Food for Agile Thought’s issue #135—shared with 15,812 peers—focuses on agile ecology, given the rise of the agile-industrial complex, and why we all are called to do something about it.
We also learn how to scale high-performance technology organizations with Lean and DevOps, and why Henry Ford’s principles destroy software engineering today.
Lastly, we deal with organizational silos and other management principles that so often prevent product teams from creating useful products — from a customer perspective. (Which is why Marty Cagan calls product management a hard thing.)
Have a great week!
🏆 The Essential Read
Lean Product Meetup: ‘Product is Hard’:
Marty Cagan shares product management wisdom from the second edition of his book ‘Inspired.’
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Agile Ecology & Scrum
The Agile Ecology:
Ron Jeffries advocates why everyone in the ‘agile’ community needs to do something about the agile-industrial complex.
Andreessen Horowitz): a16z Podcast: All About DevOps (or, What Makes Successful Companies Tick?)(via
A must-listen-to podcast, starring Jez Humble and his new book ‘Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps — Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations.’
Hackernoon): Your Agile Assembly Line Workers: How Henry Ford is Destroying Software(via
Marcus Blankenship takes us back to the heyday of Taylorism and how that is still reflected in today’s tyranny of velocity.
📯 Webinar #1: Product Discovery Anti-Patterns — April 10th, 2018
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Product & Lean
Medium): The Corporate Product Death Cycle(via
Bram Kanstein explains what happens to the product culture when corporations communicate — instead of validating — success.
WiderFunnel): How to blast through silo mentality to create a culture of experimentation(via
Lindsay Glauser Kwan outlines a five-step process for blasting through silo-mentality and creating a culture of experimentation.
Medium): Am I a Product Manager or a Product Owner? Part 2: 5 Ways to Untangle the Mess(via
Ellen Gottesdiener addresses the old but never dull question of product management vs. product ownership.
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