TL; DR: Estimating Complexity, Healthy Goals—Food for Agile Thought #284
Welcome to the 284th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 30,648 peers. This week, we learn how to excel in the dark art of ‘estimating’ in general and estimating complexity in particular. We enjoy a conversation on imposter syndrome, deciding under uncertainty, psychological safety, and the Dunning-Kruger effect, and we point at the disadvantages of group work, how to spot if those are taking hold of your group, and how to counter resulting anti-patterns.
We then suggest steps to improve stakeholder engagement with Sprint Reviews and overcome typical anti-patterns, and we dive into AirBnB’s product culture, ranging from storytelling and the Disney influence to experimentation guardrails to what makes a product manager thrive there. Moreover, we explore a product design process leading from ‘I have no clue what to do’ to ‘we should do this,’ using the Circles method to make final recommendations.
Lastly, we embrace the idea that no amount of RACI, SMART, INVEST, OKRs, OGSM, or any other framework designed to create meaningful goals could outweigh proper team support by the leadership. Speaking of OKRs, we also ask: Can OKRs and JTBD co-exist?
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Building Products at Airbnb: Snow White, storytelling, and a relentless focus on experiences:
Ken Norton interviewed four current Airbnb employees to learn more about AirBnB’s product culture, ranging from storytelling and the Disney influence to experimentation guardrails to what makes a product manager thrive there.
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Brad Dunn shares his product design process from ‘I have no clue what to do’ to ‘we should do this,’ using the Circles method to get to final recommendations.
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John Cutler believes that no amount of “RACI, SMART, INVEST, OKRs, ‘sprint commitments,’ OGSM,” or any other framework designed to create meaningful goals could outweigh proper team support by the leadership.
Do OKRs work with Jobs to Be Done?:
Jeff Gothelf delves into an integration challenge when your organization utilizes objectives and key results: how do OKRs work with JTBD, a framework centered on developing a ‘deep empathy for their customers through observation, research, interviews, and data?’
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