In the new trailer to the forthcoming film “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” we get the following entertaining exchange. A group of thieves are trying to recruit an elf … Continue reading What makes a good plan?
When trying to persuade people of something—particularly something where the stakes are fairly high—it’s important to be aware of words that are and aren’t appropriate. This doesn’t just mean being … Continue reading Using the right words
Marty Cagan introduced the distinction between feature teams and product teams, and over the last few months I’ve had quite a few conversations with people about this—how their teams compare, … Continue reading Product teams, feature teams, and responsibility
I was once speaking to a programme manager about a time he had just arrived at a company. The leadership team needed to start a big project which had only … Continue reading “Timeboxes are great – now let’s think about features”
Process is often thought of being a necessary evil—HR needs us to do it like this, the PMO insists we report progress in that template, and so on. It’s often … Continue reading Process can be liberating
I was thinking recently about how agile delivery makes different demands on our budget spend compared to a more traditional delivery model. “Agile” means different things to different people, so … Continue reading Agile delivery is financially responsible
I discovered the other day about the etymology of the word “decide”. The “de-” comes from the Latin for “off”, and the “-cide” is from the same word that’s found … Continue reading When it’s difficult to decide
When planning a single user story in a software project it’s pretty common for someone to sit down and think about some details of how it should be done. There … Continue reading A handy by-product of estimation
I was asked this question recently, and after a little thought gave my answer as “both”. There are, of course, other views. To make a difference, or be in any … Continue reading Is agile a methodology or a mindset?
Sometimes I find myself joining a team and introducing the idea of user research, a part of product discovery. I urge my teams to speak to users in carefully-planned interviews, … Continue reading Interviewing users you know