TL; DR: Kiss Dual Track Agile Good-Bye? — Food for Agile Thought #260
Welcome to the 260th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 27,261 peers. This week, we ask: Is it time to kiss Dual Track Agile good-bye? We also learn about the experience of a large insurance company with a cross-functional product-team and brush up our understanding of a nasty cognitive bias that makes collaboration less effective.
We then listen to Shazam’s founder on lessons learned on the path to product/market fit; we pick up a few good suggestions regarding Product Backlog management, and we understand why Basecamp does not use product roadmaps.
Lastly, we enjoy an interview with Reed Hastings on the roots of Netflix’s culture.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
Freakonomics): What if Your Company Had No Rules?and (via
A Jazz band, not an orchestra: Maria Konnikova interviews Reed Hastings on his new book ‘No Rules Rules’—Netflix’s origin story.
Scrum & Kiss Dual Track Agile Good-Bye?
Medium): Time to say goodbye to Dual Track Agile?(via
Alex Ballarín advocates for integrating both components of dual-track Agile into the same Sprint.
(via McKinsey & Company): Scaling agility: A new operating model for insurers
McKinsey reports on what happens when a large European insurance company asked a cross-functional agile team to launch a new digital insurance product suite.
(via TechTello): Fundamental Attribution Error: Don’t Be Quick To Judge Your Team Members
Vinita Bansal elaborates on a fundamental cognitive bias with far-reaching consequences for our everyday lives.
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Product & Lean
(via Mind The Product): 📺 [Nailing Product/Market Fit
Shazam founder Chris Barton recounts the music recognition app’s successful quest for the Holy Grail: Product/Market Fit.
Options, Not Roadmaps:
Ryan Singer explains why Basecamp does not use product roadmaps.
(via Parabol Focus): 7 Product Backlog Tips to Make Work Flow
Despite labeling them as ‘best practices,’ the list itself is useful.
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