Food for Agile Thought #284: Agile Camp Berlin 2021, Estimating Complexity, Dangers of Groupthink, Healthy Goals

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?

Food for Agile Thought #284: Agile Camp Berlin 2021, Estimating Complexity, Dangers of Groupthink, Healthy Goals — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Jordan Harbinger and Adam Grant: 🎙 The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know

In this podcast, Jordan Harbinger and Adam Grant touch on many issues relevant to the agile practitioner: from imposter syndrome to deciding under uncertainty to psychological safety to the Dunning-Kruger effect.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Liz Keogh (via Mind The Product): 🎙 Estimating Complexity

In this podcast, Liz Keogh shares her insight into how to excel in the dark art of ‘estimating,’ who to estimate for, and how to deal with complexity.

Kyle Evans (via Product by Design): Groupthink — Recognizing It In Teams and Organizations

Kyle Evans points at the disadvantages of group work, how to spot if those are taking hold of your group, and how to counter resulting anti-patterns.

(via InfoQ): Put the Feedback back into ‘Demo & Feedback’

Jenni Jepsen and Ole Jepsen suggest steps to improve stakeholder engagement with Sprint Reviews and overcome typical anti-patterns such as low attendance rates not to take customers’ thoughts seriously.

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🎯 Product

Ken Norton: 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.

(via Spotify News): Introducing the New Miniseries ‘Spotify: A Product Story’

Spotify introduced a new podcast miniseries, where Chief R&D Officer, Gustav Söderström, will share insider stories of product strategy and development at Spotify, pulling “back the curtain on some never-before-heard stories of Spotify’s product journey.”

Brad Dunn (via Product Coalition): How Our Cross-Functional Teams Decide What to Build at Whispir

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.

🛠 Tools & Measuring

John Cutler: Healthy Goals

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.

Jeff Gothelf: 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?’

📅 🖥 Virtual Agile Camp Berlin 2021 — May 27-29, 2021

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We will spend three energizing days from 1 pm to 7 pm CEST at a live virtual Barcamp using open space technology principles and practices. The general conference language is English; sessions in other languages are welcome!

Read on and learn about the organization of the virtual Agile Camp Berlin 2021, its preliminary schedule, from your session proposals to session planning to the essential technology to enjoy the best possible experience.

📅 🖥 Virtual Agile Camp Berlin 2021 — May 27-29, 2021 — vACB21 — Hosted by Berlin Product People GmbH

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