Getting Developers’ Buy-In on Build versus Buy

Technical Build versus Buy decisions should be straightforward, but we need development collaboration and motivation to get these right. What emotional barriers do we hit, and how do we address them? And how do we become better students of organizational behavior?

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Stone Soup and Leadership

Stone soup is a folk tale about motivation and cooperation. It applies directly to our work as product managers, since we don’t have the authority to force cooperation or alignment. We have to provide leadership, motivation, and clarity of goals.

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A Quick Exercise of Viewpoints


Here’s a team-building exercises for software managers/executives. There are two cards, defining both sides of a scenario. Find someone to try this out with…

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