Tag archive for "learning"

How Minimum Viable Products & Features Helped Me Write My New Book

A minimum viable product (MVP) is often mistaken as the first general release of a product, the initial offering that is good enough to address the early market. But for most products, an MVP should be a much earlier and cruder version that acts as a learning device—a means to test a crucial assumption and make the right product decision. This post shows how I used MVPs and MVFs—minimum viable features—to write my latest book, Strategize.

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The Product Owner’s Guide to the Sprint Retrospective

The sprint retrospective is the key mechanism in Scrum to improve the way people work. Some product owners believe though that they should not attend the meeting, and if they do then only as guests and not as active participants. But the retrospective does not only benefit the development team and the ScrumMaster; it is also an opportunity for the product owner to learn and improve, as this post explains.

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A Template for Formulating Great Sprint Goals

Working with sprint goals is a powerful practice. But many product owners and teams don’t leverage sprint goals or don’t apply them correctly: Sprint goals often state the stories to be implemented rather than the reason for undertaking the iteration. That’s rather unfortunate: Effective sprint goals serve to test ideas, to deliver features, and to foster teamwork. This post introduces a sprint goal template to help you write powerful sprint goals to build great products.

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10 Persona Tips for Agile Product Management

Personas are a powerful technique to describe the users and customers of a product. While there is plenty of advice available on using personas in a traditional setting, employing personas effectively in an agile, dynamic context can be challenging. This post shares my tips to create helpful personas for digital products.

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Succeeding with Innovation and Maintenance

Innovating existing products is a common challenge for many enterprises: New features are developed to enter a new market segment, to increase the market share, or to catch up with the competition. But while the product is being updated, small improvements and bug fixes have to be made to maintain the current version. This post shares my thoughts on balancing the innovation and maintenance work.

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Get Your Focus Right: Learning and Execution in Scrum

Learning what a product should look like and do, and building solid, shippable software are different concerns. Separating the two aspects and distinguishing between learning and execution helps you manage the stakeholder expectations, select the right research and validation techniques, and choose the right sprint goals.

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Effective Sprint Goals

Working with a sprint goal is a powerful agile practice. This post helps you understand what sprint goals are, why they matter, how to write and how to track them.

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