jan 21, 2014 | Video Length 53:16

Agile Requirements & Product Management

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Understanding and communicating requirements in an Agile environment is a very different way of thinking and working. In this talk, Jeff will explain where the idea of the agile story came from and how best to write and use them. You’ll learn how stories help you manage the flow of discussion and work from big ideas all the way through to delivery. You’ll learn how to break big ideas down into organized backlogs using story mapping. You’ll learn how stories fit into a discovery process that you’ll use to better understand the challenges of your customers and users, imagine solutions, and continuously learn if you’re building things they truly value.

Jeff Patton gave this talk at Agile 2013. Released Aug 7, 2013 | Video Length: 23:34

Story Mapping & User Stories

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Many people find Jeff’s work inspirational. In this podcast, produced by the folks at Mastering Business Analysis, Jeff shares his thoughts on story mapping and user stories, really providing tons of value to listeners.  It is available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio at the following links:

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About the Mastering Business Analysis Podcast

The Mastering Business Analysis podcast is a program with the goal of elevating the role of the Business Analyst and enhancing the skills of Business Analysts everywhere.  Episodes include interviews with leaders in the business analysis community, helpful techniques, and effective practices.  Together we will explore the Business Analyst role and we’ll share information you need to achieve mastery in your role and advance in your career as a Business Analyst and beyond.

Find out more about the podcast by listening to the 7 minute introduction and begin your journey toward mastering business analysis.

Episode 1: Introduction to the Mastering Business Analysis Podcast

Link to the Mastering Business Analysis podcast in iTunes (all episodes): all episodes

Story Mapping for UX Practitioners Virtual Seminar

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UIE Story Mapping Seminar pageThis virtual seminar was broadcast in September 2011 by Jared Spool’s UIE. Here story mapping is described from a user experience practitioner’s perspective. But, between us, it’s pretty much the same thing.

Navigate to UIE to see more details and watch the seminar. Warning, that if you’re not already a member, you may need to shell out a little cash to get access…but not too much. And, you can get access to tons of other valuable content.

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Agile Development is More Culture Than Process

Why thinking of agile as culture and not just process explains resistance and difficulty in teaching and learning the approach

Culture, not process

Josh_PhotoI’d been working with Josh and lots of others at his company for many months aiding with their agile adoption. Finally, things were beginning to go smoothly. The team was productive and happy – and we were making good progress on the product we were building. One day when passing in the hall, Josh said to me:

“I finally figured something out. Agile development is a culture, not a process.”