My Blogs & Vlogs

The Problem with Team-Based Development

Good small product teams become pros in their area of expertise, as they should. But they can also start to think they are the experts in the whole solution, from end to end, not just the one part they are focused on.

Grooming Sessions

May 03, 2015 by Barc Category: Agile, Agile Executive, Blog, Scrum 0 comments

Grooming sessions are a whole lot more effective when the Product Owner kicks the meeting off with a short presentation that shows what the results are of the last release, what the team needs to accomplish in the upcoming quarter, and what are the 3-4 priorities that need to be accomplished in the next sprint.

That’s It. That’s the One.

o be honest, I won’t miss Mad Men, the overwrought fashion show with vellum-thin treatments of politics, feminism, and pop culture we’re asked to nod and wink at. Emotionally, I’m not drawn to Don’s downward spiral like I was with Tony Soprano or Walter White, who seemed to struggle on more fertile and less claustrophobic […]

A Week Later: Reflections on SXSW 2015

Mar 30, 2015 by Barc Category: Agile UX, Blog 0 comments Tags: Privacy, Social media, Story, SXSW

ost of us go to SXSW for the music, the parties, and the brisket. But we come back year after year for the ideas and the connections. The 50,000-some people who come to Austin are like ‘idea marbles’ rolling around in a big bowl. You never know if you’ll actually bump into another that will […]

Play Yourself

Feb 09, 2015 by Barc Category: Blog, Career, Leadership 0 comments

recently read the following passage in Geoffrey Bellman’s “The Consultant’s Calling”, and it rang true to me. I’d add that I think his message applies to employees as well as consultants. Establish a consulting role that asks you to be–to “play”–yourself. Being a consultant is more comfortable than playing one. Even if you play the consultant role […]

Support the Professionals

Feb 02, 2015 by Barc Category: Agile, Blog, Scrum, Uncategorized 0 comments

I’ll never forget the day I reconnected with my friend Babak Ardalan a few years ago. He’s a seasoned program manager who I’d worked with on big projects for Nissan, Infiniti, Toyota, and others. When the conversation turned to work, he told me he’d dropped all of the standard project management artifacts and was running his current projects […]

People Do Change

I had a mentor who once said to me, “You can only change people this much.” And then he put his forefinger and thumb together to show it just wasn’t going to happen. Until recently, I believed him. People are pretty much made by their environments and don’t change much over time. But now, at my […]

Product Owner = A Leader with a Passion

Dec 21, 2014 by Barc Category: Agile, Agile Executive, Blog, Scrum, Uncategorized 0 comments

At the end of the day, if you don’t have a leader who has a passion for the product, it doesn’t matter how good your team or delivery process is. And no amount of well-facilitated workshops, brainstorms, roadmaps, standups, or demos will change that. If your leader is not a rabid fan of the end product […]

Fast User Story Workshop

Nov 16, 2014 by Barc Category: Agile, Blog, Scrum, Uncategorized 0 comments

Over the past few Sprints, we’ve found that many of the stories we’re trying to estimate or prioritize need more information. Of course, much of the details behind each story should come out during the Planning Session (which we hold the day after the Grooming Session). But, since we are trying to get through many stories at once, […]

Between Lean Startup and Steve

Nov 13, 2014 by Barc Category: Blog, Uncategorized 0 comments

I’ve been reading Lean Startup again. A wonderful book that has compelled thousands of companies (and many of my friends) to throw ideas, companies, and employees against the wall, then pivot if they didn’t stick. I like the simple, almost thoughtless, approach of Lean Startup: “Don’t hesitate. Let users tell you what works with your customers.” Of course, […]

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