TL; DR: Software Factory Syndrome, Product Discovery — Food for Agile Thought #251
Welcome to the 251st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,781 peers. This week, we analyze the software factory syndrome; we apply Jocko Willink’s leadership principles to writing software, and we point at the elephant in the #noestimates room.
We then follow a CEO’s take on the importance of empowerment of product teams; we check the approach of a cross-functional team’s real-world collaboration model, and we learn about the next version of the future press release concept for (product) risk mitigation.
Lastly, we thank Jeff Patton for providing another helpful free ebook on how to figure out what is worth building. Spoiler alert: 85-plus percent of all startups get this wrong.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
📖 Product Discovery Recipes:
Jeff Patton shares a free 20-page PDF on how to figure out what is worth building.
Agile, Scrum & the Software Factory Syndrome
Software Factory to Feature Factory:
Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick delve into the Taylorist’s mindset and the resulting unfavorable outcome.
ThoughtWorks): ‘No Estimates’ is not the (only) Answer or: Moving towards Predictability(via
Inger Dickson points at the obvious: there are stakeholders with questions that need answers.
The Startup): Extreme Ownership for Software Engineering(via
Payne C. Miller applies Jocko Willink’s leadership rules to software development.
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Product & Lean
ProdPad): Product Leadership: Autonomy, Alignment, and Psychological Safety(via
Janna Bastow shares her take on contemporary product leadership by empowering teams.
Developer & Designer Collaboration (in the Real World):
John Cutler shares the approach of a real-world collaboration model of a cross-functional team.
Medium): Working Backwards: A New Version Of Amazon’s “Press Release” Approach To Plan Customer-Centric Projects(via
Jeff Gothelf iterates on future press release approach to risk mitigation for product launches.
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