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.
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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
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.
Improving Code Reviews:
Michael Küsters suggests a few improvements for a critical step in creating useful software.
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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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.
Amplitude): Why VoC Is Not Enough(via
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’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.
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🛠 Tools & Measuring
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.
Medium): Rapid Design Thinking template: Ideate customer solutions in less than 30 minuten(via
Takeshi Yoshida shares a template (CC-BY-SA) to speed up the ideation process.
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