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Outlasting

You in business? What are you doing to last? Not to grow. Not to gain. Not to take. Not to win. But to last?I wouldn’t advocate spending much time worrying about the competition — you really shouldn’t waste attention worrying about things you can’t control — but if it helps make the point relatable, the…
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The Product Lifecycle

This post comes courtesy of a direct request from one of my supporters over at Patreon, who asked me if I could give them a 10,000 foot-level overview of the Product Lifecycle from ideation to delivery. While nothing here should be terribly earth-shattering or world-changing, I think it’s important for us as Product Managers to… via…
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Amazon Health

It’s pretty rare for the same company to feature in two consecutive Weekly Articles; yesterday’s announcement of a health care initiative involving Amazon, though, is not only incredibly intriguing, it also fits directly into some of the most important themes on Stratechery. I couldn’t resist. The Announcement From a joint press release: Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway… via…
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Agile coaching for the greater good

One of the most exciting aspects of working as an Agile Coach is applying what we know to other industries. Especially when what we do serves the greater good. We’re both always actively looking for opportunities to work with integration initiatives, and in this case we supported an initiative to improve integration of newcomers. Here’s… via…
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Growing apart and losing touch is human and healthy

I quit Facebook back in 2011 for a lot of reasons, but perhaps the most crucial was to rebel against its core mission: Connecting the world. I was over-connected with the world, acquaintances and friends from the past, and I wanted out.Zuckerberg has repeatedly doubled down on the toxic idea that we should only have one……
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Amazon Go and the Future

Amazon Go is the story of technology, and so is this tweet: I’m in Seattle and there is currently a line to shop at the grocery store whose entire premise is that you won’t have to wait in line. pic.twitter.com/fWr80A0ZPV — Ryan Petersen (@typesfast) January 22, 2018 Yesterday the Amazon Go concept store in Seattle… via…
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How to run Ansible tasks in parallel

When you use Ansible to provision hosts, running a task on a set of hosts in parallel is not a problem. You simply use the `serial` keyword in a playbook. See: http://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/playbooks_delegation.html#rolling-update-batch-size What about when you want to run a task several times in parallel, either on each host, or on a single host? A… via…
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Agile Coach to Team Relationship

The role or function of an agile coach can be be a bit of a challenge to wrap your head around if it is new to you. Depending on your situation and on agreements with people in your organization, an agile coach could work with a wide range of responsibilities. It could be working closely… via…
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Team coaching in practice

Have you worked with teams that don’t communicate well? Or teams that don’t collaborate? What about teams that deliver late or with poor quality? Or maybe teams that are in constant negative conflict? How do you tackle these issues? It might feel like you can fix everything by changing some of the people on the… via…
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On Seriously Rethinking the Digital Economy

  A Diamond in the Economic Rough Two weeks ago, the American Economic Association held its annual meeting in Philadelphia. Spread over three days and two different hotels, this conference included over 500 sessions. Buried in the program, during the morning on the last day, was a grab bag paper session titled Radically Rethinking Economic Policy.……
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