My Agile is Better Than Your Agile

This blog post started with a tweet.

Truthfully though, it started a long time before the tweet.

If you've been anywhere near the Internet lately, you've likely seen some of this going around:

"Many product owners are just project managers who took on the role, and have no clue about what makes a product successful."

"AGILE PROJECT MANAGER?! I would never apply to be a job titled Agile Project Manager."

"He's not a scrum master. He's just a glorified project manager." 

And, from my own mouth, years and much shame ago, "Who cares about mapping your BRD (Business Requirements Document) to user stories? The whole exercise is useless."

Read More

How to Kill Your Organization's Wish List

I bet your company or organization has a "wish list". 

I was recently working with a client who was burdened with the task of figuring out how to clean up her organization's "wish list", which had been growing for years.
After discussing how the wish list "worked" (i.e. it DIDN'T work for anyone), it was obvious that she needed a radical approach for going through and cleaning up the list. 

If you've ever been in her shoes, this post is for you.

Read More

Product Owner Training in Salt Lake City (and Promo Code!)

I know you want me to tell you about the promo code. 

First, you have to listen to a little story. 

My Personal Agile Transformation

Some people come into your life and change everything. It may start in a subtle way, kind of like that butterfly flapping its wings. One thing leads to another, events just seem to unfold, and the domino effect takes over. Then, before you know it, you're living a different life. 

Read More

Hala-ween Giveaway!

It's Halloween! (A.k.a Halaween, if you live in my world.)

A perfect opportunity to give stuff away. Or, in other words, give back to the entrepreneurial and tech communities that I so love. (And since we're on the Hala theme, I'm calling it Hala-back Days.)

This year, I'm giving back by giving away my time. 

Read More

Let's Solve the "We found an issue and can't deliver on time" Problem

You want to know about risk early on in your projects and product development.

You really don't want to be surprised with showstopper issues that show up as you near your launch date.

You mostly want to avoid losing money on project delays, costly fixes and workarounds, or even having to start from scratch.

So then why do you continue to face scenarios where the biggest risks, issues, dependencies, and even requirements frequently get pushed much later in your development cycle than they should?

Read More

How to Start Tracking the Right Metrics and Get Results

This Saturday, I gave a talk at an event organized by one of my favorite communities: Utah Geek Events. If you read announcement #3 in my last post, you know my talk was titled "Be a Data Hero and Drive Business Results". 

After having made a number of the analytics mistakes I spoke about in the session, I knew I had to find a better way.
 

So I did. Here's what I learned..

Read More

Launch things! New halasaleh.com, 27Sprints, & Big Mountain Data Conference

A few things to announce today, and it feels really good to be able to share!

  1. The website (www.halasaleh.com) is undergoing a major overhaul, and yes, there will be new blog posts!
  2. I am launching my new company, 27Sprints. My focus will be to use lean startup and agile product development concepts to help companies and entrepreneurs (you know how I love 'em) strategize, plan, and deliver successful products. 
Read More