Food for Agile Thought #300: Killing Product Thinking, Software Isn’t Home Building, User Research in Discovery, Preventing Harmful Products

TL; DR: Killing Product Thinking — Food for Agile Thought #300

Welcome to the 300th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 32,162 peers. This week, we delve into killing product thinking w/ Jeff Patton. Also, we remind ourselves why the idea that “building software should be like building a house” is an unsuitable metaphor and why structure drives strategy so often. (Spoiler alert: the preferred way would be way messier.)

We then reflect on the many ways you can turn a hypotheses validation into a v1, and we explain how user research fits into continuous product discovery. Moreover, we present the “3Q-DO NO HARM” framework to help you avoid causing harm at scale with your product.

Lastly, we share a team alignment exercise built on Liberating Structures.

Food for Agile Thought #300: Killing Product Thinking, Software Isn’t Home Building, User Research in Discovery, Preventing Harmful Products — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Jeff Patton: The Mindset That Kills Product Thinking – Help your organization focus on successful outcomes

In this epic post, Jeff Patton delves into the built-in incentive of the service model that favors on-time and on-budget delivery over outcomes or impact.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Allan Kelly: Software is not a lump or work to do (and the laws which prove it)

Allan Kelly reminds us why the idea that “building software should be like building a house” is an unsuitable metaphor.

Jason Yip (via Medium): Concepts I use every day: BAPO. Because org structure change can get messy…

Jason Yip points at a critical organizational issue: structure driving strategy to avoid changing the structure.

Takeshi Yoshida (via Medium): Team Alignment in 3 hrs: What, So What, Now What x 1–2–4-All (With free Mural template)

Takeshi Yoshida shares a team alignment exercise built on Liberating Structures.

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Dan Olsen (via Mind The Product): 🎙 Getting the max from an MVP

In this podcast, Dan Olsen reflects on the many ways you can turn a hypotheses validation into a v1.

Teresa Torres: 📺 The Role of User Research in a Continuous Discovery World

In this video, Teresa Torres explains how user research fits into continuous product discovery.

📯 60 Questions for the New Scrum Master — Take them to the Team!

Congratulations on your new Scrum Master position! Now what?

What has served me well over the years is a combination of observation and asking questions. The following 60 Questions for a New Scrum Master may support you in learning more about the Scrum team’s way of working and the organization’s culture.

60 Questions for the New Scrum Master — Take them to the Team! By Age-of-Product.com

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Lisa D. Dance (via boxesandarrows): Flawed Products Harm – A Framework to Respond

Lisa D. Dance presents the “3Q-DO NO HARM” framework to help you avoid causing harm at scale with your product.

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