Food for Agile Thought #337: Story Points Made Simple, The Art Part of Product Management, Agility Patterns, Useful Team Metrics

TL; DR: Story Points Made Simple, The Art Part of Product Management — Food for Agile Thought #337

Welcome to the 337th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,011 peers. This week, we join Tim Ottinger, exploring the truth about story points and inviting the rest of the community to join. We also delve into patterns of agile transformations, from psychological safety to the “illusion of control,” and we cover engineering team success tactics from making all work visible to WiP limits to utilizing velocity right.

We then share an engaging canvas on the opportunities and realities of picking work by product teams. Moreover, we explore the criticality of human skills for product management—the Six Cs from communication to consciousness, while pointing out that successful products are typically not the work of a single genius with a magic touch but teamwork. Also, Roman Pichler delved into your questions on the role of the Product Owner, ranging from product manager vs. Product Owner vs. business analyst to the right size of a Product Backlog to linking product vision to Product Goal and Sprint Goal.

Then, based on Annie Duke’s work from “Thinking in Bets,” First Round Capital provides a guide on helpful mental models to support decision-making in teams and organizations, not just startups. On top of that, Lean Agile Intelligence aggregated a valuable list of resources on beneficial team metrics. Finally, we listen to Hà Phan, who advocates that “machine learning (ML) can be a key tool to gain the most effective data about your users.”

Food for Agile Thought #337: Story Points Made Simple, The Art Part of Product Management, Agility Patterns, Useful Team Metrics — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Story Points

Tim Ottinger (via Industrial Logic): Story Points: Why is this so hard?

Tim Ottinger started exploring the truth about story points, inviting the rest of the community to join. I am curious about the feedback of the #noestimates faction.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Hendrik Esser (via InfoQ): Using Patterns to Drive a Transformation towards Agility

Hendrik Esser and Andrea Maier delve into patterns of agile transformations, from psychological safety to the flow of information, insights, and decisions to the “illusion of control.”

Courtney Kissler (via InfoQ): 📺 Lead with Speed

In this video, Courtney Kissler covers team success tactics from making all work visible to WiP limits to utilizing velocity right.

(via First Round Capital): The Tactical Guide to Making Better Decisions When Starting and Scaling Companies

Based on Annie Duke’s work from “Thinking in Bets,” First Round Capital provides a guide on helpful mental models to support decision-making in teams and organizations, not just startups.

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🎯 Product

John Cutler: Can Do vs. Should Do

John Cutler shares an engaging canvas on the opportunities and realities of picking work by product teams.

Ken Norton: The Art of Product Management

Ken Norton explores the criticality of human skills for product management—the Six Cs from communication to consciousness.

Jason Yip (via Medium): Guiding principle: the basic unit of product development is the team, not the individual

Jason Yip points out that successful products are typically not the work of a single genius with a magic touch but teamwork.

📺 Roman Pichler: The Product Owner — Hands-on-Agile #38

In this energizing 38th Hands-on Agile session, Roman Pichler delved into your questions on the role of the Product Owner. The topics range from product manager vs. Product Owner vs. business analyst to the right size of a Product Backlog to linking product vision to Product Goal and Sprint Goal.

Hands-on-Agile #38: AMA with Roman Pichler: The Product Owner — Age-of-Product.com

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

(via Lean Agile Intelligence): Team Metrics in Depth

Lean Agile Intelligence aggregated a helpful list of resources on beneficial team metrics.

Richard McLean (via Medium): Measuring psychological safety

Richard McLean shares a simple test to understand better the level of psychological safety in a defined group.

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

Hà Phan (via Mind The Product): 🎙 Machine learning in product discovery

Hà Phan advocates that “machine learning (ML) can be a key tool to gain the most effective data about your users.”


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