47 episodes

Since publishing best-selling book, Project to Product, technology business leader, Dr. Mik Kersten, has introduced transformative frameworks and ideas for delivering software at scale. He has given numerous standing room only keynotes and presentations worldwide and is an internationally recognized thought-leader.

In this podcast, Mik + One, nothing is off the record as Mik sits down with industry-leading guests and delves into how they deliver value and drive digital transformations in their organizations.

Tune in for a new episode every two weeks! Subscribe to the Mik + One podcast today so you never miss an episode.

Follow Mik on Twitter: @mik_kersten #MikPlusOne
www.projecttoproduct.org

Mik + One: The Official Project to Product Podcast by Dr. Mik Kersten Dr. Mik Kersten: Author of Project to Product and Founder and CEO of Tasktop

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    • 5.0 • 27 Ratings

Since publishing best-selling book, Project to Product, technology business leader, Dr. Mik Kersten, has introduced transformative frameworks and ideas for delivering software at scale. He has given numerous standing room only keynotes and presentations worldwide and is an internationally recognized thought-leader.

In this podcast, Mik + One, nothing is off the record as Mik sits down with industry-leading guests and delves into how they deliver value and drive digital transformations in their organizations.

Tune in for a new episode every two weeks! Subscribe to the Mik + One podcast today so you never miss an episode.

Follow Mik on Twitter: @mik_kersten #MikPlusOne
www.projecttoproduct.org

    Episode 45: Jean-Michel Lemieux on Building Great Software to Maximize Business Impact

    Episode 45: Jean-Michel Lemieux on Building Great Software to Maximize Business Impact

    Joining Mik in this episode of Mik + One is Jean-Michel Lemieux, author, investor, advisor, and former CTO and SVP of Engineering at Shopify.

    In this episode, Mik and Jean-Michel discuss a wide range of topics around engineering, architecture, scale, organizational design, and flow.

    Key discussions include:

    How Lemieux approached his role at Shopify, and insights into some of the actions he took to turn Shopify into a platform to create business value
    The importance of identifying the type of work you’re doing in order to innovate and improve the velocity of your software evolution
    Structuring teams to ensure developer happiness, productivity, and success
    The importance of feedback loops and viewing platform as a product
    How to make an economic case to CEOs on why leadership needs to recognize digital platforms as important economic assets and investments

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    Follow Mik on Twitter: @mik_kersten #MikPlusOne
    www.tasktop.com


    For more information about Jean-Michel Lemieux and to view the full list of resources mentioned in this episode, as well as download the transcript, visit: https://projecttoproduct.org/podcast/jean-michel-lemieux/

    • 1 hr
    Episode 44: Geordie Henderson on Implementing Organizational Design and Innovation to Scale High-Performing Teams

    Episode 44: Geordie Henderson on Implementing Organizational Design and Innovation to Scale High-Performing Teams

    Joining Mik in this episode of Mik + One is Geordie Henderson, General Manager of AWS Messaging and Streaming at Amazon Web Services, and previously the VP of Engineering at Hootsuite.

    In this episode, Mik and Geordie share insights into organizational design and innovation to build, integrate and lead successful software organizations, as well as other key topics including:

    An overview of Geordie’s experience in scaling high-performing teams at Amazon Web Services and Hootsuite, and advice to leaders on the missteps to avoid
    Implementing the correct team structures and dynamics when optimizing flow for business outcomes
    How to successfully approach creating microservices teams and managing product needs
    The concept of Single Threader Owners (STOs) and the role of product and engineering leadership when organizing around products vs. technology
    Input versus output metrics and the importance of having set goals when evolving team structure
    Advice to leaders on creating the dynamic and structure required for driving innovation within the organization

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    Follow Mik on Twitter: @mik_kersten #MikPlusOne
    www.tasktop.com

    For more information about Geordie Henderson and to view the full list of resources mentioned in this episode, as well as download the transcript, visit: https://projecttoproduct.org/podcast/geordie-henderson/

    • 51 min
    Episode 43: Darrell Fernandes on Driving Organizational Improvement To Deliver Customer Value

    Episode 43: Darrell Fernandes on Driving Organizational Improvement To Deliver Customer Value

    In this episode of Mik + One, Mik is joined by Darrell Fernandes, Head of Product Technology at TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services organization that is the leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and governmental fields.


