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You’re Not Agile Unless You’re “agile”
December 2, 2013
You’re Not Agile Unless You’re “agile”

The single most common question that I run into nowadays is which process is the “best” one to be Agile, with a capital “A.” And people are often surprised when I tell…

The Alpha Product Manager
November 20, 2013
The Alpha Product Manager

Alpha product managers have a few traits in common. Discover the top 3 ways alpha product managers outshine most leaders.

How I Was Unbanned from Hacker News
November 14, 2013
How I Was Unbanned from Hacker News

Somehow I managed to become what I thought was hellbanned from Hacker News. I was ready to apologize for sinning — to bow down to the Internet gods of geeky and fresh…

VCs Will Not Save You from the Startup Death Spiral
November 11, 2013
VCs Will Not Save You from the Startup Death Spiral

Your startup is in a death spiral if the following is true — your team is making more and more radical bets, despite fewer and fewer indicators that your efforts will be…

Scrum — Your False God of Innovation
October 15, 2013
Scrum — Your False God of Innovation

Scrum will make a zealot out of you. And a growing number of product managers and engineering teams are fervent disciples. The problem is that it does not lead to…

Kanban Cannot Save You From The Engineering Death Spiral
October 3, 2013
Kanban Cannot Save You From The Engineering Death Spiral

Your company is in an engineering death spiral if the following is true — your team is becomes less and less efficient, despite more and more measures being implemented…

$0 -→ $200M in nine months  [Startup lessons]
October 1, 2013
$0 -→ $200M in nine months [Startup lessons]

I never actually was in a business that grew from zero to $200 million in sales — but I have often dreamed about it. And that counts for something. I am a big thinker and…

A Better Product Backlog
September 30, 2013
A Better Product Backlog

If your product backlog is like mine was, it’s a mess. But it’s not your or your team’s fault. That’s how I see it, because I am not a sloppy person and you probably are…