Black Swan Farming

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WSJF – Weighted Shortest Job First

Weighted Shortest Job First is a scheduling algorithm (or if you prefer, a prioritisation method) that maximises the amount of whatever it is you choose to “weight” by in a given time period through a constrained...

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Tribal Leadership

Interested in culture, and introducing change in organisations? Özlem Yüce has a great intro to the Tribal Leadership stages that is well worth a read. I want to expand on a couple of things, but you really...

Asymmetric payoff – Tilted playing field – Black Swan Farming

Product Development Payoff Asymmetry

I recently gave a talk at a conference about “Tilting the playing field in product development”. I went through a number of “False Friends” – things that seem like a good idea, but actually lead us...

Value dictionary definition

Why are people afraid of estimating value?

When it comes to estimating value the biggest barrier is usually our own fixed-mindset. It is our prejudices and perceptions, fears and uncertainties that stop us from seeing what might be. To an impartial observer, it...

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Iterations vs Increments (Mona Lisa and Mrs Fox)

One of the best ways to tilt the playing field of Product Development is to take an iterative or incremental approach. What does this mean though? It is easy to get confused about the difference between...