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The Creative Founder : NightCap edition 892 retweets

Where is Product Management going? What do the “best” do differently? “The Evolving Product Manager Role” is published by John Cutler in The Creative Founder : NightCap edition

the Origins of Opera and the Future of Programming 697 retweets

At the end of this post is an audacious idea about the present and future of software development. In the middle are points about mental models: how important and how difficult they are. But first, a…

Revenge of the PMO | Silicon Valley Product Group 440 retweets

I was first introduced to Agile methods about 15 years ago, when I first encountered some product teams that were experimenting with new ways of producing software.  I’ve been a long-time student of processes and tools for product development, and si...

Developers Should Abandon Agile 206 retweets

This is RonJeffries.com, the combination of new articles, XProgramming, SameElephant, and perhaps even some new items never before contemplated. <br/>Copyright © 1998-forever Ronald E Jeffries

Here is how UX Design integrates with Agile and Scrum 173 retweets

Learn how to distinguish and measure progress for innovation efforts apart from your digital transformation work.

The Busier You Are, the More You Need Quiet Time 90 retweets

I'm seeing this increasingly as a problem for product managers - so busy they can't get important thinking done -

INSPIRED V2 | Silicon Valley Product Group 87 retweets

I’m happy to announce the results of my big project over the past year, which was to produce and release the second edition of INSPIRED: How To Create Tech Products Customers Love. The book could just as easily been characterized as “Volume 2” becaus...

Focus on Value | Silicon Valley Product Group 80 retweets

I have a little heuristic which I find useful.  If I see a particular issue going on in at least three companies at the same time, I figure it’s a common and serious enough issue that it’s worth writing about.  In truth, I’ve already written about th...

Are you out of alignment? 80 retweets

Alignment, in the teamwork sense, means “a position of agreement or alliance.” It is one of the critical qualities that determines success in an organization, particularly at higher levels. Many…

Scaling Agile FAQ | Silicon Valley Product Group 78 retweets

Recently I published an article Revenge of the PMO that argues against a particular framework for agile at scale known as SAFe.  This was a bit unusual for me in that I normally don’t like to write much about process because the topic is so religious...

The Year of the Looking Glass 71 retweets

Once, a long time ago, I was a product manager. Then, I was an engineer. For the past seven years, I’ve been in design. Every single day, I work with people in all of these roles. Every single day, I…

CEO of the Product Revisited 70 retweets

The concept of the product manager as CEO of the Product has been one of the more controversial and polarizing topics in product, and most people are either strongly against this metaphor or strongly for it. In truth, I’ve been conflicted. I was firs...

Backlog Grooming Bugs Me 70 retweets

“Backlog grooming” isn’t a new term in the Scrum community, but it’s a term that still drives me up the wall.  Let me explain why.

How we’ve destroyed user stories 69 retweets

Psst! Hey…You know there’s a simple way to get engineers to build what you want, and as a bonus you can call it “agile”…Shh! Try to keep this technique quiet. You see it’s all about user stories. All…

Silicon Valley Product Group 69 retweets

It’s hard to find anyone that actually defends a Waterfall process anymore.  Agile methods might have their flaws, but at least they are usually much lesser flaws than Waterfall. Yet I actually meet many teams that claim to be practitioners of Agile ...

Whomever requested this piece of crap Charmed reboot needs to go hide 67 retweets

Whomever requested this piece of crap Charmed reboot needs to go hide in a hole and never come out. Charmed is H_Combs rosemcgowan Alyssa_Milano DohertyShannen . Let it be y’all.

The Five Types of Virality – Greylock Perspectives 65 retweets

Every entrepreneur has the dream of making their startup’s product go viral. But too often this is couched in a naïve understanding of virality. “Let’s make our app viral!” Or your investors ask you…

Common Agile Practice Isn’t for Startups 64 retweets

I’ve been working with more startups recently, & have been concerned about teaching them Agile process. Here’s why:

Product Manager vs Product Owner Revisited 61 retweets

Five years ago I wrote an article arguing that it is essential that the product manager is also the product owner.  My motivation, which I made no secret of, was that I was worried about this point because more than a few companies were using the rel...

Want to do an Agile Transformation? Don’t Focus on Flow, Quality, Happ 61 retweets

It was a Saturday morning. I was standing in line at a coffee shop, thinking about flow, as I often find myself doing when waiting in line. I reached for my phone to pass the time (while stuck behind…

The five trademarks of agile organizations 56 retweets

Nope sorry. Redrawing a top down triangle command and control organizational structure into a flatten set of concentric circles will not make your organisation more agile Moving decisions and accountability to where the information is richest will...

Facebook's Julie Zhuo on product design 54 retweets

Julie Zhuo, VP of Product Design at Facebook, explains what makes a great product design, why startups must establish design building early, and more.

Silicon Valley Product Group 54 retweets

Note: This is the narrative article version of a talk I’ve started giving recently at conferences, product meetups and corporate leadership teams.  It is a long read, but I believe it’s a critically important topic, and it lays out for people many of...

