Knowledge Bridge Partners (KBP) exists to help your team and organization do the right things to satisfy business needs or align with your mission. We have found that there are several ways to make that happen effectively, and have built our service offerings around those various approaches.
Product Owner Player/Coach
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.
KBP has experienced Product Owners 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 for your organization in the future.
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 determine the right things to do going forward.
Product Ownership Checkup
Sometimes you don’t need an extra person on staff, 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, KBP spends quality time with your team or organization (3 – 5 days) 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 is 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.
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.
If you are looking for a speaker for your next conference, local chapter meeting, or professional development event, let us know. We 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 our latest presentations then contact us for further information.