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.
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Mind The Product): 📺 Product management dysfunctions(via
Ben Foster explores product management anti-patterns, from the hamster wheel to the ivory tower to the throne room.
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Medium): A Scrum-like Multi-level Kanban Implementation(via
Boris Karl Schlein details how to incorporate tactics and practices from Scrum into a Kanban system.
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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.
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.
👉 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.
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
Medium): Success and Failure at Pebble(via
Eric Migicovsky finally published a post-mortem from 2017 on lessons learned from the demise of Pebble.
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