Food for Agile Thought #339: Product Management Anti-Patterns, Scrum-like Kanban, Fixing Your Product Roadmap, 300+ Agile and Scrum Statistics

TL; DR: Product Management Anti-Patterns, Scrum-like Kanban — Food for Agile Thought #339

Welcome to the 339th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,114 peers. This week, we explore product management anti-patterns, from the hamster wheel to the ivory tower to the throne room, and we ask ourselves: What is a high-performing agile team? Also, we detail how to incorporate tactics and practices from Scrum into a Kanban system and suggest a massive list of statistics on ‘Agile’ and Scrum to support your initiatives with data.

We then point to two different processes that comprise product management: a) core product work, creating objective value, and b) growth work, optimizing how a product delivers value to customers. Moreover, we explain how startups may benefit from continuous discovery work, although most start with an idea, not a customer segment and a value proposition, and we describe a system of connecting strategy with operational doing, dubbed the ‘roadmap pipeline.’

Lastly, we show how value stream optimization helps to improve throughput and quality in the development process. We also point to Ray Dalio’s book ‘Principles,’ where Dalio communicates his idea of how to share your disagreement in a considerate and constructive manner. Finally, Eric Migicovsky published a post-mortem from 2017 on lessons learned from the demise of Pebble.

Food for Agile Thought #339: Product Management Anti-Patterns, Scrum-like Kanban, Fixing Your Product Roadmap, 300+ Agile and Scrum Statistics — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Product Management Anti-Patterns

Ben Foster (via Mind The Product): 📺 Product management dysfunctions

Ben Foster explores product management anti-patterns, from the hamster wheel to the ivory tower to the throne room.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Mike Cohn: What Is a High-Performing Agile Team?

In Mike Cohn’s world, a ‘high-performing team sustainably exceeds expectations in achieving clear goals.’ Learn more about how your Scrum team can progress to that level of proficiency.

Boris Karl Schlein (via Medium): A Scrum-like Multi-level Kanban Implementation

Boris Karl Schlein details how to incorporate tactics and practices from Scrum into a Kanban system.

(via Parabol Focus): 300+ Agile and Scrum Statistics for 2022

Parabol aggregated a massive list of statistics on ‘Agile’ and Scrum to support your initiatives with data.

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🎯 Product

Oleg Yakubenkov: Two types of product work: creating value and delivering value

Oleg Yakubenkov points at two different processes that comprise product management: a) core product work, creating objective value, and b) growth work, optimizing how a product delivers value to customers.

Teresa Torres: How Continuous Discovery Works (and Doesn’t) in Early-Stage Startups

Teresa Torres explains how startups may benefit from continuous discovery work, although most start with an idea, not a customer segment and a value proposition.

(via Medium): The Playbook to fix your Product Roadmap

Markus Müller describes his system of connecting strategy with operational doing, dubbed the ‘roadmap pipeline.’

📯 Scrum Master Anti-Patterns — 20 Signs Your Scrum Master Needs Help

The reasons Scrum Masters violate the spirit of the Scrum Guide are multi-faceted. Typical Scrum Master anti-patterns run from ill-suited personal traits to complacency to pursuing individual agendas to frustration with the team itself.

Read on and learn in this post on Scrum anti-patterns how you can identify if your Scrum Master needs support from the team.

Scrum Master Anti-Patterns — 20 Signs Your Scrum Master Needs Help

👉 Learn more: 20 Scrum Master Anti-Patterns.

🛠 Tools & Measuring

(via InfoQ): Dynamic Value Stream Mapping to Help Increase Developer Productivity

Pavel Azaletskiy shows how value stream optimization helps to improve throughput and quality in the development process.

Marc Abraham: My Product Management Toolkit (51): Thoughtful Disagreement

Marc Abraham points to Ray Dalio’s book ‘Principles,’ where Dalio communicates his idea of how to share your disagreement in a considerate and constructive manner.

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

Eric Migicovsky (via Medium): Success and Failure at Pebble

Eric Migicovsky finally published a post-mortem from 2017 on lessons learned from the demise of Pebble.


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