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OKR Questions

What are OKRs? Objectives and Key Results (OKR) is a framework that addresses both the long-term strategic direction for the company and the short-term daily management activities. OKR methodology is...

March 22, 2019

Managing Stakeholders

Without a doubt managing stakeholders is a top headache for Product Managers and Product Owners. As a Product Manager you cannot build a product on your own. You need a...

March 3, 2019

The Five Key Mistakes in Product Development

There are five key mistakes most companies make which prevent them from achieving their growth goals and leading their market. These failures significantly reduce the probability of delivering products with...

March 1, 2019

Hoshin Kanri (OKR)

The Hoshin kanri process addresses both the long-term strategic direction for the company and the short-term daily management activities. Hoshin Kanri is a process that allows you to successfully embed...

March 1, 2019

The Agile Promotion Office

This is an internal consulting and coaching capability with the mission to provide support for the transformation at all levels. You need to hire a competent Agile and Lean leader...

February 27, 2019

Lean Management

The system creates its own behavior. And, it is the responsibility of management to change and improve the system, not to manage people. Announcement of the Lean Strategy needs to...

February 27, 2019

Are you delivering stuff nobody wants? The three mistakes of digital product companies

According to a recent HBR blog post 72% of all new products don’t meet their revenue targets. Most new products (and companies) fail. The odds are against you. Around 75% of...

February 25, 2019

Hiring Product Owners and other unicorns …

Right now, there are more than 300 open job positions for Product Owner only in Spain in LinkedIn. Finding a great Product Owner in the market is as difficult as...

February 25, 2019

Continuous Improvement

Reorganizing in value streams will already provide huge benefits to your bottom-line, however that’s just the beginning. Lean is a never ending journey of continuous improvement towards perfection. In my...

February 20, 2019

Lean Startup Summit Berlin 2019

On 11-12 Feb 2019 took place Lean Startup Conference in Berlin. This is the conference revolving around Lean Startup with a clear focus on how to enable innovation in the...

February 13, 2019

Organize around Value Streams

Let's talk about perhaps the most important change you will have to do. When companies get started there are 5 guys working directly with the customers. Doing everything. As companies...

February 13, 2019

Define Core Values

A Lean Organization requires teamwork, trust, and respect for people, so it is key to articulate your core values at the same time as you define your Lean Strategy. Think...

February 6, 2019

It’s All About People

In a truly continuous improvement environment, the best ideas will always come from the people who do the work. So, transforming the way your people think and act is the...

January 30, 2019

Lead from the Top

Conceptually, shifting from a traditional to a Lean strategy is simple and straightforward. The problem is that it is very hard to do. For Agile to work at the strategic...

January 23, 2019

Writing a book

As you will have probably noticed I'm in the process of writing a book. And, I thought I'd share my experience and learnings so other people can feel inspired and...

January 17, 2019

Lean is the Strategy

Using Lean to turn your company around has a very simple focus. You want to improve all your processes so that you vastly improve the way value is added in...

January 16, 2019

The Ten Commandments of Agile

So far, we have seen what are the pitfalls and fundamental errors in Agile adoptions. We believe that most of these errors are caused by a lack of understanding of...

January 9, 2019

Lean Product Management – ¿Qué es?

Product Owner, ¿estás cansado de escribir Historias de Usuario y gestionar un backlog sin sentido? ¿Crees que tu equipo es una fábrica de funcionalidades? ¿Estás desarrollando funcionalidades que no se...

January 8, 2019

Build – Measure – Learn

Build-Measure-Learn cycle was coined by Eric Ries in his book Lean Startup, and like many other concepts from Lean Startup it has been widely misunderstood. But, it is important that...

January 8, 2019

The Bottleneck Is At The Top

As Peter Drucker used to say: “The bottleneck is always at the top of the bottle.” Often times when we start working with our clients they ask us to work with...

January 2, 2019

What is Product-Market Fit

Product-Market Fit is the most important milestone in the life of a product. Product-Market Fit is being in the right market with the right product. It is a key milestone...

January 1, 2019

Six Common Mistakes in Digital Product Management

Here, you can find a list of key mistakes that cause huge delays in time to market, frustration and a terrible waste of money and human potential. We can do...

December 23, 2018

Lean Startup

In case you are looking for a definition of Lean Startup and how can it help you as a Product Manager or Product Owner we explain it to you in...

