Food for Agile Thought #281: Product-Led Companies, #NoProjects, 80/20 Rule for Product Managers, Root Cause Analysis

TL; DR: Product-Led Companies, #NoProjects—Food for Agile Thought #281

Welcome to the 281st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 30,412 peers. This week, we learn to identify product-led companies; we reflect on the effects of top-down decisions on imposing agile frameworks without identifying problems first, and we remind us of signs that an organization lacks the ‘agile mindset’ yet pretends to be agile.

We then gain insight into how to innovate within Google after being acquired—or not. We suggest embracing Pareto’s principle to execute an effective product strategy by ruthless prioritization, and we acknowledge the importance of picking appropriate metrics to guide our product teams to success.

Lastly, we appreciate introducing critical root cause analysis techniques, from ‘5 Whys’ to ‘Pareto Analysis.’

Food for Agile Thought #281: Product-Led Companies, #NoProjects, 80/20 Rule for Product Managers, Root Cause Analysis — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Product-Led Companies

Andrew Skotzko: How to know if you're interviewing at a product-led company

Andrew Skotzko suggests a set of five questions you can use as a candidate to figure out whether you are applying for the right job opening.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Johanna Rothman: Want a Successful Agile Project? Start with Why Before How

Johanna Rothman reflects on the effects of organizations’ top-down decisions on imposing agile frameworks without identifying problems that shall be addressed in the first place.

(via Product Coalition): When Agile isn’t Agile: Signs your organization has missed the point of Agile

In this article, Irzana Golding reminds us of signs that an organization lacks the ‘agile mindset’ yet pretends to be agile.

Shane Hastie and Allan Kelly (via InfoQ): Allan Kelly on Continuous Digital, #NoProjects, Minimally Viable Teams and OKRs

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🎯 Product

Noam Bardin: Why did I leave Google or, why did I stay so long?

Noam Bardin—founder and CEO of WAZE—remembers his attempts to innovate within a corporate Google after the acquisition.

Ryan Seamons (via ProductCraft): Why product managers need to understand the 80/20 rule

Ryan Seamons suggests embracing Pareto’s principle to execute an effective product strategy by supporting ruthless prioritization.

(via Medium): Creating an actionable Product Roadmap: My approach to balance certainty and flexibility

Jan-Henrik Franetzki shares his approach to creating valuable product roadmaps.

🛠 Tools & Measuring

(via KaiNexus): 5 Root Cause Analysis Techniques to Breakthrough Barriers

Kade Jansson takes us to critical root cause analysis techniques, from ‘5 Whys’ to ‘Pareto Analysis.’

Richard Kasperowski: 🎙 Know How to Use Evidence to Quickly Improve Your Leadership

In this podcast, Richard Kasperowski interviews Patricia Kong about the importance of picking appropriate metrics to guide your product teams to success and how Evidence-Based Management might help in the process.

📯 Product Discovery Anti-Patterns Leading to Failure

Scrum has proven to be an effective product delivery framework for all sorts of products. However, Scrum is equally well suited to build the wrong product efficiently as its Achilles heel has always been the product discovery part. What product discovery part, you may think now. And this is precisely the point: The Product Owner miraculously identifies what is the best way to proceed as a Scrum Team by managing the Product Backlog. How that is supposed to happen is nowhere described in the Scrum Guide. Consequently, when everyone is for themselves, product discovery anti-patterns emerge.

From sunk costs, HIPPO-ism, my-budget-my-features to self-fulfilling prophecies — learn more about the numerous product discovery anti-patterns that can manifest themselves when you try to fill Scrum’s product discovery void.

Product Discovery Anti-Patterns Leading to Failure — Age-of-Product.com

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #280: Managing Complexity, Difficult People on Software Projects, Moving from Scrum to Shape Up, Taking Innovation too far.

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