Whether you are software developer, quality engineer, user experience designer, product owner or an agile coach, you probably take notes and a lot of them. If for some reason you do not make any notes, you should start immediately. Taking notes removes the burden of remembering things, dates, facts, tasks and lists. Make your life a bit easier and unleash at the same time the power of your brain where it matters the most: thinking. I have tested a few ways through the last couple of years. At first, there was a calendar. This is a natural choice since you will be given one branded with your company's logo. I started scheduling out every single minute of my time and making sure every task is on

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In March 2017, I was keen to learn about Design Sprints. I went as far as going to London for Mind The Product workshop and experience the framework during 8 hours long intensive day myself. Mind The Product is a widely known conference among product people. It features Product Managers from companies like Google Ventures, Facebook, Pinterest and many more and has it's home in both London and San Francisco: the two important hubs of digital innovation. Only during a workshop one can actually learn the intricacies of a framework and tricks that help the facilitator to apply it well within his context. Reading a book is not enough, though a good starting point. There are two, which cover the topic. I have already introduced you

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Design Sprints

What are Design Sprints? I did not know that, either.  Until I read the book Sprint: How to solve big problems and test new ideas in just five day by Jake Knapp of Google Ventures (GV). By the way, if you happen to know me, please send me an email request and you will get one (yeah, it is 100% legal). Still, to know something and do something these are completely two different skill sets. I knew that in order to grasp the whole idea I would need to participate in one. There it was, I was looking at a great opportunity, the workshop's agenda for Mind The Product conference in London. C. Todd Lombardo, one of the co-authors of "Design Sprint" book, was organizing a

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Dual Track Scrum

Recently, I have been given a task to visualize a successful implementation of Scrum with a special emphasis on Product Organization within the company. It was a part of a larger interview process for an Agile Coach role. Here is what I came up with: Two tracks to rule your company There are two tracks on which your company rides. The metaphor here is that it is a train with a magnetic drive (we are in XXI century and build products with modern technology, right?). However, should one track fail it will come to a complete halt. It is rather obvious that failing at Product Delivery Track will stop the progress at your company, be it measured in money earned or innovations that it brings to

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Today I would like to showcase a bit of my creative spirit and by example explain the evolution of a team's board used for daily re-planning activity during Daily Scrum. I specifically do not use the term Kanban Board because the way I designed those boards might be unorthodox to say the least. First there was chaos What's this all about, you might want to ask? Well, the guys are having fun with the Marshmallow Challenge but the photo bomber is this Kanban board in the background that the team used to have. I mean no-one would possibly know the state of affairs in the sprint even when examining it with the highest attention possible and from the closest possible distance. Enter The New New Board

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