Book reviews · Effectiveness · podcasts · Pop culture · Recommendations

Friday reactions – 27 July

Coming off of a full and tiring week I have a general recommendation and a specific one as well. From a broad perspective, I encourage you to have things you do in life just because they are fun. This can feel like a luxury that is tough to justify, but as Stephen Covey argues in… Continue reading Friday reactions – 27 July

Effectiveness · Leadership · Planning · Principles

Intentional start to the new year

Each year I begin the month of January by carving out time to reflect on the past year and plan for the new one. The often hectic holiday season rarely provides me the opportunity to craft meaningful resolutions for the new year and I prefer to ponder these issues rather than rushing into commitments I… Continue reading Intentional start to the new year

Development Effort · Effectiveness · Product management · Reblog

Where to focus development effort

I read a lot of blog posts and articles about product development and recently came across a really insight one from the folks at Intercom.  Here’s a link: https://blog.intercom.io/first-rule-prioritization-no-snacking/. The premise of the blog post is that development teams can easily be distracted by low effort/low impact work (the “snacking” in the title); they can also… Continue reading Where to focus development effort

Agile · Planning

Personal planning: reflections on my own daily planning post

Writing my latest blog post on daily planning as part of the broader Agile product development plan got me reflecting on some of my own planning tools and techniques.  I wanted to share some of those thoughts here. First of all I should acknowledge that I am a huge fan of planning.  I’ve found both… Continue reading Personal planning: reflections on my own daily planning post