The System Story and the Job Story are two alternative formats to describe Product Backlog Items (tasks in a backlog) when the User Story format does not fit. Examples include technical enhancements, enablers, and when the work is done for a particular User Persona. What’s wrong with User Stories? When I work with teams on writing User Stories, the question
Technical debt is a silent enemy of every product team. By accumulating, it may cause the product to be too difficult to expand, manage, or support. Learn how to keep it in check.
Agile practices have been around a long time, even before they were formalized in the Agile Manifesto https://agilemanifesto.org/ (2001). They promise to accelerate value delivery, reduce risk, and better adapt to change. The majority of companies I work with have either adopted Agile practices or are in the process of doing so. They realize that adopting Agile throughout the organization is key
We have compiled a list of books and articles on Agile, Product, Design Thinking, and Innovation. These books and articles offer perspectives, frameworks, and real stories for the successful application of product management practices to the ideation and development of new products. If you are a Product Owner, a Product Manager, or a Product Leader, these books and articles are
Books Scrum is the most widely adopted Agile framework in the world. It is easy to understand and yet, difficult to master. This is a short list of great books on Agile, Scrum, and practices to become an effective Scrum Master. “Sprint Your Way to Scrum“, by B. Yelsangi, V. Zanini Having trained thousands of professionals across the world and
Last week, a Product Owner reached out and asked for help with executing a new project. He and his team had been working at this new product idea for months and had created a list of requirements. Everything was documented, from basic functionalities, to all the possible features they wanted to include in the final product. What this team was
WSJF (short for Weighted Shortest Job First) is a useful prioritization technique, but it may feel a bit overwhelming at first. To get familiar with it in a fun setting, you can do the “Vacation activities” exercise. This works well either alone or together with your team. Exercise: prioritize “Vacation activities” with WSJF Imagine being on vacation on a Caribbean
After climbing 436 steps, going through narrow corridors that were designed for maintenance workers and not for the comfort of today’s tourists, and winning a growing sense of dizziness with the increasing height, we reached the top of the dome. The view was magnificent, with the blue sky and the green hills acting as backdrop for one of the most
I’d like to share a few tips for making customer interviews effective. Why is this important? Because delivering a great customer experience starts with insightful understanding of customer needs and the customer’s point of view. We call it listening for the Voice of the Customer (VoC) which is the process of understanding the customer’s expectations and validating the outcomes of
The 5 Scrum events are essential to the proper execution of Scrum. Like an orchestra who maintains the right beat throughout its performance, the five Scrum events support Scrum teams in properly executing their work.