Product Innovation in Agile

Contributed by Hugh Beyer Agile and innovation. Cats and dogs. Chocolate ice cream and white shirts. Some people say these things just don’t go together. I’m going to say they can and do, but let’s acknowledge the problem first: there is nothing in Agile methods which are particularly going to help you think long-term, strategically,…

Why SCRUM Fails the Artist

Contributed by Nicole Reineke I find myself struggling with the recommendations of extremist SCRUM practitioners. The idea of paring everything down to a minimum set of customer-value features, then continually iterating those down to their bare bones (as an extremist view of the SCRUM methodology might suggest) is interesting, but not always the best way…

Eye on the Horizon

Contributed by Jim Bodor There is a great discussion thread on Quora.com right now about how product managers write specs. It’s full of useful tips for the everyday practice of product management, highlighting the tactics we all use to create great new products. Reading it, though, I was struck by one thought: sometimes even the best…

An Introduction to Usability Testing

Contributed by Cait Porte Usability testing is one of the areas I encourage my product management team to focus on. As the Director of Product Management and Consumer Experience for an Ecommerce company, it is extremely important that we base our decisions on data, not opinions. One of the ways we collect this data is through…