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Why do Scrum Fanatics Hate Time?
September 10, 2013
Why do Scrum Fanatics Hate Time?

Time can be understood, unless a scrumdamentalist is in the room. Because then time is replaced with a point, but that point cannot be known. It’s just relative to other…

A New Approach Called the Waif Startup
September 4, 2013
A New Approach Called the Waif Startup

Can you ever be lean enough? Follow these 5 basic principles of the Waif Startup — a tongue-in-cheek approach to taking the Lean Startup methodology even farther.

Did Your Product Manager Really Say That?
August 29, 2013
Did Your Product Manager Really Say That?

Everyone I know in technology picks up jargon and funky talk as a way of fitting in or standing out in the office. Sometimes the ‘MBA speak’ is used to obfuscate what is…

Managing Requirements: Who's in Charge Here?
August 26, 2013
Managing Requirements: Who's in Charge Here?

Efficient requirements management takes skill even in single product / single target market companies, but in more complex organizations it takes real expertise.

Hey Sales Guy — Stop Pissing Off The Engineers
August 18, 2013
Hey Sales Guy — Stop Pissing Off The Engineers

So you are the sales god — savior of the business — and the go-to-guy when that deal must get closed to save the quarter. You can sniff a wanting customer through your…

Kanban — Is It Hurting Your Engineers?
July 28, 2013
Kanban — Is It Hurting Your Engineers?

Kanban was designed for assembly line production, not software development. Learn how to spare your engineers and stop the Kanban insanity.

The Alpha Engineer
July 21, 2013
The Alpha Engineer

The Alpha Engineer rules Silicon Valley and all great technology ecosystems. He holds the highest rank in technical communities worldwide and is rewarded with the…

Help! — My Product Manager Lost His Mojo
July 14, 2013
Help! — My Product Manager Lost His Mojo

Brief periods of misdirection and confusion have happened to me and every product manager I have managed or worked with. When it happens, it’s everyone’s responsibility…