Attitude of the development team to the product

Back in the old days, most of my Agile consulting was coming into well-performing Agile teams who wanted to talk about improving their testing. So I got to see a lot of seasoned teams. What struck me most, and made me happiest, was their stance toward their product and the product owner. Proud. Enthusiastic. Engaged.

Dave Hoover of Obtiva has been working on a product called Mad Mimi for some time. At my request, he’s collected some of his tweets about it. He exemplifies that attitude I so enjoy. To pique your interest, here are some samples:

Wow, @madmimi has had a great 24 hours. Seems like a tipping point is coming soon. Really exciting to witness this stuff first-hand.
Thu Jul 10 17:34:40 +0000 2008

Sheesh, I’m really impressed by the emails that people are putting together with @madmimi:
Thu Nov 20 13:47:40 +0000 2008

@ByENNEN: Your wish is @madmimi’s command. Have a look now. :)
Tue Dec 30 20:14:24 +0000 2008

In awe of @madmimi today. Went from $100k/year in revenue to $200k/year in revenue in just 2 months. Zero dollars spent on advertising, FTW!
Wed Jan 14 22:04:50 +0000 2009

Fell asleep at 9 last night in the living room “tent” with the boys. Up at 4 this morning. Couldn’t stop myself from hacking on @madmimi.
Mon Feb 16 13:31:44 +0000 2009

@Kellypaull Yes, I use @madmimi. I also built it. :)
Mon Apr 20 05:29:20 +0000 2009

Twitter Driven Development: 13 days ago @misterpowell complained about @mailchimp’s RSS-to-Email. Today, @madmimi released its RSS-to-Email!
Wed Jun 03 21:48:36 +0000 2009

I’m so biased nowadays. Every newsletter I receive via Constant Contact makes my stomach turn. Hard not to reply with @madmimi evangelism.
Mon Jun 22 21:34:06 +0000 2009

This song about @madmimi just made my day
Wed Jul 08 19:54:48 +0000 2009

Can’t sleep after reading @mfeathers‘ blog post and checking the latest @madmimi subscription numbers…
Thu Sep 10 05:10:12 +0000 2009

Here’s the whole list.

2 Responses to “Attitude of the development team to the product”

  1. lcrispin Says:

    Speaking of teams, whatever happened to your Travels in Software book where you interviewed different teams? I thought it was such a great book idea (especially since you interviewed our team!)

  2. Brian Marick Says:

    I think the Studs Terkel style won’t work - software development isn’t as interesting as WWII or the Great Depression. I’m still trying to think about how such a book would work.

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