What do we mean by 'Product'? Move to a product model can be a very challenging and scary ordeal. To quote David Hussman, a catalyst for and pioneer of the Agile community, Product is 'The thing that we create that adds value for our customer.'

This implies that:
  1. We know who our customers are
  2. We understand what is valuable to them
  3. We understand the ecosystem within which our product sits
  4. And that We = a cross-functional team, a collection of necessary skills

That collection of skills includes the full Product Venn – a mix of business, technical, and user/customer experience that virtually every product must include. It's the combination of these skills that will allow us to build the best products possible.

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Product Training

Owning and running a product for the first time can be scary. What is my product? What should we build and not build? How do we know if we are successful? There is a whole set of skills necessary to have in order to make the right decisions on the direction of the product, and many organizations do not have that skill from traditional ways of working.

Transitioning from project management to product management requires a whole new way of thinking about what you are building. Whether it’s defining the strategy for the product, defining outcomes, validating ideas, performing customer interviews, story mapping, or writing stories, this class will give you the mindset and skills you need to get started.

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Product Workshop

Although a training can get you some of the skills you need quickly, it can be challenging to apply those skill the first time. The Product Workshop will not only teach you those skills, but also provide you with the opportunity to apply your new skills right away.

Each participating team will learn, and immediately apply, modern Product Definition and Discovery tactics by taking a single product idea through multiple iterations as they are expected to do from day-to-day. Unlike the Product training, participants will take real-world product ideas through the workshop to validate or invalidate their assumptions. Clear product outcomes will be defined, customers will be interviewed, stories will be written, and much more.

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Bring your coach(es) into Target to be immersed with our coaching staff in the daily operations and coaching of teams in Target’s Dojo. The engagement includes dedicated time with our coaches, observing our coaches in the Dojo, talking to leaders throughout the company. A variety of topics can be tailored to the specific struggles your company may have.

We recommend shadowing with our team prior to setting up an immersive learning experience or starting coaching in your organization, so that your coaching team can be better prepared to lead at your organization right from the start.

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Dojo to Go

Trying to sell your leadership on setting up a full immersive learning experience can be a hard sell. Rather than trying to convince them, show them how much it can help. Let us bring our Dojo to you and have an experience like none other. Target coaches will come to you and provide you with the Dojo experience right at your location for one of your teams.

Dojo to Go will not only show your leadership how great an immersive learning experience can be, but it will also give your coaches an opportunity to observe how to facilitate an experience while giving one team an experience of a lifetime.

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On-Site Coaching

Visiting Target's location and shadowing coaches is a great way to learn, but sometimes you need a little extra help back in your space to implement what you learn, or you need a new and different perspective for some of your current activities. Whether it is attempting to skill up your coaches, coaching teams, working with leadership, or a variety of other activities, our coaches can assist you with your coaching needs.

Having one or more of Target's experienced coaches available on-site can be rewarding experience for all those involved. Every coaching experience is different and can be customized to your specific requests.

In alignment with our overall philosophy, we typically limit these engagements to about 2 consecutive weeks or less. The reason for this is that we believe in building self-sustaining organizations versus relying on our coaches. During the on-site coaching, we will skill up your coaches, leaders, etc. to handle future coaching needs within your own organization.

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Coaching Q&A

So, you already have coaching set up or are thinking of starting a team of coaches, but you have questions about where to start, what works or doesn't work at a large organization, and a million other questions. How do you get pointed in the right direction? Instead of jumping into a big engagement, what if you could talk to people who have gone through what you are going through now, and get some answers to those questions?

Coaching Q&A is meant to help you through those questions. When you have questions, simply let us know and we will connect you with coaches, leaders, experts within Target to answer your questions. Whether it is Product, Agile, Software Engineering, Architecture, Role Definition, organizational hierarchy & structure, or a slew of other topics, get connected with people who can share their experiences from their journeys and help get you pointed in the right direction.

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