In an effort to get more ideas out I am going to share some briefer thoughts and half-formed concepts I am working on. Here is one of those. When a team plans their work for a sprint, there are three over-arching questions that should be considered: What business value are we adding this sprint? No… Continue reading Questions when planning a sprint
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
Even with all I’ve shared on this blog over the years and how deeply I feel about many of the topics and issues I’ve tried to address, I have kept these posts largely focused on my “professional” life and less on my “personal” life (though such distinctions are always a bit arbitrary and contrived since… Continue reading Thoughts on the Enneagram
These ideas are still a bit rough and in formation but I’ve been kicking them around for awhile and wanted to get this out as another blog post during my job transition. Product Management remains a core passion of mine so I’m glad to share some current thinking on the topic. Part of how my… Continue reading The 4 key areas of focus for a Product Manager
When I started this blog roughly 10 years ago I had hopes of posting regularly and finding consistent engagement from people who shared my interests in product development, pop culture, Agile, and reading. At this point I’m not sure I can even call myself an “occasional” blogger given how rarely I post here. The truth… Continue reading A (somewhat late) Mid-year Check-in
I started writing this blog over 6 years ago. I began it to share thoughts and questions about product development in general and the development of financial software in particular. And while the types of things I have shared over those years have varied, this has remained the general focus. There are blog entries here… Continue reading A new chapter
This week I again wanted to highlight a different voice from my own. This is from a podcast I recently started listening to and I found the words (and the passion behind them) encouraging, inspiring, and challenging. As protests continue in many communities and a global pandemic continues ravaging the US (with 25% of worldwide… Continue reading What do you see, what do you hear, what will you do?
Philadelphia sports fans are very familiar with the mantra: Trust the Process. But when it comes to software development many teams and leaders wonder how much ‘process’ is really needed. For those of us happily working in an Agile environment we reject the process-heavy development methodology known as ‘waterfall’ in which copious documentation and arduous… Continue reading How much is too much?
Life has been extremely busy lately but I didn’t want to lose my run of weekly blogging so here are a few notes on a topic we’ve been talking about a lot lately. How do you define success? When you are developing and delivering software solutions how do you know that you got it “right”… Continue reading Defining success criteria
With no near-term end in sight for social distancing and working from home, I’m experimenting with new ways to empower my team and make sure crucial issues get the attention they need. One way I’m doing that is by having two types of meetings with my teammates on a regular basis. At the start of… Continue reading Meetings that matter