TL; DR: Pre-Mortems, Leaving the Feature Factory — Food for Agile Thought #271
Welcome to the 271st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 28,708 peers. This week, we understand the advantages of pre-mortems to kick-off agile transformations; we discover learning obstacles rooted in entrenched ways of operating, and we appreciate the learnings from a long yet successful lean transformation.
We then learn about how quarterly process changes can unshackle a product team to realize its full potential; we check a system to apply objectives and key results (OKR) to product management, and we acknowledge common traps of validating product ideas, such as false positives.
Lastly, we dissect the consequences of remote work, ranging from the remote hype cycle, the risk of return, new physical and digital solutions, and the implications of remote and hybrid work.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
We're Never Going Back:
Packy McCormick dissects the—still underappreciated—consequences of remote work, from the remote hype cycle, the risk of return, new physical and digital solutions, and the implications of remote and hybrid work.
Agile & Scrum
InfoQ): Kick-off Your Transformation by Imagining It Had Failed(via
Ayman Idris describes the advantages of pre-mortems, thus creating safety for everyone to point at potential risks in advance.
(via Planet Lean): 10 obstacles to a lean transformation
Terry O’Donoghue summarizes lessons learned during a years-long—and ultimately successful—transformation of the Halfway Group.
The Obstacles to Unlearning:
Barry O'Reilly introduces his Cycle of Unlearning to help large corporations with entrenched ways of operating change.
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UX Collective): Going from feature factory to continuous discovery in 1 year(via
Andrew Jordan Miller shares a success story of quarterly process changes to unshackle a product team and realize its potential.
OKRs in Product Management:
Roman Pichler details a system of how to apply objectives and key results to product management.
Don’t ask customers about your idea:
Linda Zhang shares common traps of validating product ideas, such as false positives.
Nielsen Norman Group): The 6 Steps to Roadmapping(via
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