Tom shares our collaborative team process where everyone participates in planning and moderating with customer sessions to discover the right answers. Questions about the talk? Leave them in the comments!
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Redbubble is hosting a series of events where the web technology community can come together and discuss some thought-provoking ideas, led by both our own team and members of the community that inspire us. So come in, share a drink and lets talk tech! On May 21st, Redbubble’s Tom Sommer and Abla Hamilton present…… Stop Guessing! Talk to your Users to Find the Whys
At Redbubble we are about supporting the communities that love creating. Whether the creation is web products, set work or any engaging experience, it doesn’t matter. It’s our commitment to foster and nurture those that are passionate. One of the initiatives in the web product arena is supporting the LAST Conference (@LASTConf) – a small, local grass roots event all about product development. Craig and Ed the team at LAST work hard to get great speakers and sponsors that live and breathe product and if you have attended, you’d understand it’s a great day.
Last Wednesday, we hosted a meet-up of the Agile Product Owners and Business Analysts group. The title of this meetup was “Validated Learning and Outcomes Using Lean Startup and Agile“. At Redbubble, we believe that sharing the knowledge and the experience we have is important for the community. We are grateful to have such capable and keen people around us and hosting an event like this would allow us to make the world a better place. We also wanted to talk about how we practice Lean Startup and Agile principles to achieve our goals of increasing value to our customers.
Some time ago, we stumbled on a way of looking at organising development teams courtesy of Spotify. According to this paper (PDF, and also an excellent read), Spotify organise their teams in several orthogonal ways. Redbubble is quite similar.
A couple of weeks ago we were honoured and excited to welcome Alistair Cockburn, one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, into Redbubble HQ. It was a hastily arranged, last minute opportunity, and we were thrilled that Alistair could spare the time for us out of his busy trip to Melbourne. Alistair took over Level 2 (none of our meeting rooms were big enough for the occasion). He told us a bit about himself, his views on Agile Software Development (he describes it as a “co-operative game”) and ran an exercise with us.
Over the past few months the team had been getting enthused over the idea of a Hack Day and there had been much discussion on how to make it happen. Very few of us had first hand experience with the concept so taking the philosophy of walk before you run, we decided to do a small-scale run within the Engineering team before moving onto a bigger event. So we nominated a date, started listing some projects and come the day, ended up with three teams of two to get going. The day started with a brief kickoff session whereby each team gave an outline of their project and what they hoped to achieve, taking feedback from the rest of the