April 25

What you could learn from ‘Product Mastery’ by Geoff Watts (2017, 267 pages)

Product Owners (PO) outline the vision for the product, collate the input from the business, customers and the team and forge all of the requirements into a prioritised list of things that need to be built.

March 17

What you could learn from ‘Smartcuts’ by Shane Snow (2016, 198 pages)

What makes some people wildly more successful than others?

In his book ‘Smartcuts’, Shane argues that there 9 things that super successful people do differently.

March 10

What you could learn from “The Art of Innovation” by Tom Kelly (2001, 297pages)

“The problem is not that big companies don’t see change coming, it is just that they fail to decide what to do about it and/or fail to execute their plan.” IDEO is now one of the world’s top design consultancies.  IDEO’s success includes the first Apple mouse and the Plam V.  Tom Kelley, the founder […]

February 19

Leadership hack 019 – feedback

Anders Ericsson found that truly world class performers invested more time in deliberate practice (see his seminal paper) than their less successful peers.  Anders defined deliberate practice as: “repeated experiences in which the individual can attend to the critical aspects of the situation and incrementally improve her or his performance in response to knowledge of results, feedback, or both from a teacher.” The importance of feedback […]

February 17

What you could learn from ‘Design Thinking’ by Nigel Cross (2011, 148 pages)

Design thinking is now cool.  Pepsi CEO has credited ‘deign thinking’ with turning her company around (see HBR here), and Stamford has set even set up an institute of design DSchool. What is design thinking? “Design thinking can be described as a discipline that uses the designer’s sensibility and methods to match people’s needs with what is technologically […]

February 11

What you could learn from ‘The Innovator’s Dilemma’ by Clayton Christensen (1997, 228 pages)

Customers train companies to allocate resources.  Customers only buy products and services they value, based on functionality, reliability, convenience & price.  This encourages well-managed companies to develop sustaining technologies that improve their existing products in ways that matters to their existing customers.  This focus on existing products and incremental improvements prevents companies from creating disruptive technologies. Clayton […]

January 29

What you could learn from “Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction” by Chris Sims and Hillary Johnson (2012, 46 pages)

This is the best introduction to Scrum and Agile that I have read.  At 46 pages, if covers all the basics, specifically: The roles of: Product Owner Scrum Master Team Member The key events: Sprint planning Daily stand-up Story generation Sprint review Retrospective Read this book if you want to know the basics, or give […]