This page contains information that can be used to better prepare for the Agile Product Management Symposium.  However, it is completely optional if participants want to read/watch them.  However, advancing one's knowledge prior to the symposium will allow for even more learning at the symposium.

Below are links to webinars, blogs and articles that will be useful for anyone but were designed in particular for those attending an Agile Product Management Symposium.  (more to be added shortly)

The Agile Product Management Symposiums are intended to be highly interactive with little presentation.  However, some key concepts are very important and are not well known outside of Net Objectives.  We therefore ask that all attendees watch a few short videos prior to attending the event.  Other videos are available to provide additional solutions that will be mentioned during the event.  We’ve aggregated them so you can see which ones you are expected to have seen.  You might want to watch the others in any event as you will then be able to ask questions of the leaders of the symposiums.

Important to Watch

Net Objectives University - Agile Product Management.  Go through entire course (< 30 minutes at this time).  

Why Cross-Functional Teams Are Good. This entire webinar is good but watch from 12:00 to 28:00 to get both a solid understanding of why cross-functional teams are useful as well as an embedded video on theory of constraints.


Successful Pilots Can Sometimes Harm Agile Organizations. Sometimes, successful Agile/Scrum pilots can do more harm than good. They can hurt the organization by siphoning off valuable resources and causing resistance. Successful transitions require you to treat each pilot as an opportunity to learn WHY the pilot succeeded, the factors involved, and whether it would work elsewhere. Less than 4 minutes.

Slides Mentioned as Useful in Past Symposiums to read

During the symposium we talk about systems and how people can be organized for greater effectiveness.  Several case studies have been either presented or referred to.  These are in Using SAFe in Small & Mid-Scale Organizations, which is actually not about SAFe but rather other methods to use instead of SAFe at that size.  The first 21 minutes or so are about SAFe and how to refine how teams work together in general.  It’s useful for anyone whether doing SAFe or not.  But three case studies (starting at 21:35) are presented after that are particularly useful:

  1. Dynamic Feature Teams – how to create small teams dynamically in order to improve efficiency (21:35)

  2. How to coordinate teams working in parallel with shared backlogs (35:15)

  3. Managing the situation where you have multiple stakeholders and multiple component teams.  (41:00) This part discusses why the role of the product manager is needed

Articles to read

The Business Case for Agility. Agile is often described as iteratively building software in increments. This is a focus on the team and the mechanics of how they work. It is more effective to focus on the reason for being Agile – achieving business agility. Business agility is the ability to deliver highest business value quickly, predictably, sustainably and with high quality. Building software is not our goal, realizing business value is.  Software is often a component of this, of course.

Want to Get a Head Start?

Join our online Sailboat Game.  We use this game during the symposium to discuss and document goals, risks, things that help (wind) and impediments to defining work to be done.  Note: you will have to sign in and make an account to participate. 

Comments About Prior Symposiums

"It was one of the better symposiums I've ever attended.  I probably got more knowledge/info/exposure out of that one than the last 3 or 4 training workshops put together."

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