Agile · Effectiveness · Product management · retrospectives

Reflections on retrospectives

I’m a huge believer in learning from the past; as Yogi Berra might have said some of my best mistakes are in the past. There’s a lot we can learn by reflecting on both what went well and what didn’t work out at the end of a project, an Agile sprint, a meeting, or a… Continue reading Reflections on retrospectives

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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 · 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…