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.
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Medium): Installing, abdicating, and unleashing(via
Lisa Gill reflects on signs of failed self-management and explores how to improve the identification of new ways of working instead.
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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.
Corporate Rebels): Agile, Lean Startup, Holacracy: Stop Surfing The Management Fad(via
Joost Minnaar delves into his favorite management fads, turning into religions attracting missionaries and apostles.
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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Mind The Product): Burnout in Product Teams(via
Rachel Hamlin explores product management practices that can lead to burnout, probably triggered by an external effect but ultimately a personal experience.
First Round Capital): Set “Non-Goals” and Build a Product Strategy Stack(via
Ravi Mehta delves into product strategy, the “connective tissue between what a product team is doing day-to-day and the company’s ambition.”
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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📺 User Storiesand :
In this talk, Bill Wake joins James Shore to delve into user stories as a concept, from templates to story splitting.
Nave Blog): Monte Carlo Simulation Explained: Everything You Need to Know to Make Accurate Delivery Forecasts(via
Sonya Siderova answers ten popular questions regarding the Monte Carlo method to help you better forecast your team’s throughput for a future period.
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The Stratechery): Tech and War(via
Ben Thompson analyzes the long-term impact of Putin’s war on Ukraine on the tech industry.
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