Monday, September 17, 2007

New Tech Group in Austin -

Eighty people showed for the first meeting of Jim Van Riper - VP of Product Planning and Development at Troux Technologies talked about Agile in his company. Some of the items that struck me:
1. Staff turnover is good - it brings in new blood.
2. Don't focus on the customer, focus on the customer's boss.
3. Ask why the customer needs a new feature to learn more about how they use the product.
4. The Product Owner should not reside in a separate group, like marketing, but the Product Owner should have complete control of the means of production.
AgileAustin looks like it will be a great group.

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