Niklas Kari

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Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Prod&hellip by Roman Pichler
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Roman Pichler's Agile Product Management with Scrum is aimed for people that already have prior knowledge of both product management and scrum. In practice the book is 95% about scrum and only 5% about product management. The focus is on the role the product owner in the scrum development endeavor. The subtitle "Creating Products that Customer Love" is quite misleading as the book doesn't deal much with how to extract insight from the market. For instance the chapter on how to create product vision was only four pages even if it had references to a fairly substantial literature.

Having read this book after reading Mike Cohn's book Succeeding with Agile was somewhat of a… Read more
Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using &hellip by Mike Cohn
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
After having worked for some years as product owner for scrum teams I decided it was time to complement the few short scrum trainings I had had with a good book on scrum. I found Mike Cohen's book a very good overview of different aspects of scrum. Note that this is not an introductory book, but rather a book for someone who already knows the basics about scrum and wants to get more detailed knowledge.

My personal take home lessons from the book:
* I really need to focus more on empowering the team to own the problems and must try to resist my occasional urge to solve issues for the team
* Now I have a pretty good idea how to scale up the development effort, something… Read more
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The central argument of The Rational Optimist is that things in general have improved and most likely will continue improving. The books reasoning can be summarized as follows:
1. Humanity has such an astonishing track record of improving things that it is difficult to find any measure that would show any long-term worsening. By most measures things have improved vastly regardless of whether you take a view of decades or thousands of years. Why would progress stop now?
2. The gravest challenges of today are not likely to derail progress in any significant way: we have better means than ever to decrease poverty and climate change will most likely not pose significant problems for… Read more

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