Agile · Effectiveness · Planning

Questions when planning a sprint

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

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Agile · Book reviews · Coaching · Effectiveness · Leadership · Principles · Product management · Reading · Recommendations

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 · Other topics I care about · podcasts · Pop culture · Principles · Product management · Recommendations

A new chapter

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

Encouragement · listening · Other topics I care about · podcasts

What do you see, what do you hear, what will you do?

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?

Agile · Planning · Product management

How much is too much?

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?