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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Scrum Master Anti Patterns: Beware of Becoming a Scrum Mom (or Scrum Pop)

TL; DR: Beware of Becoming a Scrum Mom (or Scrum Pop)

Trying to be supportive and do good, is most of the time an honorable thing. This is particularly true in your capacity as a Scrum master. However, doing too much good can quickly have the opposite effect. It’s a known Scrum anti-pattern, often referred to as the Scrum mom syndrome.

Read on to learn more about its manifestations, and the damage to your team caused by being overly protective.

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Disclaimer: Of course, this post is in no way intended to be gender-specific. In my experience, there is no difference between the Scrum pop and the Scrum mom. This post is all about the emerging trend of Scrum helicopter parenting.

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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

TL; DR: 20 Questions to Ask the Product Owner to Get up to Speed as a New Scrum Master

From Scrum Master to Product Owner, this set of questions addresses the future collaboration between the two individuals 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.)

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

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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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