Agile Development

Rethinking the Product Dev & Corporate Dev Relationship: The 5 Half-Truths

Zuckerberg is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company. He leads the design of Facebook's service and development of its core technology and infrastructure.It is no secret that some of the most successful entrepreneurial CEOs of our time have promoted a strong “Product First” or “Customer Experience” doctrine within their organizations.  Gates, Jobs, Page, and even Zuckerberg are often cited as prominent promoters of this doctrine. Their companies were built around a strong “Product First” culture along with the recruitment and advancement of talent with strong product and technology backgrounds.

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Why PE and Agile haven’t always gone together

Agile and PE: They haven't always gone togetherHaving advised PE-backed companies, we see an unusual proportion of companies that have not yet embraced Agile software development and/or struggle to adopt it under a PE umbrella. While the majority of both startups and public companies we see have embraced Agile, why is it that this trend doesn’t carry over to PE-backed software companies? In this article we will examine this phenomenon and explore solutions for evolving to an Agile approach even in a PE-backed, modest growth software organization. (more…)