Conteneo Blog

Backlogs, BLACKlogs and Dreamlogs - Entrepreneurial Agility

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Nov 11, 2016 3:54:26 AM

The central tool of managing work in Scrum/Agile teams is the backlog, "an ordered list of everything that might be needed in the product and is the single source of requirements for any changes to be made to the product." (ref)

And that's mostly true. But it doesn't reflect the reality of Agile, especially for Product Managers with an entrepreneurial spirit (hmmm... all of us). The reality of Agile is that there are three "logs" - the Backlog, the BLACKlog and the Dreamlog. In this post I'll share which of these are normal, which are healthy and which are dangerous and how to fix them.

Let's start with your backlog, since that's the one log we all have!

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Topics: Agile, backlog, blacklog, Collaboration, dreamlog, Every Voice Engaged, product manager, product owner, Scrum

The Role of Passion in Portfolio Prioritization

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Sep 9, 2016 2:41:37 PM

Everyone who knows me knows that I like to read a lot of stuff. And I like to share the articles and books that have made a positive impact in my world.

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Topics: Agile, Buy a Feature, Decision Engine, geoffrey Moore, Horizon thinking, McKinsey, Participatory Budgeting

Play Two Games to Change the World

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Aug 28, 2016 11:32:30 PM

At the end of my both my Agile 2015 Keynote and my Agile Australia 2016 keynote I challenged attendees to play two games to change the world. While this sounds great, some of the attendees pointed out that they felt a bit lost: they didn’t know which games they could play to change the world, let alone which games they could play to address problems they’re facing at work.

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Topics: Uncategorized

We Played MORE Than Two Games - And Changed the World!

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Jul 14, 2016 1:25:13 AM

Dear Agile 2016 Attendees -

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Topics: Decision Engine, Deliberative Decision Making, Every Voice Engaged, Participatory Budgeting, Strategy Engine, Uncategorized

Frameworks for Agile Adoption / Agile Teaching

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Apr 20, 2016 6:11:13 PM

I was talking with Tarang Patel, one of our Certified Collaboration Instructors (CCIs), about various frameworks that we use for helping teams adopt more Agile practices or in Agile classes and thought the broader community might enjoy the fruits of our conversations. We'll cover:

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Topics: Uncategorized

Learning to Deliberate: A Letter to Bloomberg, Schultz and Billionaires

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Mar 14, 2016 1:51:00 PM

It pains me when billionaires who are trying to make America better face the same challenges as ordinary citizens creating high-impact results that improve outcomes, especially when Conteneo and our community of Certified Collaboration Architects have developed solutions to these challenges through Deliberative Decision Making, Participatory Budgeting and other forms of scalable civic engagement.

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Topics: Collaboration Cloud, Decision Engine, Deliberative Decision Making, Every Voice Engaged, Idea Engine, Participatory Budgeting

Building the Budget from Zero: Online Participatory Budgeting in San José,CA

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Feb 22, 2016 12:05:13 PM

Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San José City Council, in partnership with the Every Voice Engaged Foundation and Conteneo Inc., invite San José residents to participate online in a citywide participatory budgeting event during the week of February 22, 2016.

The hour-long online “zero-based” budgeting sessions will provide residents with an opportunity to get involved in their government and community and impact the city budget.


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Topics: Budget Games, Collaboration, Events, Every Voice Engaged, News, Participatory Budgeting, San Jose

SolutionsIQ and Conteneo Inc. Announce Partnership Agreement.

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Feb 1, 2016 5:35:46 PM

SolutionsIQ Agile Consultants to leverage the Conteneo Collaboration Cloud to increase Business Agility.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- February 1, 2016. Today, SolutionsIQ, a leading provider of Agile Consulting services, and Conteneo Inc., the leading provider of team-based collaboration solutions, announced a partnership in which SolutionsIQ consultants will gain access to the Conteneo Collaboration Cloud’s Idea Engine and Decision Engine to support distributed collaboration.

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Topics: Agile, Collaboration, customer, Decision Engine, Idea Engine, Multidimensional Collaboration, Partner News, partners, press release

Conteneo Appoints Community Engagement Guru Mark Finnern to its Strategic Advisory Board

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Jan 19, 2016 2:28:35 PM

Finnern brings deep experience in collaboration, community building and engagement as Conteneo launches its all-new visual collaboration platform Idea Engine 2.0.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- January 19, 2016. Today, Conteneo Inc. announced that Mark Finnern, founder of Playful Enterprises and former Chief Community Evangelist of the SAP Community Network, has joined Conteneo’s advisory board. 

Mark Finnern

“We are thrilled to have a leader of Mark’s caliber join our advisory board,” said Conteneo CEO & Founder Luke Hohmann. “Our mission is to enable an organization’s employees, stakeholders and customers to effectively and easily collaborate and speed decision-making, whether they are in the same room or across time zones. Mark’s experience in building and nurturing collaborative community networks will be invaluable as we launch the newest evolution of our visual collaboration platform Idea Engine 2.0 to bring the power of multidimensional collaboration to organizations around the world.”

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Topics: advisory board, community engagement, Partner News, press release

Multidimensional Collaboration and Multiple Waves of Agility

Posted by Luke Hohmann on Jan 19, 2016 12:13:28 AM


Three Waves of Agile - From SolutionsIQ


Charlie Rudd, CEO of SolutionsIQ, a Conteneo customer and partner, just published The Third Wave of Agile, a very insightful post that compactly describes how Agile has progressed from single teams, to multiple teams (Agile at Scale), to the entire enterprise (Business Agility). As a leader in the Agile movement since 2003, I find myself agreeing with his insights. More importantly, I also believe that his graph on industry maturity applies to the changes a single organization realizes as they pursue business agility: they start with teams, move to scale and then focus on the enterprise.

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Topics: Agile, Collaboration Cloud, Collaboration Frameworks, Decision Engine, Idea Engine, Uncategorized