Food for Agile Thought #333: Identifying New Ways of Working, Burnout in Product Teams, Management Fads such as Agile, Saying No as a PM

TL; DR: Identifying New Ways of Working, Burnout in Product Teams — Food for Agile Thought #333

Welcome to the 333rd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 34,749 peers. This week, we reflect on signs of failed self-management and explore how to improve the identification of new ways of working instead. Also, we share a comprehensive take on tech debt, from the term’s coining to cost to inherited debt to, finally, keep it under control. Moreover, we follow Joost Minnaar when he delves into his favorite management fads, turning into religions attracting missionaries and apostles, and we follow Ben Thompson’s analysis on the long-term impact of Putin’s war on Ukraine on the tech industry.

We then explore product management practices that can lead to burnout, and we dive into product strategy, the “connective tissue between what a product team is doing day-to-day and the company’s ambition.” Additionally, we share Joni Hoadley’s recipe for managing stakeholders and how to ‘say no’ without losing their support or trust, and we learn more about user stories as a concept from Bill Wake.

Lastly, we list seven common reasons why stakeholders ignore your team’s Sprint Review, from a lack of progress to ignored feedback to conflicting obligations. On top of that, we answer ten popular questions regarding the Monte Carlo method to help you better forecast your team’s throughput for a future period.

Food for Agile Thought #333: Identifying New Ways of Working, Burnout in Product Teams, Management Fads such as Agile, Saying No as a PM — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Identifying New Ways of Working

Lisa Gill (via Medium): Installing, abdicating, and unleashing

Lisa Gill reflects on signs of failed self-management and explores how to improve the identification of new ways of working instead.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Andy Cleff: Technical Debt – Good or Evil?

Andy Cleff shares a comprehensive take on tech debt, from the term’s coining to cost to inherited debt to, finally, keep it under control.

Joost Minnaar (via Corporate Rebels): Agile, Lean Startup, Holacracy: Stop Surfing The Management Fad

Joost Minnaar delves into his favorite management fads, turning into religions attracting missionaries and apostles.

Mike Cohn: How to Diagnose and Correct Poorly Attended Sprint Reviews

Mike Cohn lists seven common reasons why stakeholders ignore your team’s Sprint Review, from a lack of progress to ignored feedback to conflicting obligations.

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Rachel Hamlin (via Mind The Product): Burnout in Product Teams

Rachel Hamlin explores product management practices that can lead to burnout, probably triggered by an external effect but ultimately a personal experience.

Ravi Mehta (via First Round Capital): Set “Non-Goals” and Build a Product Strategy Stack

Ravi Mehta delves into product strategy, the “connective tissue between what a product team is doing day-to-day and the company’s ambition.”

Joni Hoadley: How product managers can say no and not lose their job

Joni Hoadley shares her recipe for managing stakeholders and how to ‘say no’ without losing their support or trust.

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Scrum Master Success: How Do You Identify a Successful Scrum Master? Age-of-Product.com

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

James Shore and Bill Wake: 📺 User Stories

In this talk, Bill Wake joins James Shore to delve into user stories as a concept, from templates to story splitting.

Sonya Siderova (via Nave Blog): Monte Carlo Simulation Explained: Everything You Need to Know to Make Accurate Delivery Forecasts

Sonya Siderova answers ten popular questions regarding the Monte Carlo method to help you better forecast your team’s throughput for a future period.

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

Ben Thompson (via The Stratechery): Tech and War

Ben Thompson analyzes the long-term impact of Putin’s war on Ukraine on the tech industry.

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