I’ve abandoned “MVP”

After years of struggle, I’m advising all of my clients and product leader coachees to stop using the term “MVP”.  Not to stop doing validation, discovery, prototyping or experiments they may associate that that acronym, but to remove the label from all of their docs and presentations and talks.  To delete the letters MVP from roadmaps and product charters…

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How Agile + Product Management helps build the RIGHT things the RIGHT Way

Most agile conversations are about morale, velocity (aka throughput), quality, predictability, and team dynamics. But we rarely address actual customer/user vale or business outcomes — instead hiding behind story points or vanity internal value metrics. This discussion will be about how strong product management bridges the outward customer/market view and inward development view.

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Webinar: My Stories Aren’t Long Enough…

Sometimes we’re asked for conflicting or less-than-sensible things, both from customers and internal groups. This webinar is about understanding teams and adopting agile processes/tools to our specific situations.

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My Stories Are Too Short…

My team says that my stories are too short, insufficient. Except when they say I’m long-winded, overspecifying HOW instead of WHAT. What’s really happening? Thoughts on engaging with our teams to unpack issues and work better together.

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Athens: The Need for Real End User Validation

Rich will give a talk on “Product Managers, Product Owners, and the need for Real End User Validation” at Agile Summit Greece, 21 Sept 2018.

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IoT Product Podcast: You Can’t Outsource Strategy

Daniel Elizalde’s IoT podcast covers product leadership, tools, and strategy. I joined this episode to map my 4 Laws of Software Economics to IoT and mixed software/hardware. We also talked about listening directly to customers/ users/ prospects and distinguishing segments from individual accounts.

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Dublin: Product Managers, Product Owners, Scalable Product Models

ProductTank Dublin is hosting a short discussion on product managers, product owners and scalable models for agile product teams. This is usually a large, loud, opinionated group — so should be exciting and unpredictable.

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TwitterChat on DevOps & Product Management

A live Twitter chat on DevOps and Product Management, including why DevOps should matter to product managers, and how product managers can support DevOps as part of a healthy engineering organization.

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Podcast: Mastering Business Analysis

In this “Mastering Business Analysis” podcast, Rich shares thoughts on product manager versus product owner; output versus outcome; getting out of our cubes to learn from lots of real users; and building the right thing (not just building things right) to deliver measurable value.

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Building the RIGHT Thing @ AgileCamp SV

What do markets and customers need? Most agile discussions focus on building things *right*; we’ll focus on building the right things, validation and avoiding 100% waste.

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