Scaling Agile FAQ

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 to so many...

Revenge of the PMO

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 since the origin of...

CEO of the Product Revisited

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 first exposed to the...

Principles

If you’ve had a chance to read the new edition of INSPIRED, you hopefully noticed that in this version I decided to focus quite heavily on the principles underlying modern tech product management: I want to be clear as to why you’ll see so many principles called out...

Communicating Product Learnings

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 important to do. A...

Missionaries vs. Mercenaries

One of my all-time favorite quotes in our industry comes by way of the legendary VC, John Doerr, where he argues that “we need teams of missionaries, not teams of mercenaries.” This point captures so much, and gets right to the heart of the most important trait...

Innovation vs. Execution

In my last article I discussed how we need to simultaneously learn fast in product discovery, yet still release with confidence in product delivery. I got a very good response from this article, as well as many questions as to how teams can get better at one or both....

Discovery vs. Delivery

Most of us are working on solving some pretty hard problems, and it usually ends up taking some fairly complex systems in order to power these solutions.  As such, for most teams there are two very significant challenges to tackle: First, discovering, in detail, what...

Establishing a True Product Culture

In my last article I discussed the differences between an IT Mindset and a Product Mindset.  I must have struck a chord because I heard from so many people, from all over the world, that they were stuck in an “IT Mindset” organization.  Unsurprisingly, their next...

Product vs. IT Mindset

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 larger, more...
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