December 21, 2018

Lack of Leadership

People do not like change. And resistance will come from every part of the company, from senior management to the teams. If your Agile adoption is not led by your...

December 20, 2018

Lean Product Management

Lean Startup has definitely changed how we develop modern products. However, still after 15 years, most companies do not take advantage of the teachings from this movement originated in Silicon...

December 16, 2018

The All Mighty Change Agents

Imagine the following situation. Like many other couples, you have problems in your relationship, and you decide to go to a couple therapist. After listening to your situation and asking...

December 13, 2018

The Evil Managers

In the Agile world many people have tried to kill management, or they regard management as a problem, whilst enforcing the role of Scrum Master or Agile Coach as the...

December 12, 2018

Failure to Innovate

“We didn’t do anything wrong”, said Stephen Elop is his last speech as NOKIA’s CEO. Nokia was the major agile adopter at the time. Proof that Agile is not sufficient...

December 5, 2018

Building the wrong thing right

This is the second capital sin of Agile. Building the wrong thing right. Let me tell you a story ... This was year 2004. As the technical lead of a...

December 3, 2018

The 5-step Guide to Effective Product Roadmaps

If you are a Product Manager, Product Owner, Head of Product or Chief Product Officer you will agree that Product Roadmaps are a nightmare and the source of many of...

December 1, 2018

The Seven Capital Sins of Agile

Over years of experience helping companies develop better digital products, we have come up with the seven key mistakes that prevent companies from benefiting from Agile. Agile works and it...

November 28, 2018

Agile didn’t solve a damn thing – Embrace Lean

Do you have the feeling that everybody is doing lots of things, super busy, but still the outcomes are below expectations? Is the quality of your deliverables a source of...

November 20, 2018

Lean – Operational Excellence as a Business Strategy

We have all know stories of great ideas dying out of a poor execution. Great business models or products which don’t reach the market on-time, with the quality expected or...

November 20, 2018

Deming’s 14 Points for Lean Management

In 1982, W. Edwards Deming published Out of the Crisis, a key milestone in modern management and still not understood by most of companies nowadays. Deming offers a theory of...

November 16, 2018

The bottleneck is always at the top of the bottle

As Peter Drucker used to say The bottleneck is always at the top of the bottle. Often times when we start working with our clients they ask us to work...

November 16, 2018

Embedding strategy into daily operation with OKRs

In our previous posts we talked about avoiding common pitfalls and errors when adopting OKRs and getting started with OKRs. In this blog post we will see how to embed your strategy...

November 16, 2018

Lean Product Management

In our last post, we where talking about why a better Product Owner is a Product Manager. But, what do we mean exactly by great Product Management? Keep reading. Modern product management was...

November 16, 2018

Getting started with OKRs

In our previous post we were talking about common pitfalls and errors when adopting OKRs. Now that you know what you shouldn’t do, let’s take a look at how to...

November 16, 2018

Management 3.0: ¿Por qué?

Como diría Jurgen Appelo, "el management es demasiado importante para dejarlo a los managers." Pero eso no quiere decir que debamos prescindir del management sino que debemos proporcionar los principios,...

August 3, 2018

The Seven keys of the great Product Owner

As organizations evolve towards truly customer-centric end-to-end product development models, the role of the Product Owner is going to evolve. Till now, most of POs are just proxies between Product Management...

July 31, 2018

Management 3.0: Lean Management for the 21st century

Since the arrival of Agile many people have tried to kill management; without much success, I must admit. But, in Lean, managers have always been a key part of the...

July 20, 2018

Succeeding with OKRs

Hi there! If you are reading this you are probably struggling with OKRs. So, keep reading, you stepped into the right place :) This is the first of a series...

June 21, 2018

Five books every Innovation Manager should read

In order to survive 21st century’s rate of unprecedented technological change and disruption, business managers need understand the mindset, principles and practices from Lean Startup and apply them successfully in...

May 28, 2018

A better Product Owner is a Product Manager

The great forgotten in Agile adoptions, conferences and literature is Product. Most companies doing Agile are just doing Agile in IT. It is still the old service-provider paradigm between the...

May 25, 2018

Aktia Solutions is born

On the 9th of January 2018 Aktia Solutions was born. Another step of a journey that began in 2009. Story This was 2009 when I heard of Agile for the...

May 9, 2018