Agile 2021: Negotiation Techniques for Stakeholder Management

We had a great time presenting at Agile 2021! Unfortunately, the workshops at the conference are not recorded. So we decided to make them available via other channels. For the materials, the best is to visit the original Medium blog, which has links to the long negotiation recording, a worksheet to download to practice while…

Making Tech Debt Visible

Making Technical Debt Visible 4 steps to make it visible and the easy math to build the business case As a Product Owner, there is nothing more frustrating than using valuable development time to deal with technical debt. We use the debt analogy to remind us of the imperative need to mitigate it, to keep our products…

Are you Missionary or Mercenary?

Learn how to apply four categories of metrics to change your product, and your career. The ideal Product Manager is empowered to be the decision-maker, to evangelize the purpose of the product they are building, and to feel deep empathy for their users and the problems they are solving. Essentially, this is the Missionary stance…

3 Steps to Grow Your Product Mindset

To read the previous post on 4 Principles to Grow Your Product Mindset, click here. “Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customer.”~Seth Godin There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about…

The Product Mindset Manifesto

Or… the 4 Principles to Grow Your Product Mindset One day we had full schools, workplaces, gyms, and spas. The next, we were all at home. With COVID-19, our world changed overnight. With “The Great Pause,” came “Stay at Home.” As the novel coronavirus escalated, another dilemma erupted that many anticipated but hoped would not…

5 Tips to Improve Your Own Emo EQ as a Product Owner

Emotions are contagious. Learn 5 practical techniques to evolve from reactive to responsive and position yourself as a strategic leader. A product manager is constantly balancing expectations from the business, the team, and users. It’s a tough and often thankless job, and it can feel a bit lonely, since there is usually only of you…