Maximum Feasible Miracle

Current technological constraints heavily influence many of our product decisions. When figuring out the minimum in your Minimum Viable Product takes too much energy, consider temporarily discarding all of the constraints. Later, incrementally reintroduce them back, monitoring the impact on the product. Exploring product without constraints allows your team to reconnect with the underlying customer behaviour and identify both smaller and better ways to serve it — the ways hidden behind years of bad memories about intractable problems.

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Impactful Reports

Often, when building a software system, teams are asked to develop a series of reports or even a generalized report builder. Every single requested report is hiding a need, which it was devised to fulfill. Stating the need explicitly and reworking specifications to better reflect it, makes it easier to plan, prioritize and deliver the software that matters. Clearly stated objectives allow teams to fundamentally challenge underlying assumptions and develop reporting capabilities with a bigger impact.

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The Innovation Slider

Every time I meet a client to discuss their new project plans, I encounter the same question: "I want my software to be unique and different. How much will it cost?”. The problem is that unique products and true innovation are difficult to estimate, and even harder to accurately budget for. Helping a business find the balance between the innovation they need, and the predictability they want led me to create the Innovation Slider, a tool you can use to harmonise the split between innovation and predictability in software projects.

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