Food for Agile Thought #279: Agile Manifesto’s History, Amazon’s Invention Machine, User Research 2021 Report, Guide to Saying No

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.

Food for Agile Thought #279: Agile Manifesto’s History, Amazon’s Invention Machine, User Research 2021 Report, Guide to Saying No — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Agile Manifesto’s History

Jeff Sutherland (via Scrum Inc): How The Agile Manifesto Came To Be

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

Michael Sahota: 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: 📖 Change

Simon Powers shares another chapter from his upcoming book, touching agility, complexity, and mindset.

Darja Gutnick (via Medium): An Engineer’s Guide to Saying No. Does this sound like you?

Darja Gutnick shares a list of five ‘no’ that might come in handy in challenging discussions.

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🎯 Product

Colin Bryar and Bill Carr (via First Round Capital): How to Build an Invention Machine — 6 Lessons That Powered Amazon’s Success

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.

Teresa Torres and Hope Gurion: 📺 Why There’s No Single ‘Right’ Way to Do Discovery

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.

Marc Abraham (via This Is Product Management): 🎙 Managing Tension is Product Management

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.

Shreyas Doshi (via mixpanel): Choosing, refining, and tracking product metrics

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)

Garbage in, garbage out: No matter whether your team chose Scrum for the right purpose—solving complex, adaptive problems. No matter whether your Scrum Team’s product quality is top-notch or whether your teammates embrace self-management to the fullest.

If your Product Backlog is not up to the job, all of these accomplishments will account for little, as your team will provide less value to its customers than possible. Here is where the forensic Product Backlog analysis steps in, a light-weight, simple practice to help Product Owners and Scrum Masters unearth anti-patterns that led to your low-value Product Backlog.

Making Your Scrum Work—The Product Backlog Forensic Analysis — Age-of-Product.com

👉 Learn more: Making Your Scrum Work: A Forensic Product Backlog Analysis (Part 1).

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #278: Ethical Agile Coaching, The Cult of Best Practice, ‘Dirty’ Secrets of Effective Product Teams, Measuring Product Success.

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