Food for Thought #47: Scrum Slaves, Sane Estimations, Agile Borgs, Scaling Lean, Wally’s MVP

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of June 26th, 2016—shared with 3,010 peers—starts with a rant on Scrum slaves, aka Scrum masters being perceived as team secretaries, how to make people join the daily stand-ups joyfully, and preserve estimation accuracy over time. And still, when we talk about agile adoption the Borg way, resistance is futile.

We also explore a simple trick, how to plan for great retrospectives, utilizing Retromat to its full potential.

We dive deep into scaling lean product management with Ash Maurya, understand the importance of not falling for pleasing only your best customers, and analyze the long-term product strategy of Mr Musk.

Last, but not least, we enjoy Wally toying with the pointy-haired boss, and learn about Google’s epic undertaking of turning itself into “machine learning first” company. Have a great Sunday!

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Lean User Tests – Inviting Interviewees (Part 3 of 7)

This part of the Lean User Tests series focuses on selecting and inviting interviewees: Who is a suitable candidate, how to invite them and why you will need replacement candidates.

You should now be around three to four weeks away from your next—or first—user test. If anything is impeding you from reaching that goal, please do not hesitate to contact me by commenting this post, and I will gladly help you.

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Food For Thought #46: Agile Autonomy, #NoManagers, Anti Patterns, Show Work, Product Mojo & Scaling, AI

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of June 19th, 2016 provides the argument for agile autonomy and manager-free agile shops, and lets Basecamp’s CEO explain that the noble purpose of leadership is to establish autonomy, not control. We learn that team happiness is overrated, and how to fix some prevailing Scrum master anti patterns.

We also explore, why open office spaces may not spark creativity—it’s okay, if you want your cubicle back—, but make sure, that everyone can steal your work anyway. Speaking of which: scaling is no excuse for losing your product mojo, and that the CEO turn back the clock and fight bureaucracy. (Listen to Nancy Duarte’s great story.)

Last, but not least, we learn about a framework that might turn brainstorming finally into something useful, and that going Lean works in large organizations, too. Finally, we enjoy The Atlantic’s portrait of Ev Williams of Medium, and learn about AI and machine intelligence from Mr deep learning at a16z, Frank Chen. Have a great Sunday!

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Food For Thought #45: SAFe Failure, Agile Mindset, Spotify Rhythm, Trust in Products, Kevin Kelly’s “The Inevitable”

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of June 12th, 2016 provides insight in how large scale agile adoptions can go wrong — SAFe failure, so to speak —, how to take “dysfunction” out of cross-functional teams, and how to put mindset into the Agile Manifesto. Ever wondered, why Spotify is not descending into chaos? Read on.

We also explore five proven anti pattern that will ruin velocity as concept once and for all—a must-read for agile bean counters—, and we deal with the dreaded estimation idea. But wait, the news is not all negative. We learn, how information architecture can make sense of any product, and that customers putting trust in products is no miracle, but can actually be built into them.

Last, but not least, we look into the future: Do bots have to be kind all the time? And what, given that technological progress is inevitable, about the future of humans? Where will we be in 20 years from now? Kevin Kelly knows more about our destiny and shares it in an interview with Chris Dixon of a16z. Finally, we end the 45th edition with a great interview, starring Walt Mossberg and Jeff Bezos. Have a great Sunday!

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Food For Thought #44: Agile Impact, Scrum Moms, PM Rookie Mistakes, Disruption Ain’t Strategy

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of June 5th, 2016 provides Mary Meeker’s epic 2016 Internet Trends report, lists traits of Scrum moms, shows eight ways how to measure your success as an agile coach, stresses the importance of impact over velocity, and asks: Is “Agile” jumping the shark with SAFe?

We also explore the Agility Readiness Canvas, how we got stuck with the waterfall methodology in the first place, and how to stay focused by grounding product decisions with simple convictions. Wait, the best is yet to come: Facebook’s VP of Product Design shares her long list of lessons learned.

Last, but least, we understand that disruption is not a strategy, and how to avoid the eight classic rookie product management mistakes. We learn, when to stand firm and when to pivot, and we relax with an epic interview: Tim Ferriss is joined by Marc Andreessen of a16z.

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