Had this happen to me, figured I would share. Instances like this make the job worthwhile…
I have been working with a senior leader in our organization (one of my boss’s peers) regarding his groups agile transformation; he’s coming around and is starting to be really receptive to new, agile-centric ideas. He rang me up on Friday to talk MVP; his business partner is having trouble wrapping their heads around the term and what it means as far as delivery, and we chatted for a good hour about what it means and potential alternative terms (MMF, SMURF, etc.). He then asked me if I had any suggestions around how to get the business partners unified conceptually about what product they really need and how to define it. At the end I passed along Martin Fowler’s blog series on Paulo Caroli’s Lean Inception, and sent along a link to the book, telling him to check it out and that it may suit his needs.
Today I get an email from one of his directs who I know well; apparently he purchased the book prior to his flight out to meet his business partners and read the WHOLE thing. He’s using what he learned in the sessions and is now telling his teams to dig into it as he wants to consistently use this approach going forward.
I didn’t do anything special except point him in a potential direction, but to see what amounts to a quick conversation turn into some serious step change is pretty wild.