Food for Agile Thought #223: Innovation Failure, Distributed Teams, PMs to CEOs, Keeping Track of Hypotheses

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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Food for Agile Thought #223: Innovation Failure, Distributed Teams, PMs to CEOs, Keeping Track of Hypotheses

🏆 The Essential Post: Innovation Failure

Tim Harford: 🎙 Cautionary Tales Ep 6: How Britain Invented, Then Ignored, Blitzkrieg

In this podcast, the undercover economist takes us back in history, pointing at why innovative incumbents fail to exploit their ideas with the finishing line in sight.

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Agile & Scrum

Bas Vodde (via LeSS): Actively Doing Nothing

Bas Vodde explains what this magic Scrum Master stance is all about. Spoiler alert: it is hard.

Ron Lichty: Better Standups

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.

📯 Agile Movers & Shakers (2): Diana Larsen

While Diana Larsen continues her coaching, mentoring, and consulting practice in a limited way, she has shifted more toward involvement as a co-founder of the Agile Fluency Project, a startup that is intended to help agile coaches grow and strengthen their practices with the Agile Fluency Suite of materials and the Agile Fluency Game.

Agile Movers & Shakers: Diana Larsen

Learn more: Agile Movers & Shakers (2): Diana Larsen.

Product & Lean

Curtis Stanier (via The Startup): 6 diagrams I use to explain Product Management concepts

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.’

Rachel Krause (via Nielsen Norman Group): Tracking Research Questions, Assumptions, and Facts in Agile

Rachel Krause suggests keeping track of user-related questions, hypotheses, and assumptions in a knowledge board.

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