Sergey Makarkin

Shakespeare’s Macbeth and agile product management

Yesterday I watched the Macbeth, a magnificent movie based on the cognominal Shakespeare’s tragedy. As described at IMDB, it’s a story of “Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself”. Besides that it is a beautiful movie (I really enjoyed it), I think that we can learn something about Agile product management form it.

If you have not read the play nor seen the movie beware — there are a couple of spoilers here. Otherwise continue reading on Medium.

Agile Courses are not Dead — Just Evolved

Jurgen Appelo’s article The Death of Agile Courses has a provocative, but fallacious title. Here is why.
Today one friend of mine, who is a business trainer and, asked me if this article really describes what’s going on in Agile world. That encouraged me to write this post.

First let’s consider qui prodest. Jurgen is “writer, speaker, developer, entrepreneur, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, and… Dutch guy”. And he also is a founder of Agility Scales — “game app, helps people develop agile mindsets”. So the claim of an article is basically the same as his vision. This does not necessarily mean that he is wrong, but this can mean that his opinion is probably biased by what he believes in as a vision of his company. I have to admit that I am probably biased, too — part of my job is providing Agile training. So the truth is probably somewhere in between 🙂

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