Process: Lean, Agile, Scrum

10 Scaling Tips for Product People

7 min read

Managing a growing product can be as rewarding as challenging: Involving more people and teams and scaling up is hardly ever easy. This article shares 10 practical tips to help you effectively scale as the person in charge of a product.

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Technical Debt and Product Success

5 min read

Similar to a company experiencing financial debt, products can incur “technical debt”: This happens when wrong or suboptimal architecture, technology, and coding decisions are taken. Consequently, the architecture may not be as loosely coupled as it should be, and the code may be messy rather than clean. This article explains why product people should care about technical debt and it offers strategies for addressing it.

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Establishing an Effective Product Strategy Process

5 min read

Developing a successful product is not down to luck or trying hard enough. Instead, product success starts with making the right strategic decisions. But as product people, we are often so preoccupied with the tactics—be it dealing with an urgent support request or writing new user stories—that we sometimes no longer see the wood for the trees. In the worst case, we neglect the strategic work and end up with an unsuccessful product. To avoid this pitfall, you should establish an effective product strategy process, as I discuss in this article.

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Sprint Planning Tips for Product Owners

5 min read

As its name suggests, the sprint planning meeting sets up the sprint and establishes what can be done. While it’s an important meeting, I find that some product owners struggle with it. The following tips help you reflect on how you use the meeting and discover how you can get the most out of it.

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Product Leadership in Scrum

4 min read

Product owners can take on too many responsibilities, become too tactical and inward-focused, and lose sight of their main job: maximising the value a product creates. Instead of managing the team or establishing the right process, product owner should manage the product and exercise product leadership, as I explain in this article.

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Product Discovery Tips

5 min read

Product discovery refers to the activities required to determine if and why a product should be developed. Carrying out this work makes it more likely to create a product users actually want and need. In this article, I share my recommendations to help you reflect on and improve your product discovery work.

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Sprint Review Tips for Product Owners

6 min read

The sprint review meeting is maybe the most important Scrum event for product people—it helps you collect feedback and make the right product decisions thereby increasing the chances of creating a successful product. But I find that product owners are not always clear on who should attend the meeting, how it should be run, and how to collect the relevant feedback. This article answers these questions and shares my tips for getting the most out of the sprint review.

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4 Daily Scrum Tips for Product Owners

4 min read

The Daily Scrum is a common meeting for agile teams. But I still find that some product managers and owners aren’t sure if and when they should attend it. This post shares my recommendations on if, how often, and how you should participate in the Daily Scrum.

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Is Scrum Right for Your Product?

4 min read

Scrum offers a powerful way to develop products. In fact, it is often seen as the standard way to create digital products, and I have met more than one company where the product managers were suddenly told to be agile and do Scrum. But like every process, Scrum has its benefits and limitations. Is it the right approach to develop and grow your product? Or would you be better off using an alternative?

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The Product Owner’s Checklist for the First Sprint

5 min read

Scrum is a popular agile framework for developing a product with the right features and the right technologies. Unfortunately, it does not state the prerequisites for kicking off a Scrum project and for starting the first sprint. As a consequence, I find it not uncommon that product managers and product owners are unsure about the work they should do prior to the first sprint. This post offers a checklist to help you do the right upfront product management work.

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