The Importance of Scrum Ceremonies

I recently had a really great conversation with a fellow co-worker about how and why companies struggle with the adoption of agile methodologies like Scrum. It just so happened that he had come from a very large company where someone had undertaken something unheard of — they attempted to objectively measure the effect that Scrum…

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Why Facebook Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Buy tbh

There was one line in TechCrunch’s report about Facebook’s purchase of social app tbh [sic] that made me raise my eyebrows (emphasis mine): Facebook announced it’s acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh and will allow it to operate somewhat independently with its own brand. tbh had scored 5 million downloads and 2.5 million daily active users…

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How to build a billion dollar digital marketplace – examples from Uber, eBay, Craigslist, and more

Marketplaces are easily underestimated When marketplaces get big, they can get really big. Some of the biggest tech successes ever – eBay, Airbnb, Alibaba, Uber – are marketplaces worth tens of billions of dollars each. And yet marketplaces often start small, in niches and weird corners of the Internet. As we all know, when eBay…

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The Culture Cliché

If you’re looking to shift your company culture, it starts with understanding what culture is in the first place.“Culture” has become the ultimate buzzword these days.Everyone wants to “improve their company culture.” I see the word frequently littered across the headlines of countless of articles, book titles, and conference talk topics. Leaders also seem to talk about…

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Goodbye Gatekeepers

I’d be remiss in not stating the obvious: Harvey Weinstein is a despicable human being, who did evil things. It’s worth noting, though, the structure of Hollywood that made it possible for him to do so much evil with such frequency for so long. The Structure of Hollywood There has always been a large…

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Jony Ive’s iConcern

Ive’s iConcern At last week’s New Yorker TechFest conference, superstar Apple designer Jony Ive took the stage. At some point during the presentation, Ive was offered a softball question about the ways the iPhone has changed the world. Ive’s response was surprising: “Like any tool, you can see there’s wonderful use and then there’s misuse.” Asked…

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Google’s Search for the Sweet Spot

This was my favorite slide from yesterday’s Google hardware event: Oh, sorry, wrong picture. Here you go: For Google, a cloud on the slide is not necessary: it is the very essence of the company. Hardware, well, perhaps a little over-compensation is in order. Apple’s Sweet Spot Steve Jobs’, in his last keynote, framed that…

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