Food for Agile Thought #341: Adopting Agility, Failure to Scale Ideas, Measuring Success, ‘Great’ Product Manager

TL; DR: Adopting Agility, Failure to Scale Ideas — Food for Agile Thought #341

Welcome to the 341st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,206 peers. This week, we learn about adopting agility with a research initiative of Thinkers 50 and Capgemini Invent, and we delve into the difficulties of answering a typical question: ‘What are the pros and cons of Agile?’ Moreover, we analyze the challenges of collaboration after switching to product-based funding, pointing at Conway and Brooks, and end with observations on how the subtleties of an organization influence the effectiveness of internal and external agile coaches, respectively.

We then identify five causes why some products peter out when they grow, from false positives to biased representation to cost traps, and outline three tactics for stakeholder collaboration and inclusion. Additionally, we share Jason Cohen’s framework for Product Management that defines what ‘great’ concerning product managers means in practical terms. We also shed light on the nature of the Scrum team regarding its product capabilities, namely its lack of stakeholder inclusion.

Then, we listen to Jeff Gothelf regarding his advice on adopting the goal-setting OKR framework to measure success, and we learn how Pendo practices continuous discovery, from recruiting interviewees to designing and running experiments. Finally, we are closing this edition with Tim Ferriss interviewing Tony Fadell, covering “Steve Jobs on ‘Vacation,’ Product Design and Team Building, Good Assholes vs. Bad Assholes, Investing in Trends Before They Become Trends, The Hydrogen Economy, [and] The Future of Batteries.”

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Adopting Agility

(via Thinkers 50): 📖 Agility Inc.: Building Widespread Agility

Thinkers 50 and Capgemini Invent teamed up for a research initiative on the adoption of agile for organizational design and transformation.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Staffan Nöteberg (via Medium): Agile ≠ Lean

Staffan Nöteberg delves into the difficulties of answering a typical question: ‘What are the pros and cons of Agile?’

Chris Combe (via Medium): Untangling Organizational Dependencies

Chris Combe analyzes the challenges of collaboration after switching to product-based funding, pointing at Conway and Brooks.

Bob Galen: Key Differences for Internal vs. External Agile Coaches

Bob Galen shares his observations on how the subtleties of an organization influence the two different approaches.

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🎯 Product

John List (via Harvard Business Review): Why It’s So Hard to Scale a Great Idea

John List identifies five causes why some products peter out when they grow, from false positives to biased representation to cost traps.

Itamar Gilad: Three Advanced Techniques for Working with Stakeholders

Itamar Gilad outlines three tactics for stakeholder collaboration and inclusion.

Jason Cohen: The Impossible Product Manager, a.k.a. the ‘Great’ Product Manager

Jason Cohen shares a framework for Product Management and defines what ‘great’ means in practical terms.

Roman Pichler: Product Teams in Scrum

Roman Pichler sheds light on the nature of the Scrum team regarding its product capabilities, namely its lack of stakeholder inclusion.

📯 Product Owner Anti-Patterns — 33 Ways to Improve as a PO

No other role in Scrum can contribute to mediocre outcomes like the Product Owner—garbage in, garbage out. Therefore, the following list of some of the most common Product Owner anti-patterns might be a starting point to reflect on the role; maybe, there is room for improvement?

If you recognize some anti-patterns in your daily work, why don’t you ask the rest of the Scrum Team for support? For example, run a Retrospective with teammates and stakeholders on how the team is doing regarding figuring out what is worth building.

Product Owner Anti-Patterns — 32 Ways to Improve as a PO — The Scrum Anti-Patterns Guide — Age-of-Product.com

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Melissa Perri and Jeff Gothelf (via Produx Labs): 🎙 Shifting How We Measure Success

Melissa Perri interviews Jeff Gothelf regarding his advice on adopting the goal-setting OKR framework to measure success.

Teresa Torres: Tools of the Trade: A Look at Pendo’s Discovery Tech Stack – Product Talk

Melissa Suzuno talked to Steve Cheshire to figure out how Pendo practices continuous discovery, from recruiting interviewees to designing and running experiments.

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

Tim Ferriss and Tony Fadell: 🎙 Tony Fadell of iPod, iPhone, and Nest Fame

Tim Ferriss interviews Tony Fadell, covering “Steve Jobs on ‘Vacation,’ Product Design and Team Building, Good Assholes vs. Bad Assholes, Investing in Trends Before They Become Trends, The Hydrogen Economy, [and] The Future of Batteries.”


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