Do you know for sure that you are spending time on the right things?

Do you understand the problem you are trying to solve and the constraints on possible solutions?

Do you know why your organization is doing the projects that it is doing?

Do you know how to determine if your projects are a success?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, Knowledge Bridge Partners can help you and your organizations through training, coaching, and consulting.

Knowledge Bridge Partners help you strengthen your skills in applying the right business analysis techniques and practices, at the right time, to the right extent so you can help both you and your organization be more successful.

 

Services

Knowledge Bridge Partners exists to help your organization discover the right things to deliver, whether that’s products to your customers, or processes, applications, and systems for internal use in your organization. We have found that there are several ways to make that happen effectively, and have built our service offerings around those various approaches.

Interim Product Owner for Hire

If your organization does not utilize product ownership currently, either because you are too small, or you just haven’t take then opportunity to grow that capability, or you have a product ownership capability, and need to grow it, you may find the best way to establish and grow a product ownership capability is to bring in some temporary help.

Knowledge Bridge Partners can provide an experienced Product Owner for temporary assignments to get your product ownership capability established, or improved, while at the same time sharing knowledge and experience with the people you foresee practicing product ownership in the future for your organization.

We don’t want to setup camp at your organization, but we don’t want to take all of our knowledge with us when we’re done with the assignment. Therefore, a big key to success of this engagement for us is how much information have we transitioned to those who will be determining the right things to deliver going forward.

Product Ownership Advisory

Sometimes you don’t need an extra person on staff, even temporarily, but you could use an experienced, outside perspective to suggest areas for improvement, as well as point out those bad organization habits that everyone knows about, but no one talks about.

In this engagement, Knowledge Bridge Partners spends some quality time with your team or organization (usually less than a week) to get an understanding of the current state of your organization and its product ownership capability. We’ll talk to everyone doing product ownership, impacting it, or impacted by it. The end result of the site visit is a set of observations about what’s going well, what’s not going so hot (with some suggestions to improve it) and some potential risks. We may invoke a little bit of theory, but it will always influenced by a heavy dose of pragmatism.

Following that engagement, KBP staff are available for remote advisory sessions to provide a further sounding board for your product ownership challenges. We won’t always necessarily tell you what to do, we certainly won’t do it for you, but we’ll give you some ideas of what we have tried or what others have tried and will always give you a way to think through the issues in a productive manner.

Speaking

If you are looking for a speaker for your next conference, local chapter meeting, or professional development event, let me know. I strive to provide practical, insightful, and entertaining presentations on a variety of topics such as:

– Business analysis techniques
– Project management techniques
– Product ownership techniques
– Decision Making
– Strategy execution

See my latest presentations then contact me for further information.

Targeted Workshops

Sometimes you and your staff need to learn new techniques, or need to learn more about techniques you are already somewhat familiar with. To help you learn and improve, we take an approach heavily influenced by the Training from the Back of the Room approach which employs a variety of different collaborative and interactive instructional strategies to engage learners and help them learn and retain more information. We look to incorporate real life examples, preferably those of the learners themselves to help reinforce the techniques we teach and we prefer to focus on pragmatic ways to utilize techniques, understand why to use them, and determine when they are appropriate. Our goal is to teach you how to use techniques and know when to use them so you can increase your effectiveness going forward.

Our targeted workshops are structured to accomplish something other than just learning a technique, and include things such as:

– Strategy – establish goals and objectives to guide your organizations efforts, effectively establishing the criteria for deciding the right thing.
– Inception Planning – Starting initiatives to realize your organization’s strategy
– Release Planning – Revisit your initiative to determine what to do next, if anything at all
– Building and Maintaining Shared Understanding – helping teams build a shared understanding about what they are trying to deliver and keep using that understanding as a decision filter on an ongoing basis.

Contact us with the problem you are facing and we can work together to craft a workshop to address your particular need.

About

Helping organizations do the right things.

Kent-McDonald-webHi, I’m Kent J. McDonald, the solopreneur behind Knowledge Bridge Partners (KBP).  I started KBP in 2007 as a business analysis consulting firm, but soon realized that my real interest is in helping organizations do the right thing, whether it’s delivering the right solution to a business problem (often involving software) or whether it’s finding the most effective way for a non profit to fulfill it’s mission.

Where I Can Help

If you are on a project team and want help figuring out the right thing to deliver, my value management and agile training and coaching may come in handy.

If you are a non profit organization and need some help aligning what you do with your mission, my strategic consulting is right up your alley.

If you are looking for an engaging, entertaining speaker that provides immediately useful, practical advice, talk to me about talking to your group.

If you are looking for practical information (on a variety of topics) in the written form, you may find the posts I write for various outlets very helpful.

How I Can Help

The way I see it, the easiest way to do the right thing is to not do the wrong thing. The tricky bit is figuring out what is right and what is wrong, and making sure everyone involved understands the difference.

My approach is to help you learn and apply practical techniques to avoid the wrong things, and effectively do the right things.  I also work with you and your team to build the collaboration necessary for continued effectiveness.

What I’m not going to do is come in with a canned approach, silver bullets, or one sized fits all solutions.  I’m a big believer in the importance of context, and I make sure I understand your unique situation and identify the helpful techniques and approaches that will be most effective in those situations.

Why I Can Help

In the 2 decades since graduating from Iowa State University with an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Kent State University, I have gained experience in training delivery and development, business analysis, strategic planning, project management, and product development in a variety of industries including financial services, health insurance, performance marketing, human services, and automotive.

In non profit settings, I was a co-founder and Board President of the Agile Project Leadership Network (now the Agile Leadership Network), and Board President of the Greater Iowa Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I also chaired the 2009 Iowa Business Analyst Development Day and the 2013 Agile Conferences.

I wrote Beyond Requirements: Analysis with An Agile Mindset and co-wrote Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility.

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Knowledge Bridge Partners
3232 190th Street
Prole, Iowa 50229
Phone: 515.344.3290
Fax: 866.334.1361

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