User Testing the Lean Way – Hands-on Agile Series

📕 Hands-on Agile: Lean User Testing — A Pragmatic Step-by-Step Guide to User Tests

If you believe in agile software development and delivering value to your customers and your company, reading this book is the right decision as it will greatly support your process to identify and create valuable, feasible and usable products.

Lean User Testing is available as a Kindle ebook and as paperback.

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Food for Thought #4: Mobile Internet, Story of Pocket, What Are We Doing?

Benedict Evans: Forget about the mobile internet

Forget about the mobile internet
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For as long as the idea of the ‘mobile internet’ has been around, we’ve thought of it a cut-down subset of the ‘real’ Internet. I’d suggest it’s time to invert that - to think about mobile as the real internet and the desktop as the limited, cut-down version.
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Food for Thought #3: Inside Amazon, Startup Failures, Leadership

David Streitfeld (via The New York Times): Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

The company is conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions.

SEATTLE — On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult them into Amazon’s singular way of working. They are told to forget the “poor habits” they learned at previous jobs, one employee recalled. When they “hit the wall” from the unrelenting pace, there is only one solution: “Climb the wall,” others reported. To be the best Amazonians they can be, they should be guided by the leadership principles, 14 rules inscribed on handy laminated cards.
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Anwendertests der schlanken Art: Lean User Testing – Hands-on Agile Series

Lean User Testing: Die Schritt-für-Schritt-Anleitung für selbst organisierte Anwendertests

Wer sich der agilen Softwareentwicklung verschrieben hat, wer Werte für seine Kunden und das eigene Unternehmen schaffen sowie Fehlinvestitionen in vermeintliche Killerfeatures bzw. -produkte vermeiden will, kommt ohne Anwendertests nicht aus und trifft mit der Lektüre dieses Buchs die richtige Entscheidung.

Lean User Testing: Die Schritt-für-Schritt-Anleitung für selbst organisierte Anwendertests

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Food for Thought #2: Zirtual Implodes, Startup Halo Effect, WeChat

Biz Carson (via Business Insider): A startup dissolved overnight and laid off its 400 employees via email with no warning

A startup dissolved overnight and laid off its 400 employees via email with no warning

Zirtual shut down with no notice — only an email at 1:30 a.m.

In the middle of the night, a startup that had raised $5.5 million dissolved and disappeared. It deleted its Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, and Google+ profile. It changed its website to say it was “pausing operations.”
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Food for Thought #1: Self-Management, Dropbox, Optimizely

Our first edition!

Leo Widrich (via Buffer): What We Got Wrong About Self-Management

What We Got Wrong About Self-Management

When Buffer moved to self-management, we assumed that meant a flat organization. Now we're embracing hierarchy. Here's what we've learned along the way.

We eventually started to discuss whether this is the right setup for us. We concluded that it wasn’t, yet we were uncertain about how to move forward still.

We started to have this big knot in our brains. We had talked so much about being self-managed, about transcending the traditional management paradigm, and yet now we were realizing that there was still hierarchy?

Frankly, sitting with this question for some time was a great test, as it brought up many emotions around doubt in discussions between Joel and myself. I now believe that, for us, seeking a flat structure was a misperception of what self-management means.

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