The Art of the Awkward 1:1 – Mark Rabkin – Medium 54 retweets

You probably do a lot of one-on-one meetings at work: with your manager, teammates, folks from other teams. Unfortunately, most people totally waste their 1:1 time. The problem: the 1:1s aren’t…

Silicon Valley Product Group 53 retweets

When I first decided to start The Silicon Valley Product Group, I had just left eBay and had some very strong opinions about what makes great product teams, and great product cultures...

Process vs Model | Silicon Valley Product Group 52 retweets

There’s an old saying which comes from the world of statistics: “All models are wrong, but some are useful.”  This has always resonated with me.  While conceptual models are never perfect, I find them to be an especially powerful tool for explaining ...

Esther's Online Classes 51 retweets

I'm making an on-line course to help teams have more effective retrospectives. Expect to launch in a couple weeks. Sign up if you want to learn more :

An Introduction to Experiment Pairing 50 retweets

Congratulations you successfully ran an experiment. It’s a big accomplishment and should be celebrated. Not every team gets the chance to challenge the assumptions in what they are building. Many…

Silicon Valley Product Group 46 retweets

I’d be surprised if you haven’t at least heard about the coaching technique known as the “one on one” (aka “1:1”). And you’ve probably experienced some version yourself. But judging from my discussions with literally thousands of product managers and...

Why Enterprise Agile Teams Fail 46 retweets

Always amazed why teams don’t allocate capacity for unplanned work. It arises ever week. Yet, few teams allow for it. The idea is to use the data you gather on your systems of work to inform how you manage it! “Why Enterprise Agile Teams Fail” — sam...

Pixar’s Rules of Storytelling Applied to Product Managers & UX Designe... 44 retweets

“Tell a good story, and you’ll end up with a passionate team who works on product your customers love.” shahedkhalili’s storytelling article is a great resource for designers. CenterCentre students will use as they learn storytelling techniques.

Driving Product Teams To Become More Design Mature 43 retweets

UX design is a learned skill and developers and product managers can learn it. By spending close time with their team’s embedded UX professionals, they start to pick up the basics. Over time, they become design fluent themselves.

Dependencies, Scrum of Scrums, and SAFe 43 retweets

This is RonJeffries.com, the combination of new articles, XProgramming, SameElephant, and perhaps even some new items never before contemplated. <br/>Copyright © 1998-forever Ronald E Jeffries

Customer Inspired; Technology Enabled 42 retweets

One of the most enduring myths in the product world is that great products result from listening to your customers (or prospective customers).  But just as Jeff Bezos said in his latest Shareholder Letter, “No customer ever asked Amazon to create the...

Silicon Valley Product Group 41 retweets

Recently I was at a dinner with several product leaders, and I was asked what the most common areas of confusion I encounter in product teams today? I thought it was a good question, and I described several situations, and judging from their response...

Prioritize Opportunities, Not Solutions 40 retweets

I cringe every time I see product teams use a spreadsheet to rank the ideas in their backlog based on some made-up math formula usually consisting of things like business value, user value, and technical difficulty. While this exercise is pervasive, ...

7 Ways to Know That You Need a Head of Product 40 retweets

The “No Head of Product Syndrome” is where product managers are scattered throughout a complex organization, but lack an executive-level product leader to create conditions for success.

Running in Circles - Signal v Noise 38 retweets

“Agile became synonymous with speed. Everybody wants more, faster. And one thing most teams aren’t doing fast enough is shipping. So cycles became ‘sprints’ and the metric of success, ‘velocity.’” — rjs That it. All of it. In a nutshell.

Agile Makes No Sense – Hacker Noon 37 retweets

I’ve spent a good amount of time learning why Agile-inspired patterns “work” — mostly the “hard way” (doing), but also through individual study, group study, conference going, participating in the…

The Making of a Manager Book by Julie Zhuo 37 retweets

New website for my book, The Making of a Manager: Chapter summaries, a sneak peek at pablostanley's amazing comics, and more!

Organisational Agility: Give People a VOICE 36 retweets

Organisational Agility: Give People A VOICE. Don’t Mandate One Way. Invite don’t Impose. Values, Outcomes, Intent Based Leadership, Coaching, Experimentation. Enterprise Agile. Digital Transformation

The Year of the Looking Glass 35 retweets

This was first published on my mailing list The Looking Glass. Every week, I answer a reader’s question. I recently had a situation where my team was re-doing something I had worked on for a couple…

Your product is already obsolete | Inside Intercom 34 retweets

The minute you introduce a new product, someone is working on a cheaper, easier, or faster alternative for your customers – a fact you simply can't ignore.

Do This Now: 8 Ways to Focus your Product Team on Impact, Not Features 34 retweets

eight relatively safe ways to nudge your team/org towards being more impact focused... prodmgmt ux design

What we learned about product and design in 2018 33 retweets

Intercom co-founder Des Traynor hosts a roundtable discussion with VP of Product Paul Adams and Director of Product Design Emmet Connolly to discuss what they've learned this year about scaling a product and a team. They talk about the fundamentals o...

15 Things You Should Know About Product Managers 33 retweets

New Post: 15 Things You Should Know About Product Managers "I’ve had the fortune of talking to teams from companies that are generally regarded is “best in class”. You know what? The problems are still the same. This is messy work." prodmgmt ux d...

