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Our posts by Stefan Wolpers
Stefan — based in Berlin, Germany — has been working for 12+ years as agile coach, ScrumMaster and Product Owner. He is an XSCALE Alliance XBA Coach (XBAC) as well as a member of Scrum Alliance (CSP, CSPO, CSM). He is also a certified LeSS practitioner (CLP). He has developed B2C as well as B2B software, mainly for startups, including a former Google subsidiary.
TL; DR: Create Personas with the Help of the Engineers
Creating valuable software requires knowing the customer—we all agree on that, right? The first question that then comes to mind is how to support this product discovery process in a meaningful manner in an agile environment? And the second question follows swiftly: who shall participate in the process—designers and business analysts or the engineers, too?
Read on and learn why personas are useful for product discovery purposes, how to create personas, and why the complete team—including the engineers—needs to participate in their creation.
Food for Agile Thought’s issue #117—shared with 12,693 peers—covers the agile periodic table, a remarkable visualization of agile principles and practices. We also learn more about the background of the changes to the Scrum Guide leading to the 2017 edition.
In addition to that, we feature survey results that prove that being able to prioritize product features is the most important trait that defines your success as a product owner or product manager.
Lastly, the WhatUsersDo Community on Slack had a great session with tips & tricks from Steve Portigal on user testing. (By the way, the Hands-on Agile Slack community just crossed the 2000 member threshold, see below.)
After rebuilding an existing application on a new tech stack within time and under budget our team had an overall retrospective with stakeholders this week to identify systemic issues. We found more than 20 problems in total and derived eight detailed recommendation the organization will need to address when moving forward to the next level of agile product creation.
Read on and learn how we achieved this result in under two hours with an overall retrospective attended by 16 people.
Food for Agile Thought’s issue #115—shared with 12,439 peers—focuses on winning hearts and minds in the organization as we borrow from political campaigns, and we now can convince financially-minded business people about the Agile ROI.
We also go the extra mile providing transparency on the product process, we learn how to translate prioritization into numbers every MBA understands, and we kiss ‘one-size-fits-all’ Agile good-bye.
Lastly, John Cutler asks the right question: Shall the product organization focus on learning fast or shipping fast?