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This summer I am doing a lot of rereading – going back to old books I’ve enjoyed, old comics I liked as a kid, and old blog posts that I thought captured some key ideas. Here’s another of those blog posts from the first extended series I wrote about the role of the product owner in Agile software development. I hope you find something meaningful and encouraging here. Thanks for following.

InTruthItsNotThatSimple

I have the privilege of working with some great people.  Both our technology team and our business team recruit bright and hardworking folks who care about the clients we serve.  As we grow our product expertise and as we look toward launching new offerings in the months to come, I am consistently impressed with the group of people designing, developing, testing, and supporting our software.  To quote a movie I enjoy (not the one you’re thinking of), “I would rather work with the people in this company than with the finest people in the world.”

What does it take to attract and retain such a talented group of technology professionals?  Lots of factors contribute to making this happen, but there are three that stand out to me.

  1. Approach product development as a partnership rather than as an outsourced task.  The best products don’t come from tossing specification documents over the…

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