Many believe that agile coaches can't be product coaches. I disagree. A good agile coach and product coach want the same: great products.
It can be difficult to get buy-in from the team members for a new approach like Scrum. The most effective way to create an open mind is showing what is in it for them. Making the daily work of the team easier and building a relationship on eye level are the key. These eight best practices are aimed at doing exactly that.
Anyone responsible for a product knows the situation. Some stakeholder comes with a feature request along the lines of “Can we please add Feature X to the product. It is important because of reasons. Please add it yesterday. Thanks.” How can you deal with these stakeholder requests?
Let’s be honest, many companies do not implement the best practices of agile, lean, or other frameworks as they were intended. Organizations, human nature, and processes get in the way of the best intentions. Thus, companies often end up with…
Continuous Discovery Habits is a practical, extremely useful book. I share the main concepts and the three most important personal takeaways.
The opportunity solution tree is an extremely useful method. Having already covered the why, how and what of the opportunity solution tree, I will focus on the best practices that I have found to be crucial in maximizing the potential of the OST.
The opportunity solution tree (OST) was invented by Teresa Torres as a means to collect and visualize the opportunity space. It is a model or mental representation that clearly links product goals to user needs and to the options for solving those needs. In product discovery, it is a powerful tool for creating a clear structure of what the team wants to achieve.
The core of agile development - it should be at the heart of all product development efforts for that matter - is iteratively moving forward. We need to understand the impact of what we are doing without waiting for too long. For this reason, Product teams need to use leading indicators so that they can immediately measure the effectiveness of their product development.
Although the big hype around Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) from a few years ago seems to have receded a bit, many companies still deploy OKRs to manage their organization. Many seem to consider this the “agile” way to set…
Sometimes you come across a book at just the right time. The content immediately makes sense and you cannot stop reading. This happened to me when I recently read Inspired by Marty Cagan.