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What if there was no backlog?

What if there was no backlog?

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The biggest backlog I’ve ever come across contained around 3,500 items! I can’t imagine any product owner or team who could really understand what was in it. It got me thinking – why did it happen in the first place? One of the conclusions I drew was that product owners, not wanting to say ‘No’ […]

The ROI of public speaking

The ROI of public speaking

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‘Public speaking is not for me’ – we often hear this from our colleagues. A fraction of them say ‘maybe one day’, however this day usually never comes. Having just delivered my first keynote speech at a cross-government conference for product managers, I decided to review the cost and benefit (aka return on investment – […]

Test your team with this communication skills game

Test your team with this communication skills game

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Communication is important. Not just for a Product Owner, but the whole team. Especially if it’s not a collocated one. Here is an excellent test for your team: a fun exercise that will uncover communication issues that nobody was aware of. Setup: Time needed: 45 – 60 minutes (30 minutes for the exercise + time […]

So you think you’re an expert? Role reversal will open your eyes.

So you think you’re an expert? Role reversal will open your eyes.

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My team designs tools for our delivery drivers. We were pretty confident we knew the challenges they faced and the solutions they needed. But what if we were wrong? Here’s how we made sure our products actually make their lives better! We started our research by shadowing users. All team members spent a whole day […]

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