Food for Agile Thought #256: Evolutionary Design, Product-Market-Fit, Origins of Product Ideas, Predictability

TL; DR: Evolutionary Design, Product-Market-Fit — Food for Agile Thought #256

Welcome to the 256th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,912 peers. This week, we talk about the advantages of evolutionary design; we delve into predictability, and we promise to improve on estimating.

We then explore where news ideas originate, pointing at the apparent anti-patterns simultaneously; we talk money in product management, and we come back to outcome-driven business impacts.

Lastly, we applaud Jerome Kehrli for an epic guide on how to achieve product-market-fit.

Food for Agile Thought #256: Evolutionary Design, Product-Market-Fit, Origins of Product Ideas, Predictability — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Jerome Kehrli: The Search for Product-Market Fit

Jerome Kehrli provides us with an in-depth overview of what product-market-fit means and how to get there.

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Agile & Evolutionary Design

Bill Wake: Speculative Generality

Bill Wake reflects on evolutionary design, refactoring, placing bets, and simple (software) design.

Mike Cottmeyer (via Leading Agile): 📺 Leveraging Agile to Get Predictable

Mike Cottmeyer dives deep into six key business drivers to uncover how Agile can enable organizations to achieve better business outcomes.

Gil Bouhnick: Why do we suck so much in time estimations and what to do about it

Gil Bouhnick shares his ideas on how to get better at estimating.

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Product & Lean

Laura Klein (via UX Magazine): Where Product Ideas Come From

Laura analyzes where news ideas—which are plenty and cheap—originate, pointing at the apparent anti-patterns,

Rich Mironov: Business Cases Are Stories About Money

Rich Mironov shares four different storytelling formats, from internal cost savings to improving NPS® scores.

Philip Rogers (via Medium): Outcomes as Enablers of Business Impact

Philip Rogers delves into signs that we focus too much on outputs.

📯 Scrum Master Interview Questions (1): Scrum Master Role

Scrum has proven time and again to be the most popular framework for software development. Given that software is eating the world, a seasoned Scrum Master is nowadays in high demand. And that demand causes the market-entry of new professionals from other project management branches, probably believing that reading one or two Scrum books will be sufficient. Which makes a suitable set of Scrum Master interview question more necessary than ever to help you identify suitable candidates.

If you are looking to fill a position for a Scrum Master (or agile coach) in your organization, you may find the following 47 Scrum Master interview questions useful to identify the right candidate. They are derived from my fourteen years of practical experience with XP as well as Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master as well as interviewing dozens of Scrum Master candidates on behalf of my clients.

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