TL; DR: Shape Up, Product Sense — Food for Agile Thought #334
Welcome to the 334th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 34,804 peers. This week, we share lessons learned on what it takes to succeed with Shape Up, Basecamp’s framework for running product development teams by collaboration and productivity. Also, we explore “the impact of hybrid work environments on Agile work,” and we delve into anything Spike-related, from purpose to common misunderstandings.
We then follow Jules Walter as he explains what ‘product sense’ is all about and shares actionable and practical advice on how to develop your product sense. At the same time, John Cutler summarizes the must-haves to get a product team started, from having some process to artifacts to tools. Moreover, we analyze why the collaboration between Product and Marketing may unravel, how to fix this issue, or—better—prevent it from happening in the first place.
Lastly, we reflect on the eleventh principle of the Agile Manifesto: “The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams,” and we point at five estimation failures, from settling for the average to skipping the Definition of Done to fixing time to story points.
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Medium): From Scrum to Shipping Work that Matters with Shape Ups(via
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(via Agile Alliance): 📺 The Future of Agile in a Hybrid World
In this video, the panelists explore “the impact of hybrid work environments on Agile work.”
Leading Agile): All About Spikes(via
In this podcast, Dennis Stevens and Stephen Cavaliere delve into anything Spike-related, from purpose to common misunderstandings.
Simple Thread): Agile Principles: Adaptive Self-Organizing(via
Al Tenhundfeld reflects on the eleventh principle of the Agile Manifesto: “The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.”
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How to develop product senseand :
Jules Walter explains what ‘product sense’ is all about and shares actionable and practical advice on how to develop your product sense.
John Cutler summarizes the must-haves to get a product team started, from having some process to artifacts to tools.
Reforge): 3 Ways Marketing and Product Teams Can Improve Collaboration — And Drive Better Business Outcomesand (via
Adam Fishman and Natalie Rothfels analyze why the collaboration between Product and Marketing may unravel, how to fix this issue, or—better—prevent it from happening in the first place.
📯 How to Pass the Scrum Master Certification — PSM I, PSM II, and PSM III
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🛠 Tools & Measuring
(via Medium): The Five Anti-patterns of Estimating User Stories
Jim Apodaca points at five estimation failures, from settling for the average to skipping the Definition of Done to fixing time to story points.
ProductLed): Activation Velocity: Why time-to-value wasn’t enough to measure user onboarding at Shopify(via
Adam Jarczyn shares lessons learned from his time at Shopify, leading the Solution Engineering for the retail merchant segment.
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