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Impressions of the #PoDojo 10 Berlin

A first glance at the #PoDojo 10, which took place in betahaus in Berlin this October Three days of immersive learning activities with a great group of people! Thank you all again for joining us. Here are some of our take-aways and inspirations we have got from working with a great group: Our methods help even… Read more »

Book review: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

“Companies aren’t families. They’re battlefields in a civil war.” Charles Duhigg In Product Development, where “continuous improvement” can sometimes feel like “constantly not getting it right”, we’re always searching for advice on how best to move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is that we’re ok with where we are…. Read more »

Book review: Nurture Shock by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman

Much of the secret spice of creating great products has to do with creating great teams. The sources that I find the most useful in this space do not come from the business world however, they come from psychology. One book in particular, not a new book, but one that I have on my shelf… Read more »

#PoDojo Workshop at Product Camp Berlin 2014

Does this sound and feel familiar to you? “Tomorrow again the shitty planning meeting, everyone demotivated, passive agressive and blocking my user stories.” “Ohh, I’ve expected something totally different, why are you not listening? Everyone’s so demotivated!” “We’ve spend hours talking and talking, now again with other people in the room, no one shares the… Read more »

Book review: XLR8 by John P. Kotter

After seeing several webinars promoting XLR8 by John P. Kotter, I bought the book. Kotter begins by stressing the need for strategic agility in times of business turbulence, an idea which many can agree with. The book adds a concept of a ‘dual operating system’: namely an agile network-type of organizational structure working in concert… Read more »

Technical debt and how to pay it back

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There is a common saying that the code you write today will be tomorrow’s legacy code. Soon it may start to rot and you are incurring technical debt. That is based on the assumption that code you don’t work with frequently, that you don’t enhance, modify, put into a new form to do new things… Read more »

Hairball of Mud

“Things are not difficult to make; what is difficult is putting ourselves in the state of mind to make them.” Constantin Brancusi We’ve seen many product development teams, product owners and organisations in trouble because they were blocked by what is called technical debt or legacy code to truly create value for the customer. Who… Read more »

Complex or complicated: why the difference matters (Part 2)

In part one of this text I introduced the Stacey Matrix for Complexity and Creativity in Organizations and the Assumption-Risk-Analysis model which can help you to categorize your product state and team to make smart decisions in the right order. Key to both models is that they precede the data. You can willingly or unwillingly… Read more »

Explore. Passionately.

Instead of worrying about scaling agility as the biggest concern businesses face, should we be thinking about how to keep our creative talent as the number one issue? We spend a great deal of time researching how companies are faring, and there is one report we don’t miss. It’s the most comprehensive report around, updated… Read more »

Complex or complicated: why the difference matters (Part 1)

Every once in awhile I am asked “Robert, despite all of our testing and monitoring, why is this software not performing as expected anymore? And I usually begin my answer with “It’s complicated.” Is it? In other instances I listen to suggestions to build independent software modules that solely communicate through one, well defined interface… Read more »