Wow! What a month. I've changed my workplace, my employer and joined a great team. And I've become Chief Product Owner (without knowing in advance), so I've been literally on rails since beginning of September, traveling, learning. It was a great month with great people and still some sunny days. I worked through many, many tutorials and articles and almost set no time aside for documenting and collecting inspiring content.
In a few days, the biggest event of the year (for me) starts: The Spiel 2022 in Essen. This is the largest board game fair in the world and I can't wait to go there for a few days. And at the moment in my little spare time I am preparing lists, reading reviews and watching videos around games I want to play (actually, I secretly bought some of them already).
However, here is some inspiring stuff
- Remember summer? Here are some stunningly beautiful beach, shoreline and aqua shots.
- Heard of Simon Wardley? Here is his take on building future organizations.
- Does remote work work? Here are the insights of analysing 30000 work emails. Hey, wait? 30K emails? That's what I usually get in a day!
- You find some reflections on the principles of a retrospective at Stefan Wolper's Age of Product.
- Another look at value stream mapping. For me, value stream mapping is one important exercise to understand the value proposition of you, your team and every collaborative work you do.
- The article is titled POCs, Scrum, and the Poor Quality of Software Solutions and I thought: Wow! Popcorn Headline. But the article has it's valid points and takes a deeper look at what we measure and how we treat the learnings. Important read!
- Just for my own reference: Here are all the Coworking cafes in Berlin.
- On management30.com is a great, detailed article on the nature and leadership of distributed teams.
- Why did I not know this? Gerrit Beine and Sarah Wieske have published the Advanced Product Owner Manual - which to me is one of the invaluable and concise resource about Product Ownership out there.
- Agile planning? Here is an essay on collaborative planning in agile environments.
- I have always wondered, how siloed companies think that their cross-functional planning and target-setting works without further efforts. No Sir, your deadlines don't matter across silos.
Videos and podcasts
This month I learned a lot about video editing, so here are some resources tainted by vid ed stuff :)
- There is an interview/podcast with Marty Cagan out there to discuss the nature of a product.
- YT: Best iPhone Filmmaking Kit.
- YT (German): Some great advice from starting a YT channel.
That's it for this month. I wish you a great October and maybe we will meet in Essen!