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Making Product Development habitual

Feb 12, 2018  ·  Anthony Boobier

Product Development is a mash up of three mindsets; ‘Design Thinking’, ‘Agile’ and ‘Lean’, at the heart of which is empiricism. Continuous product improvement is a cycle of Build-Measure-Learn, where experiments define how rapidly we can get feedback on whether we are making progress. The problem I... continue reading

An Opportunity Canvas story

Jan 03, 2018  ·  Anthony Boobier

I got 'canvas envy' after seeing Jeff Patton's excellent Opportunity Canvas in late 2016, and have been using it in the field ever since. I've made a few changes to it, as people seem to like more structure, especially when it's run in a group. This version tells a 'story' to gain a shared understan... continue reading

Dual-track development

Jun 20, 2017  ·  Anthony Boobier

There is a lot of talk right now about how agile product delivery teams should take ownership of customer discovery work, alongside their development activities. This is otherwise known as ‘dual-track development’ and is described in Jeff Patton’s excellent article In this blog I want to talk throug... continue reading

Time for a Change in Principles?

Oct 07, 2016  ·  Tony O'Halloran

As Agilists, our principles and values underpin the way we work and decisions we make. A good principle should be timeless and non-prescriptive enough to be valid across many contexts, but specific enough to add practical value and help us make decisions. I feel that one Agile Manifesto principle in... continue reading

Is Talking to Users Enough?

Aug 23, 2016  ·  Tony O'Halloran

Recently a friend of mine formed a startup with a goal of making the One-On-One Meeting an easier and more valuable process. Their aim was to help managers and their direct reports easier handle the goals and issues that arise from these sessions. The assumption they made was that their customers (p... continue reading

5 Lessons from Business Accelerators - Part 2

Feb 01, 2016  ·  Suki Xiao

This is part two of the post from 15 January. Lesson 3: Figure out your Unique Value Proposition and test it with customers Unique Value Proposition is often confused with elevator pitch, tagline, unique selling proposition, etc. They look like cousins of each other and I am not surprised because th... continue reading

5 Lessons from Business Accelerators - Part 1

Jan 15, 2016  ·  Suki Xiao

2015 was quite a year for me, having been involved in two Business Accelerators and embarked on my own agile journey. When I first came across the term business accelerators, I was confused about what they are. I soon learnt that they are start-up bootcamps, designed to accelerate a start-up within... continue reading

What do Scrum Masters and Product Owners do?

Oct 27, 2014  ·  Sandy Mamoli

It can be easy to forget what a Product Owner or Scrum Master actually do. A poster with a role description can come in handy so, based on popular demand, here are the beautifully designed ones we use at Trade Me. Download the pdf version here. Download the pdf version here. I hope they'll look a... continue reading

9 Agile steps that injected magic into our project.

Jul 23, 2013  ·  Sandy Mamoli

Hi, my name is Simon and I am a Project Manager at Trade Me. Sandy kindly asked me to contribute to her blog, and I consider it a great honour. Below is my story about how we embraced Agile to inject magic into our project. As a Project Manager I am keenly aware that most projects fail and that’s a... continue reading

Making Agile work for the client

May 22, 2013  ·  Brenda Leeuwenberg

Working Agile in the client-vendor context is not always an experience filled with joy and achievement. It can be daunting, frustrating, expensive and unrewarding - as much as it can be productive, useful, involving and successful. Working with Agile with internal teams can be challenging enough, bu... continue reading

Evolving the Story map

Sep 04, 2012  ·  Mike Lowery

I can't say enough about how useful story maps are and how essential they are on any Agile project. Jeff Pattonis the undisputed (certainly in my mind) master of the story map and it's well worth looking at the materials on his site. Jeff summarises a story map as, "A prioritized user story backlog... continue reading

Agile Project Inception with a Press Release

Jun 25, 2012  ·  Sandy Mamoli

I really like Jonathan Rasmussen’s project inception deck as a simple, quick and cut-to-the-chase way of kicking off projects. Overall, I pretty much stick to Jonathan’s content and flow, but sometimes, I use a press release exercise instead of a product box. The idea of refining a product vision th... continue reading

Knowing when to call it quits

Jun 24, 2012  ·  Brenda Leeuwenberg

My startup idea has been on my mind for at least ten years. However it has only been recently that the congruence of technology and time made it possible for me to try it out. The idea has evolved over the last ten years and I have had many conversations with people about it during that time. No one... continue reading

Passion as a Priority

Mar 24, 2012  ·  Brenda Leeuwenberg

The driving force behind why people start startups is likely to vary wildly across different industries and types of business. For many it’s the promise of lucrative return - from sales of product or selling their eventual company. For some it’s the burning desire to fill a perceived gap in the mar... continue reading