Roadmaps, Expectations and Empowerment

TL;TR Use roadmaps to discuss scope as objectives and outcomes you’d like to achieve. Don’t use roadmaps to write down features or track output. Work with themes: problems, needs and objectives. Don’t use dates in roadmaps. Use features and experiements as possible customer solutions and only track them in a plan, if really needed. Empower … More Roadmaps, Expectations and Empowerment

Agile in Large Enterprises aka Comments about “The Revenge of the PMO” by @cagan

I’m a huge fan of agile methods, values, principles and processes. This week I’ve read a great article of Marty Cagan backed by Jeff Patton, Ron Jeffries and Ken Schwaber which I need to share and comment, because it resonates that much with my experiences of working in a large enterprise. I just published an … More Agile in Large Enterprises aka Comments about “The Revenge of the PMO” by @cagan

Webinar with Biggerplate about “Mind Mapping the Product Owners Overview”

Today, I was thankful and happy to volunteer for a business club webinar at Biggerplate about “Mind Mapping the Product Owners Overview”. The webinar was hosted by Liam Hughes who is an expert in mind mapping tools and shares the same passion in mindmapping like I do. Liam contacted me some weeks ago due my … More Webinar with Biggerplate about “Mind Mapping the Product Owners Overview”

The Product Owner Overview as an Ultimative Mindmap

Since the last presentation at the German developer day in Frankfurt, I shared some learnings about having a common understanding for agile transitions. This lead me to the idea to write down an overview and understanding of the role of product owners. I’ve read so much and work so long in this role, that the … More The Product Owner Overview as an Ultimative Mindmap

Change Your Focus and Ask The Right Questions – Impact!

Successful companies have mastered and learned to focus on execution to run their business. But focussing on execution could be a trap, because there might be better ways to solve their customers’ problems, especially when it comes to disruption and disruptive technologies. In theory you want to disrupt yourself before someone else is disrupts you. … More Change Your Focus and Ask The Right Questions – Impact!

Creative Culture

Chef vs Cook A chef is expected to try lot of new things and come up with creative new dishes. Cooks are expected to make a dish efficiently with a little variation. But rather than focussing on business operations, you’ll need to constantly come up with new recipes. This is why creative environements and culture … More Creative Culture

Ask the right questions – even when “there is no right answer”

As a product owner I’m often being involved in discussions about building and doing it finally right. But what is right? What is the common understanding in doing it right? It depends on so many dimensions the counterparts are demanding and the finding about doing it right in building software is simple: There is no … More Ask the right questions – even when “there is no right answer”