TL; DR: Agile Manifesto’s History, Amazon’s Invention Machine—Food for Agile Thought #279
Welcome to the 279th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 30,267 peers. This week, we look back 20 years at the origins of the Agile Manifesto, why they came together; we detail the difference between Agile vs. Scrum and typical ‘big mistakes,’ and we check a list of five ‘no’ that might come in handy in challenging discussions.
We then listen to insider tales from Amazon—from the need to slow down to innovate to focus on customers’ needs to build by working backward, and we discuss the first principles of continuous discovery. Moreover, we explain why tension and conflict are necessary, helpful parts of product management.
Lastly, we appreciate the release of the third annual State of User Research report.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Agile Manifesto’s History
Scrum Inc): How The Agile Manifesto Came To Be(via
Jeff Sutherland looks back 20 years at the origins of the Agile Manifesto, why they came together, and how they managed to create a timeless artifact.
➿ Agile & Scrum
Agile vs Scrum – How to Win with Both:
Michael Sahota details the difference between Agile vs. Scrum, typical ‘big mistakes’ and points at three steps to get Agile working in your organization.
Simon Powers shares another chapter from his upcoming book, touching agility, complexity, and mindset.
Medium): An Engineer’s Guide to Saying No. Does this sound like you?(via
Darja Gutnick shares a list of five ‘no’ that might come in handy in challenging discussions.
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First Round Capital): How to Build an Invention Machine — 6 Lessons That Powered Amazon’s Successand (via
Colin Bryar and Bill Carr share insider tales from Amazon—from the need to slow down to innovate to focus on customers’ needs to build by working backward.
📺 Why There’s No Single ‘Right’ Way to Do Discoveryand :
In this video talk, Teresa Torres and Hope Gurion discuss the first principles of continuous discovery: from decision-making to externalizing your thinking to focusing on outcomes.
This Is Product Management): 🎙 Managing Tension is Product Management(via
In this podcast, Marc Abraham explains why tension and conflict are necessary, helpful parts of product management.
🛠 Tools & Measuring
(via User Interviews): 🔬 The State of User Research 2021 Report
User Interviews surveyed 525 user researchers in 44 countries to bring you the third annual State of User Research report.
mixpanel): Choosing, refining, and tracking product metrics(via
Shreyas Doshi, the PM Lead at Stripe, delves into avoiding building products with mediocre or no impact.
📯 Making Your Scrum Work: A Forensic Product Backlog Analysis (Part 1)
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