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  • Blog Post: Program Management Blog Posts at Your Fingertips

    “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra.” — H.E. Luccock Welcome to my roundup of blog posts from across Microsoft on the art and science of Program Management . The Program Manager role is a very powerful one. I think of it as a technical entrepreneur that...
  • Blog Post: Why So Many Ideas Die or Don't Get Adopted

    I didn’t know whether to call this why adoption fails, or why ideas die, but regardless, they are deeply related. After all, one of the main reasons ideas die is that they don’t get adopted, so they fizzle out. It’s usage that gives an idea enough legs to blossom and bloom. I see the same recurring patterns...
  • Blog Post: Spend $100 to Prioritize Your Opportunities

    The key to shipping value is making sure your users, value what you ship.  On the Microsoft patterns & practices team, we used a technique we called "Spend $100."  This was a highly effective way to prioritize our backlog and bubble up the most valuable things to do.  It...
  • Blog Post: Value is the Short-Cut for Building Better Products

    It's easy to build what's possible.  It's tough to build what's valued. If there's one thing I've learned from shipping stuff, doing competitive assessments, working closely with customers, and doing a lot of in-depth feature analysis ... it's that value is the short-cut for building better products...
  • Blog Post: Agile Methodology in Microsoft patterns & practices

    “I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” -- Vincent Van Gogh I find myself mentoring on Agile practices and Agile methodology on a regular basis.  More and more teams are needing to stay connected with customers, respond to change, and flow value along the...
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