TL; DR: Knowledge Work & Cottage Industry, Pre-Mortems — Food for Agile Thought #301
Welcome to the 301st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 32,359 peers. This week, we reflect on knowledge work, Taylorism, management & trust, and the future of working from home. Also, we tell the story of an empowered Agile product group of three Scrum teams working as contractors for the U.S. federal government, and we learn that digital marketing agencies can succeed in applying Scrum in a non-software environment.
We then talk about becoming the best product manager you can be; we combine Agile, Lean, and Design Thinking in a novel way, and we learn how to apply pre-mortems to avoid ship-wrecking major product launches. (There is a template for running the session, too.)
Lastly, we enjoy John Cutler and Shreyas Doshi delving into the dos and don’ts of a product manager’s career growth, creative intelligence, and product leadership.
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In this podcast, John Cutler and Shreyas Doshi delve into the dos and don’ts of product manager career growth, creative intelligence, and product leadership.
➿ Agile & Scrum
A return to cottage work:
Seth Godin reflects on knowledge work, Taylorism, management & trust, and the future of working from home.
Agile Alliance): No Estimates at Scale in the US Federal Government(via
Adam Parker tells the story of an empowered Agile product group of three Scrum teams working as contractors for the U.S. federal government.
Agile Alliance): Scrum for Digital Marketing—Control the Chaos and Deliver Value(via
Clay Darrohn and Matthew Hodgson share the story of the digital marketing agency fishbat, succeeding in applying Scrum in a non-software environment.
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Produx Labs): Marty Cagan and Melissa Perri talk about becoming the best product manager you can be.and (via
(via UX Collective): Combining Agile, Lean, and Design Thinking — a layered approach
Raj Nagappan suggests a novel way to “combine [the frameworks’] strengths in a concurrent and intertwined fashion.”
(via IDEO U): 11 Products & Services Made Using Design Thinking
IDEO U lists some of their favorite examples of products and services created using Design Thinking.
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🛠 Tools & Measuring
Coda.io): Pre-mortems: How a Stripe Product Manager predicts & prevents problems before launch(via
Shreyas Doshi explains how his team uses pre-mortems to avoid ship-wrecking major product launches and shares a template for running the session.
IT Revolution Press): OKRs & DevOps: From Micromanagement Misery to Finding Flow(via
Mik Kersten shares lessons learned from applying OKRs in large, complex organizations.
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