Find out what makes Product Owners happy, your work more rewarding and the festive season fun.
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Happy holidays!

Festive felicitations from everyone at Boost. We hope you’ve had a wonderful year.

Here at Boost we finish up on Friday 21 December and we’ll be back on Monday 7 January. The next Boost News will be winging your way on Tuesday 15 January.

We’d also like to wish you a Merry Listmas. Here’s TimeOut’s guide to the 50 best Christmas movies, ClassicFM’s 30 best Christmas carols and, based on YouTube searches, New Zealand’s top 10 Christmas songs this year. Coming soon to a mall near you.

And, because Christmas is about sharing the fun, here’s a guide to the kind of goodies that help charities spread the festive cheer.

Christmas giving: what charities really want you to donate — The Spinoff

A baby in a Santa suit opens a present. Click the photo read about Christmas giving: what charities really want you to donate on the The Spinoff.

Powering up Product Owners

It looks like our new Product Owner guide is hitting the mark. We had over 100 downloads in the first day, along with lots of lovely feedback.

"A great resource ... extremely thorough!"
Jess Limbrick, Product Owner, Life Education

"Very practical and easy to read."
Christian Evans, Senior Scrum Master, Canadian resource ministries

"This is awesome."
Matt Allen, Product Owner, CreativeNZ

The feedback has been especially nice to hear because it means we’ve created what we set out to — a practical, readable, one-stop guide to being a Product Owner in Scrum, one that helps Product Owners really deliver for their organisation.

Get your free copy of Boost’s Guide to being a Kick-ass Product Owner.

Click the photo of a woman using the Product Owner guide on a tablet to get your free copy.

Make your work more rewarding and less risky

Limiting work in progress helps you manage project risk and deliver quality work on time. Importantly, it also makes the work more rewarding. In the latest in his blog series on managing risk with Agile, Boost’s skipper Nathan Donaldson shows you how to limit WIP and create a happy crew.

You’ll get an evaluation checklist so you can assess how well you currently manage your work in progress. You’ll learn how to visualise WIP, and limit it within projects and across your business. And you’ll find out how to avoid the time suck that comes from context shifting.

Manage project risk by limiting work in progress

Click the image of Boost agile coach Lauren at a project board to read our post on how to manage project risk by limiting WIP.

Agile training: New skills for the New Year

Get the skills to make a real difference at work, and get your year off to a great start.

Agile Professional Foundation is a two-day ICAgile-certified course. It gives you a comprehensive introduction to the world of Agile values, principles and practices in a fun, inspiring and interactive workshop setting.

Practical exercises using real Agile tools show you how to put your Agile skills into action the moment you get back to work.

Learn more or book the Agile Professional Foundation

“Amazing! Keep doing what you are doing...I really didn't want the course to finish. Very informative and lots of interesting things to implement in our organisation. It is very rare to leave a two day course excited and satisfied. Well done!”

Preview the course on YouTube

Click the still showing Agile Professional Foundation attendees to view a preview of the course on YouTube.

Boost News — the gift that keeps giving

Ok, sorry about the naff headline, but we just wanted to remind you that you can dig out our previous articles and resources on better ways to work in the Boost News archive. Plus, if you’re not subscribing already, you can sign yourself up.

Browse the Boost News archive

Sign up for Agile Professional Foundation - our next course is 28–29 January 2019. Get the skills to deliver successful projects that deliver more value, faster.


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