Hey, PO, Push That Button!

Practical Software - Hey, PO, Push That Button!

One of the worst nightmares of a plant manager or a supermarket owner is the silence that accompanies a complete halt at the production line or at the checkouts. Complete halt means nothing progressing, which means no revenue, which means no money. Which means big problems now. At Toyota, however, the philosophy is quite different. […]

Let’s talk about MVP

Practical Software - Let's talk about MVP

I have a confession to make: My name is Anat, and I was infected with the agile virus while I was a product owner.The first agile technique that made me look at the system differently was the minimum viable product (MVP). The moment I realized what it means, I asked myself: “why have I ever […]

Ten ways surgeons and software developers should be alike

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When I was a child I had an operation on my shoulder. It was a scheduled operation, nothing urgent. And it left me with an ugly scar on my back. Today, it’s still very notable after all those years. Also still painful during season changes. Roll the clock forward some 40 years, my youngest son […]

R&D metrics that amplify learning

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Tony was a Scrum Master. He started measuring the development trends of his team. However, whenever he selected a metric, he got the impression that developers were manipulating the results to meet the targets he set. For example, whenever he measured the closing bugs count, he noticed that from one iteration to another the rate […]