The Soul of Design: Harnessing the Power of Plot to Create Extraordinary Products. What makes the Apple iPhone cool?
Bang & Olufsen and Samsung's televisions beautiful? Any of a wide variety of products and services special? The answer is not simply functionality or technology, for competitors' products are often as good. The Soul of Design explores the uncanny power of some products to grab and hold attention—to create desire. To understand what sets a product apart in this way, authors Lee Devin and Robert Austin push past personal taste and individual response to adopt a more conceptual approach. Devin and Austin provide keys to understanding why some products and services stand out in a crowd and how the companies that make them create these hits.
Readers will come away with a sensible and clear approach to conceiving of artful products and services. About the author Robert D. "Their approach is wildly unconventional, as they consider extraordinary products in the context of art, complete with the trappings of plot, trajectory, and resonance. . . —BizEd.
Dual-Track Scrum. Posted by marty cagan on September 17, 2012 Tags: scrum, agile, product discovery When I first start working with an Agile product team, one of the most common situations I find is where the teams have long and frustrating Sprint planning meetings because backlog items are poorly defined and not well understood; they have slow velocity as well as poor design because details are still being worked out during the Sprint; and the amount of waste and rework is very high because backlog items have not been validated.
Remember that our higher order objective is to validate our ideas the fastest, cheapest way possible. Actually building and launching a product idea is generally the slowest, most expensive way to validate the idea. Which is why I'm a big advocate for what is sometimes referred to as Dual-Track Scrum. The Discovery track is all about quickly generating validated product backlog items, and the Delivery track is all about generating releasable software. Running Lean — Splitting User Stories - Agile For All. Working from a prioritized backlog of small user stories allows a team to get value and high-quality feedback on frequent intervals.
Many teams struggle to split large user stories into small stories in a useful way. Instead of ending up with small vertical slices through their architecture, they get stories that look more like tasks or architectural components and fail to experience the value or feedback small stories should provide. Fortunately, story splitting is a skill that can be learned in a relatively short time. I’ve seen teams go from struggling to fluently splitting stories with just a couple hours of practice and some simple tools. To help you learn story splitting, I’ve provided some resources here. Patterns for Splitting User Stories is my original article that outlines 9 kinds of functional complexity in large stories and approaches to split through each one.
I do story splitting somewhat differently depending on the complexity of the original story. Inspired: How to Create Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan. Impact Mapping. O'Reilly Media - Tech Books, DRM-Free Ebooks, Videos. The high points in this book from Jeff Patton are too numerous to mention.
I found myself taking copious notes, and you could do the same, but it would probably make more sense to keep it near you and dip into it regularly until you have fully digested it. It is filled with good quotes e.g. 'There's always more to build than you have people, time, or money for. Always.' (Ch2 p21). Chapter 5 is a real gem - a real world example of how to map stories, and so down to earth that you carry it with you. It is a book that makes clear the rationale behind user stories i.e. it doesn't simply contain a description of: 'As a.. 'Stories get their name from how they should be used, not what should be written.' There is a breadth of experience here: the author brings together old ideas, 'card, collaboration, confirmation' with newer ideas such as the Lean Startup 'build, measure, learn'. This is an honest book and one that makes you think.
Martin Rowe. Lean Analytics Book. The Movement That Is Transforming How New Products Are Built And Launched. Start With Why - Simon Sinek TED talk. Specification by Example. Jeff Patton's Holistic Product Design & Development Blog.
Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell. David Bland.