How to raise a “gap” and “solution idea” which will make it onto the Rangers backlog

We have three major goals for the next few months. Continuous simplification based on retrospective feedback and learning. Focus (razor-sharp) on win:win and high-value “gap-filling” solutions, as outlined in our mission. Innovate from our well-established PDF-on-CodePlex delivery channel, to a more responsive and effective solution. This post touches on the first two goals … watch…

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An antidote to drowning in email and losing sight of the important communication threads

This post is primarily intended for my fellow ALM Rangers, but should add some value to anyone dealing with a lot of email. What’s a lot? Imagine asking 150+ passionate engineers a simple open-the-can-of-worms question. Within less than an hour I had 50 beefy (not one liner) replies. The next morning I cracked up laughing…

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Fun of PM.4 … Advocate and evangelise

After covering Persona, Energise and Enable, we have reached the end of the series with this post focused on Advocate. We will also take a quick look at questions that were raised against recent posts and conclude with a snapshot of a week in Willy’s PM world. evangelise The Program Manager is the spokesperson, the…

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An inspiring Scrom (Scrum) course and the question whether we are dysfunctional?

I had the pleasure of attending an inspiring Professional Scrum Master course, delivered by none other than David Starr himself. why scrom? Just a joke or mistype by the staff at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse, which was a phenomenal venue for the workshop. We all felt like going “back to the future” and even had…

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Fun of PM.3 … Orchestrate and enable

After covering Persona and Energize in the Fun of PM.1 and Fun of PM.2 posts, it is time to focus on Enable. The concept of enabling the team has been mentioned as a side-effect in connection with leveraging and orchestrating resources, removal of impediments and leadership. In this post we will focus explicitly on  building…

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Fun of PM.2 … Energi[s|z]ing the team

Continuing with the program management (PM) persona from Fun of PM.1 … Persona within the ALM Rangers, we focus on Energize in this post. We focus today’s post on Energize, which breaks down into leverage, mentor, and remove impediments sub-topics. leverage The Program Manager (PM) leverages resources and orchestrates agendas, skills, and personalities to encourage…

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Fun of PM.1 … Persona within the ALM Rangers

We are transitioning and evolving our ecosystem, infrastructure, process, and leadership of the ALM Rangers program as part of our continuous quest for reflection, improvement, and adaption. In conjunction with peer mentorship programs and associated discussions we concurred that is time to create a new series of posts to document the program management (PM) persona…

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Program Management – Are some of the ALM Rangers Symbiotic PM’s?

After a great discussion with two phenomenal Program Managers @ Microsoft (Gregg Boer and Aaron Bjork) I developed another brain implosion, followed by a few background threads that were pondering over how to become more effective as an ALM Ranger and how to become more effective as Program Manager. What are we covering today? Revisiting…

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Program Management – Thinking about PM != PM and Visual Studio ALM Rangers (Part 2)

18 days ago I posted Program Management – Thinking about PM != PM and the PM role in Microsoft which explored my understanding of the Program Manager and the associates roles and responsibilities, based on the PM course I attended. Well, since then I have been digesting the information further (my background threads are not…

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Program Management – Thinking about PM != PM and the PM role in Microsoft

Doing a substantial amount of program management as part of the Visual Studio ALM Rangers “virtual” team ecosystem, which we outlined in Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Reflections on Virtual Teams, I decided to attend a”Program Management” course. It was probably the best decision and investment in time I have made for a long time,…

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