Written by Thomas

Behavioral Anchoring in Product Management

What factors affects our decisions? Are we rational? And how easy is it really to change how we perceive any given product?

I frequently seek out new podcasts within the tech/business/process sphere. My latest hit has been subscribing to the Freakonomics podcast by Levitt and Dubner. Through slightly odd topics such as parenting, family firms, suicide rates and the value of quitting, these guys has a very inspiring and thought provoking angle on economics and how we behave.

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Team role matrix

There has been a bunch of tweets in the #prodmgmt tag displaying a very enlightening matrix on team roles.
Unfortunately the creator did not include the product managers in this matrix. Here is my take on an addition, add your own if you please :-) Read more →

Gamification of agile software projects

…or smacked by the motivational carrot


Gamification is hot and is becomming increasingly interwowen into more and more contexts all around us. Probably first introduced through frequent flyer milage point programs where the points are easy to collect, but often harder to spend. But now a core part of many online content contribution systems as a mean to engage and motivate participation. And why shouldn’t it? Many tedious tasks can be made much more fun. And why shouldn’t we enjoy work as much as we possibly can? Read more →

Retrospective Open Space impressions

I returned home yesterday after attending a get-together of retrospective facilitators. Today my head hurts, and I assume it’s because of the intensity of this experience.
Although a lot of participants had to cancel their trip due to the infamous ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajoekull vulcano, it felt very complete, at least from an outsiders perspective.

I would like to briefly recap what I observed and learned during the past week. Read more →

So You’ve Got Attention Issues?

Do you know the feeling you get 2ms after you just convinced yourself that it’s ok to check the news while you’re

  1. waiting for your code to compile
  2. just about to switch tasks
  3. stuck in a problem
  4. starting up your IDE/environment/application etc…

It’s that procrastinating feeling, right?

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Knowing your Knowledge Management

We have been using Athlassians Confluence wiki in my workplace and it has been a huge success in my workplace. Jira is coming around very nicely as well. So I think we have come a long way over the last year or so in integrating these tools and standards into many of our work processes and documentation needs. Read more →


After 18 months of waiting January 2009 finally arrived. Along with all the added personal mission statements, training ambitions and what not, this is also the month where the article written by Lars Matthiassen and me is getting published.

We got published in the International Journal of Business Information Systems with the article ‘Agility in a small firm: A sense-and-respond analysis‘. I’ll post the approved proposal when I dig it out of my mail box.