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Book review: “Requirements by collaboration”

I guess I’m not alone when I say that a large number of the workshops that I’ve facilitated in the past have been based on gut feel and some sort of practical, logical approach to getting the desired outcomes. It was therefore good to read “Requirements by collaboration”. Agile¬†practitioner Ellen Gottesdiener published this book in […]

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Digital Strategy Product Management

Learning about creating a good product vision

Over the past few weeks I have been learning a lot about ‘product vision’, creating a mission statement for a product or an overarching vision for a product portfolio. It made me wonder. Is a product vision always a future, pie-in-the-sky idea of where one expects a product to be? Are you allowed to make […]

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Agile Product Management User Experience

Jeff Patton’s story mapping

When I heard people talking about “story mapping” I was intrigued. Especially as they explained it as a way to bring user stories to life. A user story is a simple but very effective tool to help design and develop (online) products, taking into account the end-user perspective. A story is typically written up in […]

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Agile Book Reviews Product Management

“Genchi genbutsu” and continuous improvement

When one wants to learn more about “lean”, then it is almost impossoible to avoid the ‘Toyota way’. The Japanese car manufacturer has a strong reputation when it comes to continuous improvement (“kaizen“) and ‘lean’ manufacturing. Eric Ries has made a quite a name for himself by applying the ‘lean’ methodology to startups, with many […]

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Agile Product Management

What are the key principles of “Test Driven Development”?

The other day I was talking about Test Driven Development (‘TDD’) like one talks about a favourite football team or a popular artist. However, It was only halfway through the conversation that I realised that I would struggle to explain TDD to non-techie people and that it would be good to delve a bit deeper […]