Tami Reiss

Biography

  • Tracker Secrets: Adding a Story to an epic

    Tracker Secrets: Adding a Story to an epic

    Four ways (that I know of, but there maybe more) to add a story to an epic: 1) Add the epic label to the story. (Got to go to with the easy one first, right?) 2) Be on the specific … Read more

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  • What have we done? Pivotal Tracker Knows

    What have we done? Pivotal Tracker Knows

    Today, I took over a project from another product manager. I wanted to see all of the features that had previously been delivered. In the past, I’ve opened the “Done” tab, expanded all of the past...

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  • Sprint vs. Iteration

    Sprint vs. Iteration

    At Pivotal we have a weekly Iteration Planning Meeting, or IPM for short. Often when I explain what happens in this meeting, I say “It’s our version of a sprint planning meeting.” I’ve also been...

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  • Don't jump to a solution (IRL)

    Don't jump to a solution (IRL)

    Below is a real life example of why you should talk about the problem, not your proposed solution. Last week, my friend Jay texted and asked me if I was going to be around Saturday afternoon. I...

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  • AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Pivotal Product

    AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Pivotal Product

    Yesterday we hosted an AMA about Product Management and what PM’s do at Pivotal Labs. During the chat we covered: – The difference between Project and Product Management – What tools we use at...

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  • Agile vs. Lean vs. Lean Agile

    Agile vs. Lean vs. Lean Agile

    Agile and Lean have been around for decades. Their marriage for software development has a long history as well. Yet, there is still a lot of confusion around what the difference is between them...

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  • The importance of the TIMELY follow-up

    The importance of the TIMELY follow-up

    Last week at the Women2.0 City Meetup in NYC, I asked Fran Hauser a question: What was the worst thing that a startup could do when working with her? Fran thought about it for a second, and...

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  • Product Office Hours: Knotable onboarding flow

    Product Office Hours: Knotable onboarding flow

    Below is a post from Angus McLeod of Knotable about his experience with Pivotal Product Office Hours. It was originally posted on their blog. You may know Pivotal for their great enterprise...

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  • My PM Origin Story

    My PM Origin Story

    This past week, I was asked to write up my career journey for Inventing Heron, which aims to inspire people to find their ideal career. It was not the first time I’d been asked how I became a...

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  • Demo This! How to ROCK your product demo

    Demo This! How to ROCK your product demo

    In June, I was honored to be a guest instructor for the NYC Big Apps participants. I chose to speak about something I’m very passionate about, best practices in giving a product demo. Too often, I...

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  • 10 steps to a successful project handoff

    10 steps to a successful project handoff

    At Pivotal, we rotate developers, designers, and product managers during a project. One of the reasons we do this is that we want our clients’ to have confidence in their own ability to make...

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  • Camp Interactive Visits Pivotal Labs NYC

    Camp Interactive Visits Pivotal Labs NYC

    There are many programs that help high school kids learn how to code. Camp Interactive is a local non-profit that is inspiring the next generation of tech leaders in underserved communities....

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  • Deciphering PM Lingo

    Deciphering PM Lingo

    I’m often asked for a list of terms a new Product Manager should know. This may be because someone is trying to get a PM gig or because they’re working at an Agile shop for the first time....

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  • OMG, Stop using abbreviations!

    OMG, Stop using abbreviations!

    This past weekend, my sister sent me a text message that she was in “CH”. I assumed this meant Clinton Hill (a popular neighborhood in Brooklyn). In fact, she meant Crown Heights (a different...

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  • Play Games with Me!

    Play Games with Me!

    This past week, we led a Discovery and Framing session with a new client. At Pivotal, the 2 week D+F (as we call it) is an exploration into what should be built. We look into who the target...

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  • Happy Retros

    Happy Retros

    As part of the regular maintenance for teams at Pivotal we have weekly retrospective meetings, or “Retro”s. For those of you that are not familiar, it is an hour long meeting which provides a...

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  • Don't Click Send!

    Don't Click Send!

    This past week I met with the project team to discuss an upcoming meeting. I offered to relay their concerns to the individual I was meeting with later. Some of my team members asked why I...

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  • They Pair Too???

    They Pair Too???

    As part of NYC Comedy Fest, I went to see the writers of Colbert Report speak. It turns out that every day after the topics that they’re going to work on are chosen, they split up into pairs to...

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  • Do we still love tablets?

    Do we still love tablets?

    This past week the Pivotal PM team engaged in a discussion about a blog post that claimed that our love affair with tablets was over. It seems that many of us have tablets and use them in a...

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  • Go ask THE user!

    Go ask THE user!

    Lean Startup methodology and Agile development preach customer driven development and all it’s benefits. I think real world examples are always a good testament to why they are right. The story...

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