TL; DR: Hypotheses Validation, Measuring Productivity—Food for Agile Thought #291
Welcome to the 291st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 31,152 peers. This week, we delve into hypotheses validation, and we shine a light on why it is often hard to have an authentic conversation and what you can do about it. We also stress the importance of modeling and measuring culture and analyze critical problems at the leadership level of organizations that result in a 70 % failure rate of transformations.
We then wonder why so many product managers want to create strategies while we derive all the signals for further product growth from the operational work in the trenches. We appreciate a new ebook on dealing with difficult stakeholders and critical situations, and we learn a simple approach to measuring team productivity: Don’t touch velocity!
Lastly, we learn that Gitlab identified a new DevOps maturity model.
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Strategyzer): Business Testing: Is your Hypothesis Really Validated?(via
David J Bland provides a helping hand to innovators and entrepreneurs to figure out if their hypotheses validation is working.
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Westrum's Organizational Model in Technology Organizations, and :
In this excerpt from ‘Accelerate: the Science of Lean Software and DevOps,’ Gene Kim, Nicole Forsgren, and Jez Humble stress the importance of modeling and measuring culture.
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Ron Carucci delves into the critical problems at the leadership level of organizations that result in a 70 % failure rate of transformations.
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Why does everyone want to do strategy?:
Linda Zhang wonders why so many product managers want to create strategies while we derive all the signals for further product growth from the operational work in the trenches.
(via mixpanel): Upsides to unshipping: The art of removing features and products
Neil Rahilly, Fareed Mosavat, and Casey Winters share their learnings on the benefits of removing features and when to favor this approach to creating more value.
(via productboard): Skills & tactics for managing challenging stakeholders
productboard published a new ebook on how to deal with difficult stakeholders and critical situations.
📯 Three Wide-Spread Product Owner Failures in 6:09 Minutes—Making Your Scrum Work #5
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Explore with me three widespread examples of how Product Owners fail their team in three short video clips, totaling 6 minutes and 9 seconds.
🛠 Tools & Measuring
Ron Lichty’s approach to measuring team productivity is simple—don’t touch velocity—and suggests alternatives.
(via GitLab): GitLab's 2021 Survey uncovers a new DevOps maturity model
As a result of its latest survey with 4,000-plus participants, GitLab identified a new DevOps maturity model.
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