Food for Agile Thought #135: Agile Ecology, Product Hardship, DevOps Science, Corporate Product Death Cycle

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!

Food for Agile Thought #135: Agile Ecology, Product Hardship, DevOps Science, Corporate Product Death Cycle

🏆 The Essential Read

Marty Cagan: 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

Ron Jeffries: The Agile Ecology

Ron Jeffries advocates why everyone in the ‘agile’ community needs to do something about the agile-industrial complex.

Jez Humble (via Andreessen Horowitz): a16z Podcast: All About DevOps (or, What Makes Successful Companies Tick?)

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.’

Marcus Blankenship (via Hackernoon): Your Agile Assembly Line Workers: How Henry Ford is Destroying Software

Marcus Blankenship takes us back to the heyday of Taylorism and how that is still reflected in today’s tyranny of velocity.

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Product & Lean

Bram Kanstein (via Medium): The Corporate Product Death Cycle

Bram Kanstein explains what happens to the product culture when corporations communicate — instead of validating — success.

Lindsay Glauser Kwan (via WiderFunnel): How to blast through silo mentality to create a culture of experimentation

Lindsay Glauser Kwan outlines a five-step process for blasting through silo-mentality and creating a culture of experimentation.

Ellen Gottesdiener (via Medium): Am I a Product Manager or a Product Owner? Part 2: 5 Ways to Untangle the Mess

Ellen Gottesdiener addresses the old but never dull question of product management vs. product ownership.

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