Food for Agile Thought #255: Serendipity-Driven Innovation, Biases at Work, A Guide to Working w/ Yourself, Product Leadership Lessons

TL; DR: Serendipity-Driven Innovation, Biases at Work — Food for Agile Thought #255

Welcome to the 255th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,874 peers. This week, we embrace serendipity-driven innovation; we analyze the secret work of cognitive biases, and we delve deeper into Amazon’s “disagree but commit” principle.

We then figure out how to lift the collaboration between product and engineering to the next level; we enjoy product leadership lessons from the UK’s Ministry of Justice digital team, and we promise to replace old-fashioned product requirement documents.

Lastly, we consider creating a user manual for ourselves to improve communication with our teammates.

Food for Agile Thought #255: Serendipity-Driven Innovation, Biases at Work, A Guide to Working w/ Yourself, Product Leadership Lessons — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Serendipity-Driven Innovation

Liz Keogh (via InfoQ): 📺 Managing for Serendipity

Liz Keogh looks at how innovation often happens through unexpected side-effects, allowing new ideas to emerge.

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Agile & Scrum

Christiaan Verwijs (via The Liberators): In-Depth: How Biases Easily Distort Our Beliefs (In The Workplace)

Christiaan Verwijs delves into the secret life of eight cognitive and social biases and their impact.

Julie Zhuo: A User Guide To Working With You

Julie Zhuo describes her take on creating a user manual for yourself.

(via TechTello): Agree To Disagree vs Disagree And Commit: How To Disagree The Right Way

Vinita Bansal points at why "agree to disagree" does not work and advocates for an alternative.

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Product & Lean

Gergely Orosz: Ask the EM: How Can I work Better with My Product Manager, as an Engineering Lead?

Gergely Orosz details what a healthy a product/engineering relationship looks like and suggests steps on how to get there.

Jock Busuttil: 5 product leadership lessons learnt from the UK’s Ministry of Justice Digital team

Jock Busuttil shares lessons learned from digital transformations and working with autonomous, empowered delivery teams.

David Wang (via Product Coalition): How To Write Product Requirements That People Would Read

David Wang proposes a different way of creating actionable product requirements.

📯 18 Signs of a Systemic Toxic Team Culture

What looked like a good idea back in the 1990ies—outsourcing software development as a non-essential business area—has meanwhile massively backfired for a lot of legacy organizations. While they try to become more appealing to product and software developers, they still have difficulties understanding what it takes to build an attractive product/engineering culture.

Learn more about typical anti-patterns and signs that an organization is causing a toxic team culture, impeding its efforts to become agile.

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Read more: Food for Agile Thought #254: Virtual 25/10 Crowdsourcing, Wardley Mapping, Product Vision vs. Mission, Innovation Theater.

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