Food for Agile Thought #288: Product-Led Is Also Bad, Improving Code Reviews, 4 Questions From CTO to CPO, Rapid Design Thinking

TL; DR: Product-Led Is Also Bad, From CTO to CPO—Food for Agile Thought #288

Welcome to the 288th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 30,952 peers. This week, we counter the popular complaint from product folks that their organization’s sales-drivenness impedes the creation of better products. We also explore the secret ingredients of building high-performance teams, and we suggest a few improvements for a critical step in creating useful software.

We then answer four questions regarding modern product management, from skills to metrics to how engineering can be supportive. Moreover, we share a guide on how to figure out the level of customer satisfaction that allows for sustained growth, and we select product metrics that matter—beyond the usual suspects like NPS.

Lastly, we follow Bill Wake’s reflections on “half-waterfall,” a blend of practices based on upfront planning and agile.

Food for Agile Thought #288: Product-Led Is Also Bad, Improving Code Reviews, 4 Questions From CTO to CPO, Rapid Design Thinking — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: The Systems Change Problem

Itamar Gilad: Product-Led is Just as Bad as Sales-Driven

Itamar Gilad counters the popular complaint from product folks that their organization’s sales-drivenness impedes the creation of better products.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Richard Kasperowski: What Does It Take to Have a Great Agile Team?

In this interview, Richard Kasperowski and Stephen Harrison explore the secret ingredients of building high-performance teams.

Michael Küsters: Improving Code Reviews

Michael Küsters suggests a few improvements for a critical step in creating useful software.

Bill Wake: Half-Waterfall: Extra Cost, Uncertain Benefits — Blending planned and agile

Bill Wake reflects on “half-waterfall,” a blend of practices based on upfront planning and agile.

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Giff Constable: 4 Questions from CTOs to a CPO

Giff Constable elaborates on four questions regarding modern product management, from skills to metrics to how engineering can be supportive.

John Cutler (via Amplitude): Why VoC Is Not Enough

John Cutler claims that organizations need to have a much more comprehensive view of their customers’ experiences, one that exceeds the original idea of the “Voice of Customer.”

Casey Winters: Casey’s Guide to Finding Product/Market Fit

Casey Winters shares his guide on how to figure out the level of customer satisfaction that allows for sustained growth.

📯 Three Wide-Spread Scrum Master Failures in 5:31 Minutes—Making Your Scrum Work

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Three Wide-Spread Scrum Master Failures in 5:31 Minutes — Making Your Scrum Work — Age-of-Product.com

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Roman Pichler: How to Choose the Right KPIs for Your Product

Roman Pichler helps you to select product metrics that matter—beyond the usual suspects like NPS.

Takeshi Yoshida (via Medium): Rapid Design Thinking template: Ideate customer solutions in less than 30 minuten

Takeshi Yoshida shares a template (CC-BY-SA) to speed up the ideation process.

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