I knew it! I’m an optimist!

Here’s why:

“Optimism is a belief that the odds of a good outcome are in your favor over time, even when there will be setbacks along the way. The simple idea that most people wake up in the morning trying to make things a little better and more productive than wake up looking to cause trouble is the foundation of optimism”

The psychology of money, Morgan Housel, p. 177

Product Owner explained in 15 minutes

Lately, I’ve seen more and more comments that Scrum doesn’t support Product Management to well. I’m not sure why. Product Management is not that difficult to understand, although it can be very hard work.

I’m not a big fan anymore of Scrum as a holistic collaboration framework. The first version of the scrum guide is a good collaboration guide for complex software development. And as the name suggests, it is a guide, not a law.

That being said, the following video by Henrik Kniberg at least explains the basics of Product Ownership very, very well, especially when it relates to the development team and what a PO or PM for that matter does and does not do.

Watch and learn!

Don’t let anyone steal from you!

Your time is yours, don’t let anyone steal that from you. This is something you are in full control over and is perfectly in your realm of influence. Watch this and apply immediately.

David Grady: How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings is one of the best pragmatic Ted talks I’ve ever seen and a classic to show anyone

This is what scaling means..

Pieter Zwart (founder of Coolblue) talks about how you can be and remain flexible as a company and with that he gives the best example on what it means to scale.
Unfortunately in Dutch.

All kudo’s to Pieter for the great example, I’ve used it many times and the inspiration was used by others as well.

By the way, flexible is a very good alternative word and probably better than Agile…