TL; DR: North Star Metric, Team Dynamics Explained—Food for Agile Thought #297
Welcome to the 297th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 31,817 peers. This week, we point at data and case studies, providing insights into how to narrow in on your organization’s North Star Metric. Also, we advocate that technical debt is rather a strategic lever for your organization’s success than a liability, and we analyze the invisible undercurrents that determine your team’s culture.
We then continue reading Marty Cagan’s pathology series with a deep dive into the well-known problems with MBA programs. Moreover, we share six common product discovery anti-patterns and what you can do about them, and we introduce fundamental principles behind designing and maintaining a product roadmap tailored to the needs of agile teams.
Lastly, we enjoy listening to Richard Kasperowski and Seb Rose talking about how to help create a good team with less seasoned professionals.
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Andreessen Horowitz): Choosing Your North Star Metric(via
Lenny Rachitsky points at data and case studies, providing insights into how to narrow in on your organization’s North Star Metric.
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Reforge): Tech debt is not a burden, it's a strategic lever for successand (via
Matt Greenberg and Keya Patel advocate that technical debt is rather a strategic lever for your organization's success than a liability.
Team Dynamicsand :
In this excerpt of the upcoming new edition from James Shore’s book, Diana Larsen analyzes the invisible undercurrents that determine your team’s culture.
🎙 The Secret of a Good Team is a Shared Goal and What Else?and :
In this pod, Richard Kasperowski and Seb Rose talk about how to help create a good team with less seasoned professionals.
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The MBA Pathology:
Marty Cagan continues his pathology series with a deep dive into the well-known problems with MBA programs.
Mind The Product): Common product discovery pitfalls and how to avoid them(via
Imogen Johnson shares six common product discovery anti-patterns and what you can do about them.
(via productboard): 📖 The role of product ops in successful distributed teams
Hubert Palan and Sameer Karim provide the results of a recent survey on how teams have embraced the ProductOps concept during the last year.
📯 Three Common Developer Blunders in 5:05 Minutes—Making Your Scrum Work #14
There are plenty of failure possibilities with Scrum. Given that Scrum is a framework with a reasonable yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone. While it is common to first look outside our team for impediments, such as dysfunctional processes or other systemic issues, I would advise starting with the Scrum team’s way of collaboration: Are we aligned on the why, what, and how? Otherwise, the three following Developer blunders may diminish the team effectiveness.
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A proposed framework for Agile Roadmap Design and Maintenance:
Jerome Kehrli introduces fundamental principles behind designing and maintaining a product roadmap tailored to the needs of agile teams.
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