Food for Agile Thought #342: Agile Laggards, Fireside Chat with Marty Cagan, Stakeholder Trust, How to (Really) Measure NPS

TL; DR: Agile Laggards, Fireside Chat with Marty Cagan — Food for Agile Thought #342

Welcome to the 342nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,264 peers. This week, we point to Geoffrey Moore’s ‘Technology Adoption Life Cycle,’ and that ‘Agile’ has entered the laggards segment. We also delve into an essential team success factor — stakeholder trust — and reflect on ‘balancing long-lived teams with short term coordination and alignment.’

Then, we learn how to determine best whether an idea is worth pursuing and define six ‘first principles’ for product leaders to deal with team topology, from ownership to alignment to autonomy. Moreover, we follow Behzod Sirjani, who believes that NPS has been turned into a useless vanity metric while it has actual value for measuring ‘word-of-mouth loops.’

Also, we advocate not focusing on productivity but, for example, on value, quality, speed, and flexibility, as they may lead to higher productivity later on. Lastly, we enjoy a fireside chat with Marty Cagan, where he addresses empowerment, adopting a product-led mindset, and why project-oriented companies should consider becoming product-oriented.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Marty Cagan (via Mind The Product): 📺 Fireside chat with Marty Cagan

In this video, Marty Cagan addresses empowerment, adopting a product-led mindset, and why project-oriented companies should consider becoming product-oriented.

➿ Agile & Scrum: Agile Laggards

Mike Griffiths: Agile Adoption – Left to Right is the Way to Go

Mike Griffiths points to Geoffrey Moore’s ‘Technology Adoption Life Cycle,’ and that ‘Agile’ has entered the agile laggards segment, leading to shortcuts and the wrong mindset.

James Shore: Stakeholder Trust

In this excerpt from ‘The Art of Agile Development,’ James Shore delves into an essential team success factor.

Chris Combe (via Better Programming): Stable Teams and Dynamic Structures

Chris Combe reflects on ‘balancing long-lived teams with short term coordination and alignment.’

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🎯 Product

Petra Wille: Learning from Other Product People: Patrick Sauerwein on the Product Community of Practice at Deutsche Telekom

Petra Wille interviews Patrick Sauerwein on CoP lessons learned, from formats to inviting external guests to impact.

Lenny Rachitsky and Todd Jackson: How to Validate Your Startup Idea

Todd Jackson shares his experience as a seed-stage investor at First Round Capital on how to best figure out whether an idea is worth pursuing.

Yi Lv: Productivity Focus

Yi Lv advocates not focusing on productivity but, for example, on value, quality, speed, and flexibility, as they may lead to higher productivity later on.

📯 How to Pass the Product Owner Certification — PSPO I, PSPO II, and PSPO III

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

(via UX Collective): Team Topology: 6 ‘First Principles’ for Product Leaders

Afonso Franco defines six ‘first principles’ for product leaders to deal with team topology, from ownership to alignment to autonomy.

Behzod Sirjani (via Reforge): How to (Really) Measure NPS

Behzod Sirjani believes that NPS has been turned into a useless vanity metric while it has actual value for measuring ‘word-of-mouth loops.’

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

John Cutler: Old Guard, New Guard

John Cutler reflects on change, contrasting different viewpoints of incumbents and change agents.


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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

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

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