This issue of Inside Product Ownership is coming out a little late as I wanted to recap my week at Agile2018. As a result, I’m writing this on the way back home from San Diego.
Hopefully it will provide you a bit of light reading over the weekend, or a nice way to start your week whenever you see it.
I wanted to share some of my initial lessons learned from performing usability testing on agilealliance.org at Agile2018. I’ve also included some links to a couple of the keynote videos, as well as a session I found particularly enjoyable.
The North American conference always proves to be a long week for me, but it also serves to recharge my batteries and give me some new ideas to pursue going forward. This year is no exception.
Usability Testing Lessons Learned
Because I’m content curator and product owner for Agile Alliance, I spent most of this conference working. Whether that was keeping an eye out on content to grab for the website, or performing some usability testing on Agile Alliance’s website. Here’s a recap of the lessons I learned about usability testing.
Agile2018 Sketch Notes
One of the more interesting trends that has come about in the last couple of years is the sketchnoting craze. Because my artistic skills are not quite up to snuff, I find myself participating as a curator rather than a creator. Here’s a collection of Agile2018 Sketchnotes that I came across on Twitter this week.
The future of work and healthy teams
Dominic Price opened Agile2018 with this keynote that explored his experience helping Atlassian scale over the last 5 years (what worked, and what didn’t!), and also shared insights into how they are helping their customers evolve.
What’s the story about agile data
Troy Magennis kicked off Wednesday morning (and the new Data, Metrics, and Forecasting track) at Agile2018 with a keynote that drove home the point that having the data isn’t enough, you have to tell the story that leads to the right action.
This is an important idea relevant for product ownership as you look for ways to measure outcome rather than output and find ways to make that focus on outcome meaningful and actionable.
UX in Space: How NASA’s JPL is Adopting A User-Centered Design Approach
Krys Blackwood probably delivered my favorite session of the conference, probably because it combined techniques of interest to product people applied to the space program. She talked about the ways in which JPL is adapting time-tested procedures and rigorous processes to involve iterative, user-centered approaches from mission design all the way through launch and beyond.