Food for Agile Thought #211: Feature Factory Reloaded, Scrum’s Hamster Wheel, PM First Principles, Product Owners Required?

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #211—shared with 23,728 peers—celebrates John Cutler’s Feature Factory Reloaded; we bust the myth that not having a Sprint Goal would be okay, and we learn how to maximize collaboration time with distributes teams.

We also ask: Is it time to eliminate Scrum’s specialized role of the Product Owner? We then delve into how to gain a competitive edge, and we consider basing our product thinking on a set of fundamental propositions.

Lastly, we enjoy Shane Parrish’s excursion into the mental model behind root cause analysis.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #210?

Food for Agile Thought #211: Feature Factory Reloaded, Scrum’s Hamster Wheel, PM First Principles, Product Owners Required?

🏆 The Essential Read: The Feature Factory Reloaded

John Cutler (via Amplitude): 12 Signs You’re Working in a Feature Factory—3 Years Later

John Cutler revisits his landmark article on anti-patterns of product discovery and development.

Agile & Scrum

Christiaan Verwijs (via The Liberators): Myth: Having A Sprint Goal Is Optional In Scrum

Christiaan Verwijs points at the importance of having a Sprint Goal every single Sprint to avoid running Zombie Scrum in the long run.

Shane Parrish (via Farnam Street): Proximate vs Root Causes: Why You Should Keep Digging to Find the Answer

Shane Parrish reflects on the mental model of proximate vs. root causes to improve your creative and innovative thinking.

Mark Kilby and Johanna Rothman (via AgileConnection): Creating Time for Collaboration with Distributed Teams and Agile Approaches

Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby list ways how to visualize when your distributed team works, thus creating more collaboration time.

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Product & Lean

Mike Cohn: Has the Scrum Product Owner Role Run Its Course?

Mike Cohn continues rocking the {Scrum) boat and asks: Should the PO indeed be a specialized role?

Melissa Perri and Marissa Fong (via Agile Alliance): 📺 Product Innovation

In this Agile 2019 talk, Melissa Perri and Marissa Fong delve into how to achieve a “competitive edge” when creating innovative products.

Jens-Fabian Goetzmann (via Medium): Product Management from First Principles

Jens-Fabian Goetzmann suggests basing your product thinking on a set of basic propositions.


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