TL; DR: Innovation Failure, Distributed Teams, PMs to CEOs, Keeping Track of Hypotheses—Food for Agile Thought #223
Food for Agile Thought’s issue #223—shared with 24,653 peers—addresses innovation failure; we revisit standups and what makes them successful, and we learn more about the magic stance of actively doing nothing.
We also delve into the ‘2019 Annual Product Management and Product Marketing Survey’ results; we pick up a few useful visualizations to explain product management to outsiders, and we consider bringing order to our user-related questions, hypotheses, and assumptions to prevent user research from turning ugly.
Lastly, we thank both VPs of Engineering from Buffer and Splice for sharing a guide on how to make distributed teams successful with us.
On our own account: Issue 224 will be delivered on January 12th, 2020. Enjoy a chillaxing Holiday season… 🎉
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🏆 The Essential Post: Innovation Failure
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Agile & Scrum
LeSS): Actively Doing Nothing(via
Bas Vodde explains what this magic Scrum Master stance is all about. Spoiler alert: it is hard.
Ron Lichty delves into what constitutes a productive standup.
(via Increment): A guide to distributed teams
Katie Womersley of Buffer and Juan Pablo Buriticá of Splice wrote an epic guide on how to make distributed engineering teams happy and productive.
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Product & Lean
The Startup): 6 diagrams I use to explain Product Management concepts(via
Curtis Stanier shares some of his visualizations to help others understand key ideas in product management.
(via ProductCraft): What PMs Wish They Could Tell Their CEOs
Philip Alexander reports on how CEOs can support product managers according to the ‘2019 Annual Product Management and Product Marketing Survey.’
Nielsen Norman Group): Tracking Research Questions, Assumptions, and Facts in Agile(via
Rachel Krause suggests keeping track of user-related questions, hypotheses, and assumptions in a knowledge board.
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