Food for Agile Thought #107: Quick Fix Agile, High-Performance Agile, How to Identify Product Metrics

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #107—shared with 11,115 peers—covers the change of mind of a design thinking skeptic, quick fix agile, and high-performance Agile.

We gain insight into why agile and DevOps are made for each other, and we get a fascinating report on Facebook’s continuous delivery practices.

Lastly, we turn again to product discovery and its various traps: from leading questions in user interviews to chasing the wrong product metrics.

Have a great week!

Food for Agile Thought #107: Quick Fix Agile

🏆 The Tip of the Week

Christina Wodtke (via Medium): How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Design Thinking

Beyond Post-its: Christina Wodtke on the magic of design thinking as an approach to product and service innovation.

Quick Fix Agile & Scrum

John Cutler (via Hacker Noon): Extra Strength 5-hour AGILE

John Cutler discusses 5-hours agile, also know as quick fix agile or ‘we need to go faster right now’ agile.

Lauri Apple (via GitHub): Transitioning to Management: Building Products and Startups, and Managing Managers

Lauri Apple aggregated a very useful list of articles on building products and startups and managing managers.

Simon Powers and Michael Sahota: Wave 2 of Agile: Living Agile for High Performance

Michael Sahota points at that we know that the high performance comes from being agile. The question is: How do we get there?

Chuck Rossi (via Facebook): Rapid release at massive scale

Chuck Rossi describes how continuous delivery works at Facebook.

James Betteley (via InfoQ): Merging Agile and DevOps

James Betteley dissects the requirements to join agile practices such as Scrum and DevOps successfully.

Matthew Heusser (via TechBeacon): Dev team velocity: Are you doing it wrong?

Matthew Heusser analyzes why the concept of velocity in software development goes wrong so frequently, and how to fix it.

Product & Lean

Heather McCloskey (via UserVoice): Focus on the Metrics that Matter: Identifying Your Product’s Key Metrics and KPIs

Heather McCloskey stresses the importance of focussing on the right data to collect, not just any data.

(via WhatUsersDo): What are 'leading questions' in UX tests and how can you avoid them?

Becca Kennedy on leading questions that can cloud your UX test.

(via Mind The Product): Hassen Karaa – Building a Successful Enterprise Product: Think Beyond the Features

Hassen Karaa defines in this talk four fundamental principles of how to build enterprise products successfully.

Paulo Rebelo (via Front Row Agile): The Product Roadmap as a Driver for Innovation and Engagement

Paulo Rebelo details how a product roadmap links organization strategy to tactical actions.