Three Designs for the New Scrum Comic — Which One Do You Prefer?

Introducing Age of Product’s New Scrum Comic

After three weeks in the making, it’s my pleasure to present you with three designs of our first Scrum comic strip. Each of the designs is a different visualization of one of the 38 Scrum Master Interview Questions:

A user story is lacking the final designs, but the design department promises to deliver on day #2 of the upcoming sprint. The product owner of your Scrum team is fine with that and pushed to have the user story in the sprint backlog. What is your take?

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Food For Thought #65: Scrum Comic, Software Anti-Patterns, Coach Exit, Feedback Loops, Pricing

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of October 30th, 2016—shared with 4,467 peers—uncovers negative patterns not just in software development but also in our communication with sales and marketing. But wait: we also learn what it takes to better collaborate as a team and how to avoid costly misunderstandings.

After three weeks in the making, it’s my pleasure to present you with our first Scrum comic strip, and I would love to hear your feedback: shall we have a new comic strip every week?

Last but not least, we learn how to optimize our customer feedback loop, why Microsoft is more innovative than Apple, and how to best price your products. Finally, if you are curious about the story behind Jeff Bezos’s laughter, listen to him—we have a great video.

Enjoy a great Sunday!

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Food For Thought #64: Patchwork Agile, Modern Agile, MVP Course, PM on Github, Google Strategy

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of October 23rd, 2016—shared with 4,369 peers—explains why slack time and saying “no” are integral parts of modern agile, and why status emails aren’t.

We also prepare you for the dreaded C-level talk on the benefits of moving from a patchwork of agile islands to an agile organization, and introduce estimating by back scratching.

We then enjoy a fair share of the ‘Mind the Product conference London 2016’ with Marty Cagan, we graduate from the ‘How to Create an MVP’ course, and get excited about an enormous repository of product management advice on Github.

Last but not least, we take away your angst that Google might ruin your latest product idea.

Enjoy a great Sunday!

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Food For Thought #63: Agile Big Picture, Healthy POs, Product Demos, F*** You Startup World

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of October 16th, 2016—shared with 5,085 peers—finally simplifies the agile big picture from product discovery to product delivery in two great posts. We even explore how to get rid of estimations.

We then learn how to organize and run a company-wide product demo across three countries, and how to deal with prospective clients who keep asking you, how much the upcoming agile project will cost them.

We also dive deep into the journey from business person to Product Owner, and what keeps the PO happy, healthy, and productive. We also learn the relaunching legacy products doesn’t have to be a nightmare, making your PO unhappy, unhealthy, and thus unproductive.

Last but not least, you need to read Shem’s epic rant about the startup world. (Note: it’s sort of bordering on #NSFW.) We also hear from a new obsession of the nouveau riche: is our existence Matrix-like just an algorithm? (Before you read the post: is it the red or the blue pill?)

Enjoy a great Sunday!

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Food For Thought #62: Scrum Anti Patterns, Spotify Scaling Fallacy, 10 X Products, #mtpcon

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of October 9th, 2016—shared with 4,932 peers—requires you to be strong: you will face the worst example of Scrum anti-patterns in years. Speaking of dark times, Ron Jeffries also reminds us why developers sometimes feel unsafe in agile environments.

We then have to let go of the idea that the route to scaling agile means adopting the “Spotify model”. Spoiler alert: you have to figure that out on your own. We provide you with 10 principles for the transition, though, as well as a great video with Alex Osterwalder from our friends at Podojo.

We then dive deep into how to find the 10 X product worth building, for example, using Drift’s “Burndown Framework”. If you now have doubts about whether your product delivery organization is up to the task, check John Cutler’s list of 30 issues when considering its health status. You didn’t attend “Mind the Product 2016”? Don’t worry, we have the executive summary for you.

Last but not least, we learn how Didi defeated Uber in China, and ask: Are Facebook, Twitter & co. aging utilities, powering an outdated version of the social internet?

Enjoy a great Sunday!

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Food For Thought #61: Fake Agile, Cargo Cult, Agile Idiots, 50 PM Blogs, Addictive Apps

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of October 2nd, 2016—shared with 4,804 peers—deals with fake agile, façade agile, agile idiots, and cargo cult in the cradle of disruption: Silicon Valley.

We then have fun with a “Scrum master” job posting, get access to notes from the original Agile Manifesto meeting, and are sold on the idea that team building is not just everybody’s concern, but actually can be fun and productive at the same time.

We also understand how to build awesome offline boards and the science behind making apps addictive. Finally, we can fill all the idle time in our lives with content from 50 must-read product management blogs.

Last, but not least, we learn about the endless bombardment of news and gossip, and images that have rendered us manic information addicts.

Enjoy a great Sunday!

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