As I wrote in my previous post I am not very comfortable talking to our end users. What helps me become more confident, is to have a better understanding of what I am actually talking about. To that effect, I started analysing our product to find out how its individual parts are working. Here is […]Read More Overcoming the Fear of Talking to Users – Learning about the Product
When I got my first position as a product owner, it didn’t take me long to start contacting our users. I was eager to find out what they were doing and how our tool could benefit them. My calendar was full of meetings and there were more opportunities to explore than the day was long. […]Read More Overcoming the Fear of Talking to Users
When it comes to project management tools, my favourite is GitHub issues. I find them simple to use and I like the issue-code proximity. Since adding a label to a repository is so easy, you might lose oversight of all the labels you have and why you have them. Here are some tips for anyone […]Read More Small Tips for Organising GitHub Labels
Every now and then, I like taking note of all the small things that make my days at work a bit better.Read More Small Wins: The Little Things that Make our Days
A couple of weeks ago I went back to the office after 14 months. Entering the building I met two colleagues I talk to on the phone all the time. And yet, meeting them in flesh and blood I had no idea what to say. I mumbled something weird and quickly rushed to my desk. […]Read More Returning to the Office
When I started working as a Product Owner in the beginning of 2020, I didn’t know where to begin. There were the challenges of fitting in with the team as well as adapting to the new role. But besides that, there was simply too much to learn. To get started, I created a checklist of […]Read More My Product Owner Onboarding Checklist
This post first appeared at Ministry of Testing on November 16, 2020. One of the cornerstones of Continuous Delivery is to establish a reliable deployment pipeline. Each step of the pipeline aims to provide confidence and feedback on the quality of our changes in a timely manner. Removing any blockers from the pipeline should be the […]Read More Broken Pipelines? Somebody Else’s Problem
One of the discussions I keep on having is how practices like Continuous Delivery can jeopardise quality, not allowing enough time for “proper testing”. If every code change can be deployed to production how can we possibly know if the end user experience will remain good? A technique for maintaining a certain level of quality […]Read More Decoupling Deployments from Releases: in Other People’s Words
Huib Schoots and Joost Voskuil, had the idea to bring together people with an interest in Quality and ask them questions like “How can you sell Quality?” and “What limitations or barriers do you hit?”. On January 30th, 2021 the first (of many?) Quality Acceleration Peer Conference took place and I was lucky enough to […]Read More Balancing the Quality Scale
Since I started working as a Product Owner last year, the quantity of meetings that I needed to participate in increased exponentially. In the beginning I accepted every meeting request without a second thought. But as time went by, I realised that going to every meeting without thinking of the implications was not only un-productive […]Read More Etiquette: Declining Work Meetings
A couple of weeks ago I had a discussion with my manager whether we can set an initiative that we worked on to “Completed”. We had developed our part and handed it over to another team to consume the changes. But there were good chances that they would come back to us with further suggestions, […]Read More Are we Done? Really Done?
The book: Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Real Value The author: Melissa Perri The build trap is when organizations become stuck measuring their success by outputs rather than outcomes. I guess this relates to a point made in Accelerate about measurement models. It’s preferable to use a capabilities model of measurement […]Read More Quotes & Notes on “Escaping the Build Trap” by Melissa Perri
Recently, I was asked to give a 15 minute introduction on Quality Strategy in DevOps for our upcoming “Efficient DevOps with SAP” course and I happily accepted. And then, to my horror of horrors, I realised that I needed to figure out what a Quality Strategy is and what makes it unique in a DevOps […]Read More How does Quality fit in CALMS?
I created this blog a little more than 2 years ago, when I was on parental leave to take care of my second child. Unlike my firstborn, this little one would eat and sleep well without any major drama which gave me enough time to do other things besides household chores. A year later I […]Read More On Working and Blogging
Last month, I was lucky enough to attend the London edition of the DevOps Enterprise Summit 2020. Like most events this year, I got to watch the presentations from the comfort of my living room even though I was planning to go to London for it. The reason this conference is particularly interesting to me […]Read More DevOps Enterprise Summit 2020 – Notes on Compliance