Now You Can Do the Mushy Stuff Too

Jim Highsmith said, “At the core, I believe Agile Methodologists are really about ‘mushy’ stuff… about delivering good products to customers by operating in an environment that does more than talk about people as our most important asset but actually ‘acts’ as if people were the most important, and lose the word asset.”

This simple but profound idea is the motivation behind Process Second. Process Second is a software development process that focuses on UP essentials, manages development using Scrum, and gives teams the ability to achieve organizational goals by using their strengths. I started developing the process in January and most of the high-value stories are done!


The project has a weekly release schedule so if you have a People First account – Now you can do the mushy stuff too.


Why Strengths?

Someone asked me why I am so persistent about strengths, “Why don’t you just give up?” And can People First Process Second be used without taking a strengths assessment. I am persistent about strengths – I won’t give up – because 1) my own strengths story and 2) the business case for using strengths in an organization. Of course you can use People First Process Second without taking a strengths assessment. But why would you?

The Agile Coach helps you “Put your Strengths to Work”

People First presents “Ask the Agile Coach”

This new feature gives you direct access to the Agile Coach who personally (and privately) empowers you to put your strengths to work in the SDLC. The Agile Coach will drive you to win. Certain of their faith in you, they’ll keep pushing you to do better. “Do you really think this is the best you can do?!” But they are not simply cheering or scolding you from the sidelines. Instead they are drawing on their own experience and expertise to help you. They are thrilled to be the one who offers you the secret trick, the new technique or the mind-flipping insight that allows the penny to drop. When you interact with the Agile Coach, you will know they want you to learn, and you will know they want you to act.

The Agile Coach really, really wants you to win, and will never let you off the hook.

Agile Coach Page

A Noble Product Owner Who Can Find?

Look no further than the ‘T’ optimization score.

Product Owner 'T'

The product owner that has what it takes is strong in Business Value of course. But if you really need your product owner to be a super hero they should also be strong in System Value too. When it comes to getting requested business value into your system, your product owner should care just as much as the Development Team. How valuable is a product owner who can actually write good user stories and acceptance tests? Very valuable! Your product owner super hero also needs to be strong in Process Performance. Caring about cost and schedule is vital to managing the product backlog. I tell you what … you give me a product owner who cares about Process Performace and I give you projects that don’t wrestle with gluttony or lust – two of the 7 sins of project managment. And any scrum master will tell you that a product owner strong in Development Process is one that is a pleasure to work with. No one has to keep reminding them of the rules and they are an avid coach and teacher in their own right. Last, but certainly not least, is the icing on the cake – User Experience. A product owner strong in User Experience cares that the system expresses business value in a way that makes the customers they represent very, very happy.

A noble Product Owner, who can find? This one actually exists and I hope their manager recognizes this gift and does what they need to do to help them get even stronger.