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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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
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.
In this excerpt from ‘The Art of Agile Development,’ James Shore delves into an essential team success factor.
Better Programming): Stable Teams and Dynamic Structures(via
Chris Combe reflects on ‘balancing long-lived teams with short term coordination and alignment.’
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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.
How to Validate Your Startup Ideaand :
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 advocates not focusing on productivity but, for example, on value, quality, speed, and flexibility, as they may lead to higher productivity later on.
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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.
Reforge): How to (Really) Measure NPS(via
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
Old Guard, New Guard:
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