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The power of positive impact

12 March 2019

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What Pixar can teach Product Owners

A good Product Owner is a storyteller. You inspire and guide your stakeholders and development team with compelling accounts of the happy endings awaiting your customers, and your organisation as a whole.

Few storytellers have given more pleasure than Pixar, the people behind Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and, well, add your favourite here. With that in mind, ACL’s Shahed Khalili has put together a guide to the seven habits of great storytelling, inspired by Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling by Emma Coats.

Seven habits of great storytelling for product managers & UX designers , inspired by Pixar

Reading it made me realise that storytelling is at the heart of our Agile project kick-off kit. The kit steps you through a series of workshop exercises. Through these structured activities, you create, hone and share the story of your customers’ interaction with your product, from ‘Once upon a time’ to ‘And they lived happily ever after’.

Get your Project kick-off kit

How to succeed as a Scrum Product Owner

We’ve distilled all our popular Product Owner Primer posts into a single page. It pulls together everything you need to know to maximise value and make the world a better place, one customer at a time.

You’ll learn how to:

  • consistently deliver working solutions to your customers
  • work successfully with your Scrum Team and your stakeholders
  • discover the product your customers are waiting for
  • manage your Product Backlog for maximum value and minimum effort
  • constantly improve your product and processes.

Maximum impact: How to succeed as a Scrum Product Owner  →

Preview the course on YouTube and meet the coaches  →

Agile training from working Agile coaches

The Agile Professional Foundation is a two-day Agile immersion course taught by experienced Agile coaches. This means you get the benefit of their insights into how Agile teams work in the real world. Interactive and engaging, the training is a fun way to find new tools for making a bigger impact in your work.

Learn more or book

Meet your Agile trainers

Gavin Coughlan is Boost’s Culture Lead. Originally from Ireland, he’s now a prominent figure in the New Zealand Agile scene, as well as the host of RadioActive’s long-running Indie show.

“Thanks Gavin — you're a great teacher! I learned heaps.” Rachel Margaret, SilverStripe

Rebecca Jones has been coaching Agile teams for four years. She brings an infectious enthusiasm to all her training, including the knitting courses she runs for kids.

“Thank you so much for this week. You are an excellent presenter and facilitator.” Sarah Benjamin, Vanguard NZ

Why Ruby on Rails?

When you commission a web application, you might think that the development framework used is none of your beeswax, that it’s just a technical consideration. It is a technical choice, but it’s one that can have big implications for you as Product Owner.

That’s the reason we’ve put together a page on why Boost picked Ruby on Rails as our go-to framework for building complex web applications.

It looks at what Ruby on Rails is, why and when you should use it, and when you shouldn’t. And, because we’re not the only Rails shop in Wellington, we’ve also put together a list of other options.

TL;DR: We’ve found Ruby on Rails gives our clients the best balance of rapid development and robust engineering; the speed lets us deliver Agile solutions and the solid platform sets up our clients for future growth.

Choosing a Ruby on Rails development company  →

Our next Agile Professional Foundation runs on 8–9 April
Get the skills to deliver more value, faster.

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Te Aro Wellington 6011 New Zealand   |   |    +64 4 939 0062



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