Food for Agile Thought #301: Knowledge Work & Cottage Industry, Tackling the Product Manager Career, Pre-Mortems to Avoid Disasters, Proof: Design Thinking Works

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.

Food for Agile Thought #301: Knowledge Work & the Return to the Cottage Industry, Tackling the Product Manager Career, Pre-Mortems to Avoid Disasters, Proof: Design Thinking Works — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

John Cutler and Shreyas Doshi (via Amplitude): Product Lessons Learned: A Conversation with Shreyas Doshi & John Cutler

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

Seth Godin: A return to cottage work

Seth Godin reflects on knowledge work, Taylorism, management & trust, and the future of working from home.

Adam Parker (via Agile Alliance): No Estimates at Scale in the US Federal Government

Adam Parker tells the story of an empowered Agile product group of three Scrum teams working as contractors for the U.S. federal government.

Clay Darrohn (via Agile Alliance): Scrum for Digital Marketing—Control the Chaos and Deliver Value

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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🖥 Advanced Professional Scrum Master Online Training w/ PSM II Certificate — August 24-27, 2021 — Berlin Product People GmbH

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🎯 Product

Marty Cagan and Melissa Perri (via Produx Labs): Marty Cagan and Melissa Perri talk about becoming the best product manager you can be.

(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.

📖 51 Scrum Master Interview Questions (5): Scrum Success Principles and Indicators

If you are looking to fill a position for a Scrum Master (or agile coach) in your organization, you may find the following 51 interview questions useful to identify the right candidate. They are derived from my fourteen years of practical experience with XP as well as Scrum, serving both as Product Owner and Scrum Master as well as interviewing dozens of Scrum Master candidates on behalf of my clients.

This article covers the ninth set of questions on Scrum success principles and their accountability/role level indicators.

So far, this Scrum Master interview guide has been downloaded more than 21,000 times.

51 Scrum Master Interview Questions (5): Scrum Success Principles and Indicators — Age-of-Product.com

Learn more: 51 Scrum Master Interview Questions (5): Scrum Success Principles and Indicators.

🛠 Tools & Measuring

Shreyas Doshi (via Coda.io): Pre-mortems: How a Stripe Product Manager predicts & prevents problems before launch

Shreyas Doshi explains how his team uses pre-mortems to avoid ship-wrecking major product launches and shares a template for running the session.

Mik Kersten (via IT Revolution Press): OKRs & DevOps: From Micromanagement Misery to Finding Flow

Mik Kersten shares lessons learned from applying OKRs in large, complex organizations.

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🖥 🇬🇧 October 19-22, 2021Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English; Live Virtual Class)Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 🇬🇧 October 26-29, 2021Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (PSPO I; English; Live Virtual Class)Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 19% VAT

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