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Great Product Leader Book

Those of you who have been reading my blog over time have likely seen me mention Marty Cagan from Silicon Valley Product Group. He and Chris Jones have relatively recently come out with a fabulous book I would highly recommend entitled Empowered (you can find it here among other places). Both practical and inspiring, this… Continue reading Great Product Leader Book

Agile · Decision making · Ideals · Leadership · Principles · Product management

People > Process > Product

You’ve likely heard many of the jokes before.  There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can count and those who can’t.  Or there are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don’t.  Or maybe even there are two kinds of people in the world:… Continue reading People > Process > Product

Agile · Decision making · Ideals · Principles · Product management

Agile theory and messy reality

By temperament I am somewhat of an intellectual.  I enjoy abstract conversations and discussions about the “right” way to do things.  My personality type – according to tests like the Myers Briggs Temperament Indicator or the Enneagram – tends to the idealistic, meaning I place a high value on integrity and push myself and the… Continue reading Agile theory and messy reality

Agile · Ideals · Planning · Product management · Scrum

New series on messy reality

In the coming weeks I plan to post a series of blogs on how the wonderful theory of Agile software development intersects with (or sometimes crashes into) the messy reality of developing products in the real world.  The company I work for adopted Agile almost 10 years ago (shortly after I started working there) yet… Continue reading New series on messy reality

Agile · Change Management · Design · Innovation · New features · Product management · Prototypes

Fostering innovation

Originally posted on InTruthItsNotThatSimple:
Recently I spent ninety minutes with our full development and product teams listening to a series of two minute pitches on ideas for our quarterly ‘hack week’ event.  As a company we’ve been doing this for the past few years – setting aside one week every quarter for our development team…