TL; DR: FAST Agile, OKRs’ Dark Side—Food for Agile Thought #289
Welcome to the 289th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 31,016 peers. This week, we delve into FAST Agile to fill the gap for a purely complex agile method. We examine the Boeing 737 Max crashes through the lens of industry and corporate culture, and we point at OKRs’ dark side—their dual-use nature and the inherent prospective misuse potential in the hands of traditional performance management protagonists.
We then share the open-source template of the ‘Product Management Competency Framework;’ we explore the topic of design justice, and we enjoy a teacher’s story of breaking into product management without a CS degree.
Lastly, we point at the pre-requisits of shifting from a traditional management style to genuinely remote leadership, from remote-first to avoiding the rookie mistake of applying controlling tools.
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Medium): There’s a New Kid on the Agile Block — FAST Agile(via
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Harvard Business Review): What Went Wrong with the Boeing 737 Max?(via
Harvard Business School professor Bill George examines the Boeing 737 Max crashes through the lens of industry and corporate culture.
InfoQ): Moving from Collocated Management to Remote Leadership(via
Molood Ceccarelli points at the pre-requisits of shifting from a traditional management style to genuinely remote leadership, from remote-first to avoiding the rookie mistake of applying controlling tools.
Industrial Logic): Collective Code Ownership and Conway's Law(via
Anthony Sciamanna details how collective code ownership can bear fruit in enterprises and multi-team software organizations.
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Mind The Product): Making Product Management growth a team effort(via
Brendan Marsh shares the open-source template of the ‘Product Management Competency Framework,’ supporting individual and team conversations about your growth as a Product Manager.
📺 Rethinking Product Discovery with Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Mind:
Teresa Torres shares her talk at IndustryConf, exploring the topic of design justice.
ProductCraft): You don’t need a technical background to be a PM. I’m proof.(via
Jenny Wolochow shares her story of breaking into product management as a teacher, as you can develop the skills necessary to become a PM in other ways than by obtaining a CS degree.
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🛠 Tools & Measuring
Corporate Rebels): The Dark Side Of OKRs (And Why We Should Care)(via
Antoinette Weibel names a significant challenge of OKRs: its dual-use nature and the inherent prospective misuse potential in the hands of traditional performance management protagonists.
Medium): A Path to the Minimum Viable Product(via
Steve Blank shares a guest post of Shawn Carolan, introducing the MVP Tree to break down your mission into more manageable chunks based on the author’s experience in coaching hundreds of startups.
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