    In this episode, Mik and Darrell discuss themes around driving organizational improvement and customer value, as well as other topics including:


    The five key accountabilities that all IT product managers should consider when thinking about how an IT product fits within the market

    Insights into successfully building out Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) that align with the business outcomes and deliver customer value

    Organizing cross-functional Agile Release Trains (ARTs) as capabilities and guidance for building them into the business and technology roadmap

    Operationalizing at a business level and advice on educating leadership and business counterparts when getting buy-in

    Recognizing success and building incentives that strengthen how the teams operate to become more innovative, efficient and value-focused

    Advice on how to approach and introduce Flow within the organization to deliver greater business value


     


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    Follow Mik on Twitter: @mik_kersten #MikPlusOne
    www.tasktop.com


    For more information about Darrell Fernandes and to view the full list of resources mentioned in this episode, as well as download the transcript, visit: https://projecttoproduct.org/podcast/darrell-fernandes/

    • 55 min
    Episode 42: Manuel Pais on Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow

    Episode 42: Manuel Pais on Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow

    Joining Mik in this episode of Mik + One is Manuel Pais, co-author of Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow.


    In this episode, Mik and Manuel discuss some of the key themes in Team Topologies, as well as other topics including:


    Manuel's learnings and key tips on how to effectively manage team collaboration in the shift to remote-first and hybrid working

    The relationship between the ideas behind the Flow Framework and Team Topologies

    Advice on how to set up value streams to enable and improve team flow and capacity when delivering digital experiences

    Implementing a reorganization and advice to leaders on how to approach this, and why it’s important to understand, implement and evolve the team topology

    Treating platforms as products and the importance of investing in platform teams to manage cognitive load and provide greater value to customers


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    www.tasktop.com


    For more information about Manuel Pais and to view the full list of resources featured in this episode, as well as download the transcript, visit: https://projecttoproduct.org/podcast/manuel-pais/

    • 50 min
    Episode 41: Bank of New Zealand on Applying the Flow Metrics at Scale

    Episode 41: Bank of New Zealand on Applying the Flow Metrics at Scale

    To kick off the first episode of 2022, Mik is joined by two guests from Bank of New Zealand: Paul Littlefair, Chief Technology Officer, and BMK Lakshminarayanan, Value Stream Architect.


    In this episode, Mik, Paul and BMK delve into how Bank of New Zealand has been applying the shift from Project to Product and Flow Metrics, and other key topics including:


    Insight into how Bank of New Zealand’s transformation journey started, and the goals they first set out to achieve

    The importance of investing in continuous improvement, and rewarding for improvement and not just output

    Getting leadership buy-in, and why reporting the developer experience at the board level is crucial to enabling flow and visibility

    Introducing education around flow at all levels to create continuous learning across the organization, and insight into how Bank of New Zealand has executed this

    How tenacity, pivoting and starting today has brought a large enterprise organization like Bank of New Zealand on a great trajectory to getting things deployed, and how they’ve adapted their learnings at scale


    Subscribe to the Mik + One podcast today so you never miss an episode and don’t forget to leave your review.


    Follow Mik on Twitter: @mik_kersten #MikPlusOne
    www.tasktop.com


    For more information about Paul Littlefair and BMK Lakshminarayanan and to view the full list of resources featured in this episode, as well as download the transcript, visit: https://projecttoproduct.org/podcast/bank-of-new-zealand/

    • 58 min
    Happy Holidays: A Message From Dr. Mik Kersten

    Happy Holidays: A Message From Dr. Mik Kersten

    We're taking a break for the holidays, but Dr. Mik Kersten, Tasktop Founder & CEO, and best-selling author of 'Project to Product', has left a short message to thank all of you for tuning in over the last year.


    We'll be back with new episodes in 2022, however in the meantime, keep in touch by joining the Flow Framework Slack Community.


    Built on communal learning, trust and professional development, this community provides a safe space to connect with business and technology leaders seeking to develop expertise in the transition from project to product, value stream management, Flow Metrics and the Flow Framework.


    You will find a dedicated #ProjectToProduct channel where you can share success stories and challenges about your transformation journeys, ask questions and receive advice from your peers and even leave Mik a note about the podcast and suggestions for future guests! Mik has even made it his new year's resolution to check-in on discussion topics that arise from the podcast.


    Join now: https://flowframework.org/flow-framework-community/


    Subscribe to the Mik + One podcast today so you never miss an episode and don’t forget to leave your review.


    Follow Mik on Twitter: @mik_kersten #MikPlusOne
    www.tasktop.com

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

BuckSlayer0324 ,

Great podcast!

Love the way you tackle big systems issues and generate new insights.

Yogi_bears_tie ,

Perfect Topic

Using his material to try to get my management to maximize going from Waterfall to Agile by also going from projects to products.

NaomiLurie ,

Inspiring and thought-provoking

I really enjoyed the first two episodes with Mik and Gene Kim talking about their insights from working with hundreds of CIOs. These are two people who truly care about making every traditional business as successful as big tech companies and digital natives—and their passion is palpable. The stories they share are inspiring, funny and honestly a little scary! Recommend it highly for anyone working in software delivery!

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