Food For Thought #43: Agile Metrics, Stakeholder Tips, Psychology of Success, Scaling Lean

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of May 29th, 2016 provides insights into essential agile metrics, and what questions to ask at the beginning of an agile transition. We deal with agile self-righteous know-it-alls, and lift the secret of Hubspot’s product management practice: customer centricity.

We also explore, what makes us buy things, and why traction is the first of all agile metrics. We also dive into lessons learned from Mr Lean Startup, Eric Ries, and read about SocialWire’s successful pivot.

Last, but least, we learn why enterprise culture is a double-edged sword, what artificial intelligence and automation will mean for the future of work, and how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities.

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Food For Thought #42: Remote Agile Teams, Success with Coaches, Hard Scrum Lessons, Roadmap Hacks

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of May 22nd, 2016 provides 20 helpful questions from new Scrum master to product owner, covers success factors, when working with remote agile teams and agile coaches, features an introduction to team psychology and the “cognitive bias” problem, and explains the so important moment of engineers engaging with customers.

We also explore, how agile principles can be applied to creating a business strategy, how to identify the most promising product managers, and why disruption is usually a long, slow, and complex journey.

Last, but least, we learn how to effectively and efficiently communicate a product roadmap to stakeholders, the four flavors of innovation failure, the dark side of blockchain, and why coding might have already peaked.

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20 Questions from New Scrum Master to Product Owner

From Scrum master to product owner, this set of questions addresses the future collaboration between the both and the rest of the team. The questions have been modeled after some basic principles, that high performing teams have in common. (You can read more on this topic in Marty Cagan’s post Product Success.)

20 Questions to Ask the Product Owner to Get up to Speed as a New Scrum Master

This post is following up on the previous post 20 Questions a New Scrum Master Should Ask Her Team to Get up to Speed.

This set of questions is intended for a first talk between product owner and Scrum master without involving the whole Scrum team.

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Food For Thought #41: The Kodak Moment, Radical Agility, Is SAFe Evil?, Free UX Guide

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of May 15th, 2016 covers the Kodak moment, failing to innovate and its tragic consequences, how great teams build great products, why empathy is essential for product success, how to employ JTBD in the right manner, and encourages to download a free UX research methodology guide.

We also explore how to get the right candidates for user tests, whether scaling agile with SAFe is an evil thing, that radical transparency is key to agile success, what agile KPIs need to be tracked, and what communication skills make you a good leader.

Last, but least, we learn about 12 innovation imperatives, why blockchain unbundles trust, and that less probably is not always more.

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Lean User Tests – How to Find the Right Candidates (Part 2 of 7)

This part of the Lean User Tests series focuses on acquiring the right candidates for the interviews, answering questions like:

  • How many applicants are required to fill an interview slot?
  • How to reach out to prospective candidates among your user base?
  • How to set up the application form?

There are differences in approaching candidates in the B2B versus the B2C space. However, the following general principles apply to all user interviews.

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Food For Thought #40: Scrum’s Achilles Heel, KPIs of Culture, JTBD Ebook, IT Disasters

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of May 8th, 2016 covers Scrum’s achilles heel —technical debt—, why whole organizations need to become agile and just isles within, the KPIs of culture, and that Scrum mums are overprotective and don’t scale.

We also explore the dark art of software estimation, the 10 success factors of great product teams and their metrics, and how to engage engineers in the design process.

Last, but least, we learn about the best practices of creating products at The Guardian, the biology of leadership, and the last decade’s most memorable IT disasters and what we can learn from them.

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