Agile for Executives

Often when we work with product and engineering teams to improve their processes we also end up talking with executives that aren’t directly involved in building the product. Of course, products are not built in a black box — you cannot adopt the good thinking that has gone into Agile practices without having organizational buy-in. But many product teams struggle to get executives to see Agile thinking as more than just an engineering practice.

We put together a short presentation hitting some of the key tenets of Agile specifically for a non-engineering, non-product audience. The presentation has been well received, so we’re sharing it here in case it’s helpful for your organization.

Thank you, Melbourne

Fade out on Products Are Hard Melbourne 2013 Dear Melbourne, you were an amazing audience and an integral part of making the conference the wonderful day that it was. We are forever grateful for your support, attention, and engagement. Life is short and days are precious. Thank you for spending … [Continue Reading]

The age of holistic product development

Over the last decade a few major themes have dominated the evolution of product development, particularly software development: a shift towards agile practices, customer-centric decision-making, and better integration and collaboration across disciplines. The last of those – the increasing … [Continue Reading]

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Beyond Lean and Agile

Rose Powell of Australia's StartupSmart interviews us on situating Agile and Lean in a holistic product practice. Beyond lean and agile: Finding a more holistic approach to start-up creation You need to step right out of it and remember no one’s … [Continue Reading]

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Sprint is a four-letter word

I’ve always been uncomfortable with the term sprint. It’s a short word, easy to say and quick to type, but the connotations can be misleading, especially for people new to Scrum. I used to run track in high school, and I have a pretty vivid body … [Continue Reading]

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G+ identity follies

Google wants real identities on G+. No pseudonyms. (After enduring enough protest, they relented for those with established pseudonymous public personae.) And yet, Google also gently but persistently harasses you to setup a G+ identity for every … [Continue Reading]