Silicon Valley Product Group 33 retweets

I have always loved the General George Patton quote: “Don’t tell people what to do; tell them what you need accomplished, and you’ll be amazed at the results.” Unfortunately, typical roadmaps do just what the General warned against – they tell the te...

Stop Sprinting Start Thinking – Hacker Noon 32 retweets

Here’s the important part. 1 and 2 are not all that different in terms of output/impact. Seriously, take a 30,000ft view. Are they? I can picture a healthy team pursuing both with the exact same…

Making the Most of Your First Three Months as a New Manager 32 retweets

Chapter 2 of my book The Making is a Manager is being published today on Medium. In your transition to management, are you a pioneer, a new boss, an apprentice or a successor? 8 days until the book drops!

Not all good products make good businesses 32 retweets

It's easy to assume that solving a real problem with a good product magically creates a successful software business. Sadly that’s never guaranteed.

Making things people want - Inside Intercom 32 retweets

If you're building a new product, it's because you believe you can create a better solution that people will want to use because it delivers a better outcome. A strong understanding of the outcome customers want, and how they currently get it, is ess...

Onboarding isn't a metric, it's an outcome 31 retweets

We’ve just published our 4th book: Intercom on Onboarding. Get your free copy here:

An engineer's guide to working with product managers 31 retweets

"An engineer's guide to working with product managers" A great deck by hirodusk

Designing to Learn 31 retweets

Here's my slides from my talk at theleanevent on Designing to Learn and killing the term MVP. lean prodmgmt

Please Try – Melissa Perri – Medium 31 retweets

Over the past year, I’ve spent most of my time working with Product Managers, UX Designers, and Leadership of companies going through some sort of change. Change in process, change in roles, and a…

Silicon Valley Product Group 30 retweets

I have been working exclusively with technology product teams now for a full 35 years, and I’ve seen countless processes, methodologies and techniques come and go.   In large part that’s the nature of the beast.  People are always searching for a sil...

The (Messy) Shift to Starting Together – Prototypr 30 retweets

The transition to more mission driven, autonomous teams is often characterized by an awkward period. Whereas before, teams were used to a prescriptive backlog of “things to do”, now it is very common…

Why The Heck Can’t We Change Our Product? 29 retweets

One of the most vexing product challenges is evolving the UX (user experience, and/or user UI) over long periods of time, particularly when advancing a successful product with a supportive and…

The Year of the Looking Glass 29 retweets

I recently gave a talk at TNW Europe about a framework we use at Facebook to help us focus our product development process. Working on that talk got me thinking about the many other lessons I’ve…

7 Things I’ve Learned About Lean Startup 28 retweets

I’m an early adopter of Lean Startup. Ever since Eric Ries starting writing about his thoughts on the Startup Lessons Learned Blog, I was hooked. I was hooked because he just made sense. Eric put a…

I just did what the computer said 28 retweets

Computers will soon make many of our decisions. But easy as it might be, we can’t allow ourselves to hide behind algorithms and sacrifice our compassion.

Communicating Product Learnings 28 retweets

Sharing what we learn in a startup typically happens naturally because the product team and the company are pretty much the same thing.  However, as companies scale, this becomes substantially more difficult, yet it also becomes increasingly importan...

The Customer Letter | Silicon Valley Product Group 27 retweets

In this article I’d like to discuss another discovery framing technique. For smaller and more typical size product discovery efforts, the opportunity assessment is usually sufficient.  But when embarking on a somewhat larger effort, there may in fact...

Silicon Valley Product Group 27 retweets

The role of the product organization is to consistently deliver significant new value to the business through continuous product innovation.  At a startup, the product team either innovates and provides real value or the startup dies.  However, in la...

Product Success | Silicon Valley Product Group 27 retweets

Exactly a year ago I was invited to give a keynote at the Craft Conference in Budapest and I discussed the 10 biggest reasons why product teams fail.  You can read the narrative article here. As I mainly shined a light on why so many teams are operat...

Silicon Valley Product Group 27 retweets

When I start working with product teams, one of the first things I try to do is to get them to stop thinking of their job as one of gathering and documenting requirements.  In fact, I try to get them to stop thinking in terms of requirements at all. ...

The Benefits of Starting Your UX Career as a Generalist 26 retweets

In her article, “The Benefits of Starting Your UX Career as a Generalist,” jessicaivins recommends taking the opportunity to learn as much as you can about UX before deciding if you’ll specialize. You may be surprised by what areas of UX you enjoy ...

Good Product Team / Bad Product Team 26 retweets

NOTE: My friend and colleague Jeff Patton is the author of a book on the general topic of User Stories and especially the technique of Story Mapping.  I was asked to write a foreword for this new book, and this article is an excerpt from the foreword...

All Things Product Management 26 retweets

I’ve been a Product Manager for the better part of a decade, a big chunk of that in various capacities at Google. I now run product at a startup in NYC. People, like my friend and former UX design…

What's the story about Agile Data | Agile Alliance 25 retweets

In this Agile2018 keynote, Troy Magennis helps people tell important stories in Agile using data in such a compelling way that the right action is taken.