Encouragement · Expectation · Ideals · Planning · purpose · Reading

Hopes for 2021

After several months of not posting here I am wrapping up the year with two entries on this blog. Earlier this week I shared thoughts on three things I am grateful for out of the chaotic mess of 2020. Check that post out if you’re interested. Today I want to share hopes in three areas… Continue reading Hopes for 2021

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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 · 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 · Communication · Ideals · Leadership · Planning · Principles · Product management · Reblog

Purpose? Or Profit?

Originally posted on Applied Product Management Leadership:
“Is purpose more important than profit?”  This question was posed by Alan Murray, editor of Fortune Magazine, and referenced in this post by Mark Weinberger, CEO of EY.  It’s an intriguing thought because even from a young age with school and grades, we are taught results matter.  This certainly…

Agile · Decision making · Other topics I care about · podcasts · Pop culture · Product management · questions · Reading

Questions on my mind

For the first month or two of 2015 I was writing in my blog almost daily; one of the weekly ‘features’ was sharing questions on my mind.  Given that my blog is entitled In Truth It’s Not That Simple it ought to come as no surprise that sometimes I feel like I have more questions… Continue reading Questions on my mind

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