Stop the Minimum Viable Bullshit
Too big to fail – are you heading for disaster?
Ok, that’s it. I’ve had it. My patience is done and now its time to blow off some steam. Don’t get me wrong, many of the ideas in lean startup are very useful. But I wish everyone and their mother would stop using the term MVP so loosely. Everywhere I go, people are proud to […]
What is a product?
“Too big to fail” is a phrase used for large organisations for a few main reasons: If this organisation fails, the whole economy will ‘fail’. Think of large banks that had to be rescued by the government in various countries. If any initiative in this organisation fails, we can keep it afloat by burning up […]
Maximum benefit Scrum: a holistic approach to product value
A product is a solution that serves a customer need. This is the most concise and to the point description of ‘product’ I can come up with. In the below article I’d like to unpack it. Defining a product always starts with its customers. Someone out there should have a need that the product can […]
Creating customers – the purpose of any product
Agile & specifically scrum generate maximum benefit when they include the full chain of value delivery. This includes testing, deployment AND maintenance. Plus anything else that makes sense to include in the Scrum Team(s) to optimize value delivery. So when you are trying to use Scrum or other Agile approaches and want to get the […]
Purpose of a product? Serve customer needs!
Creating customers = not simply making your customers happy. Product-market fit Creating customers means finding a sustainable product-market fit. When found, the product is a solution for the customers who in turn create a market by their willingness to pay for it. It entails not just making a user happy, but turning a mere user […]
Customers first or employees first?
Recently I shared my thoughts on what should come first, your customer or your employees in a small post called ‘Customers First or employees first?’. Now I’d like to revisit this topic, because Steve Denning wrote a quite brilliant, comprehensive article about this topic. In this article I will apply Steve’s arguments to Products instead of […]
Customer first. Always. No Customer -> no product or service -> no employees. Nina Maurer asked on linkedin: “Customers first or employees first?“ This seemingly difficult question popped into my feed because of Chris Lukassen. His reply is brilliantly simple: “Neither and both, you need to strike a balance. Suggestion: “people first”” Yes, when we […]