I wrote recently about not being clear what our Agile development team was missing by not having a dedicated Scrum Master. In an article I came across (and reblogged recently) Steve Johnson talks about the areas of expertise that product teams need to have and whether it makes sense to have one person responsible for… Continue reading Roles on an Agile Product Team
Since I am working on this blog post as the 2015 Oscar nominations are being announced this morning, I have movies on my mind and I have to say this feels like a great time to be a nerd at the movies. Superheroes are everywhere. Guardians of the Galaxy is nominated for two Academy Awards… Continue reading Oscar nominations
I mentioned on Twitter yesterday (@asbiv) that I had a great run using one of my favorite treadmill workouts. I’m generally not a fan of treadmill running but I find it helpful in the winter when I only run outside once or twice a week; it can also be useful for specific focused speed workouts… Continue reading Running workout
At the company meeting for my firm today our CEO gave his annual ‘charge for the new year’ speech and it reminded me of two of the core responsibilities of strong leaders: set vision and say thank you. Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going you might not get there.” Setting… Continue reading Two key leadership responsibilities
Sometimes my weekly ‘questions’ blog post will have deeper or more personal questions (check out my post from this past weekend for an example here). Today I have a more mundane and practical question. What’s the right or best way to use “Tags” and “Categories” for denoting my blog posts? I’ve recently started blogging about… Continue reading What do you think?
For whatever reason I find former President Lyndon Johnson fascinating. I’ve read a few articles about him as a person and a president and some or all of a few biographies (including Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream by Doris Kearns Goodwin). But my favorite reading about this deeply complex man has been the multi-volume… Continue reading What can we learn from LBJ?
I mentioned when I retooled this blog for the new year that in addition to my regular five post per week on what I’m reading, questions I have, leadership, pop culture, and Agile I would also be doing some re-blogging or link-posting to cool things I found and occasional other random posts on stuff that… Continue reading Is it stupid to be an optimist?
Always good thoughts from a clear expert on Agile and Product Management.
I spent two days this week getting certified as a scrum product owner through Scrum Alliance (find out more about all this here if you’re interested: https://www.scrumalliance.org/). The company where I work in software development and sales has been using the Agile methodology with Scrum for almost nine years (they were just starting this at… Continue reading Notes on Scrum Alliance Product Owner Training
My Thursday pop culture blog entries will touch on many different things depending on what I’ve been doing that week but today I wanted to start by recommending a great podcast called We Have Concerns (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can find this on iTunes and elsewhere. The hosts are Anthony Carboni (@acarboni) and Jeff Cannata (@jeffcannata) and… Continue reading We Have Concerns