Food For Thought #34: Agile Is Dead, Don’t Hire PMs, Design in Tech, Tech Debt

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of March 27th, 2016 covers why Agile is dead, and why you shouldn’t hire product managers. A16Z general partner Lars Dalgaard explains how to scale a company and its culture, and that it’s possible to run 12 user tests per week, and design has an impact on technology in Silicon Valley.

We talk about how to tackle technical debt, what Peter Drucker means for Scrum, and that Agile is at least causing problems.

Apropos problems: #34 provides tips for better backlog refinement and sprint planing ceremonies, points to a great poster on Agile coaches/ Scrum masters, and reports in the increasing troubles of on-demand startups. And finally, we talk about Jeff Bezos’ leadership principles.

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Why Engineers Despise Agile

The agile consulting industry repackages an originally human-centered, technology-driven philosophy into a standardized, all-weather project-risk mitigating methodology. Sold to command & control organizations, their middle managers turn “Agile” into a 21. century adoption of Taylorism for knowledge workers. Beyond this meta-level, the reasons, why engineers despise Agile, fall into five categories: Control, manipulation, monitoring, technology and teamwork.

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Food for Thought #33: Feature Bloat, Users = Animals?, Scrum & LeSS, Agile too Costly?

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of March 20th, 2016 covers how to get out of the feature bloat epidemic, Intercom’s product prioritization rules, and how to spot a problem worth solving.

Also: How to use basic psychology to build a customer base, product management at enterprise level, how to tame engineers—a 12 min crash course, scaling agile with LeSS, and the 9th Annual State of Agile™ Survey. Speaking of which: is agile costing too much? And how to do spot new technology trends? And why will blockchain change the billions of lives?

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Food for Thought #32: Agile Team Building & Leadership

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of March 13th, 2016 covers Agile team building from coaching and engineering perspectives, agile leadership, 15 years into the Agile Manifesto, discovery coaches, Product Hunt’s magic rise, product portfolio management with stage-gates in the era of Agile, how to run corporate design sprints, the psychology of stupid mistakes, workaholism, is messaging more a distraction than supportive and the art of failing upward.

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Free Download of Ebooks on Agile Issues: Scrum, Hiring, and Failure

Welcome to Age of Product’s download page of FREE content about Agile issues!

You may have noticed that we like to provide you with content upgrades that make it more convenient for you to benefit from our lessons learned.

For example, if you’re looking to hire a Scrum Master, we have a free ebook for you, featuring 38 questions and answers. So, you can more quickly identify candidates with an agile mindset.

If you are the new Scrum master in the team, you may want to get up to speed as fast as possible. And there’s a PDF for that, too: we compiled a handy list of 22 questions, which provide a solid start for your first day on the new Scrum Master position.

If you are in doubt that “agile” is working well within your organization, we have a questionnaire (featuring 25 detailed questions) available to you at no cost. With this questionnaire, you can quickly organize a poll and check the state of “agile” health of your organization!

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Food for Thought #31: Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of March 6th, 2016 covers innovation & economics, the concept of design sprints, and questions the state of Lean startup. It also provides a PDF to detect cargo cult agile in the organization, covers trends in product discovery, bloatware and feature creep. It covers better product roadmap techniques, leadership when scaling agile, how to start an agile transition at enterprise level. Last, but not least, #31 deals with the dark side of Scrum, the psychology of team, and contains a great interview with Marc Andreessen and Clayton Christensen on competence and disruption.

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