Agile Estimation – What’s it really about?

Agile Estimation Points and Tee Shirts*Agile Estimation* is a much talked about topic, and everyone and their neighbor has a viewpoint. I’m not going to talk about how to estimate or whether to use point system or tee-shirt sizes. I’ve seen many teams practice this and struggle a lot, and hence want to emphasize on something very fundamental – Problem Solving.

The estimation exercise, more than getting the size is really about creating a shared understanding and the teams’ ability to effectively rationalize the steps / approach to solving it. It’s about Problem Solving. The size number means nothing if your team has not been able to effectively break down the problem. Continue reading

DevOps, Supply Chain and Kanban

Introduction

Wikipedia definition of DevOps reads “DevOps (a portmanteau of development and operations) is a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and Information Technology (IT) professionals. DevOps is a response to the interdependence of software development and IT operations. It aims to help an organization rapidly produce software products and services.”

DevOps is a term to help software development organizations look at software development and operations as one entity, as opposed to two disparate organizational functions. In simpler terms, software application development starts with the requirements from customers and ends with those customers using the software for an intended business use. Developed software is useless unless an environment is available to run the software. DevOps forces organizations to think of the whole nine yards of development and operations (making the necessary environment available for the software to run) as a unit operation. Continue reading

Hello World

The Product Blog as the name suggests is a product-focused blog with specific focus on product management, product trends and product strategy in a rapidly changing world.

The world is set to dramatically change in the next 10 years. Internet of Things, Project Loon, Internet.org and more have ushered an era of change. Products will never look the same as they looked even a year before. Interfaces have blurred. Human-machine interactions have become subtle. The gap between humans and robots is narrowing than ever before.

Design and user experience is getting more critical. Products are becoming ubiquitous, interfaces have a new meaning and humans are interacting with products using all the 5 senses and the 6th sense.

The Product Blog will capture some of these fast changing trends, practices to product creation and their adoption in societies and enterprises.