Are we still on the right track? Answering this question in a collaborative effort of the scrum team as well as internal (and external) stakeholders is the purpose of the sprint review. Given its importance, it is worthwhile to tackle the most common sprint review anti-patterns.
Age of Product’s Food for Thought of May 28th, 2017—shared with 8,891 peers—revisits W. Edwards Deming 14 points of good (agile) management after 35 years. We also learn 40 tactics to empower resilient agile teams, we understand the importance of outcome drivenness for scaling agile successfully, and we analyze patterns of resistance of the corporate innovation process.
On the product side, it is all about identifying the right feedback by focusing on the signal and ignore the noise. We are getting skeptical about the innovation potential of personas, and we demystify Reddit as we learn how to use it for customer research.
Lastly: When was the last time that you thought a new technology is no more than a toy? Drones? You are not alone. Let Benedict Evans elaborate on the many ways and the increasing pace in which people dismiss technology.
I ran a poll on the question “Would You Recommend SAFe® as a Scaling Framework?” from May 3rd, 2017 to May 17th, 2017 to identify the Net Promoter Score® SAFe®.
In total, 212 participants replied during that period. Based on the Net Promoter Score® concept, 142 of those votes identified detractors, 31 promoters, and 39 passives. The resulting Net Promoter Score® of SAFe® as a scaling framework is – 52.
(Disclosure: I participated in the poll, and I belong to the group of the detractors.)
Age of Product’s Food for Thought of May 21st, 2017—shared with 8,724 peers—focuses on team building. We learn how to build a team for success and how to preserve its health by fighting criticism, defensiveness, contempt, and stonewalling. We understand that teams do not disrupt industry when they are kept in functional silos and that providing too much support as a coach can be harmful.
On the product side, we dive deep into the delicate balance between product discovery and product delivery. Also, we have to overcome a long-time bias that engineers want to code and nothing but to code.
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Age of Product’s Food for Thought of May 14th, 2017 is shared with 8,493 peers. Again, we ask the heretic questions: (Why) Do engineers hate agile? Or, does “agile” need refactoring because of warring factions of the community? And is there indeed a schizophrenic dichotomy noticeable?
On the product side, we dive deep into continuous everything, from dual track development, to cost of delay and mental models of successful product creators. (If causal loop or Pareto efficiency are all Greek to you, maybe you should cancel lunch? #justsaying)
Lastly: We learn from Mr. Business Model Canvas—Alex Osterwalder—how to recognize a problem of a target market and address it with a product.