Food for Agile Thought #344: Product Waste, Little’s Law & Forecasts, Stripe’s Product-Led Growth, Sprint Review Anti-Patterns

TL; DR: Product Waste, Little’s Law & Forecasts — Food for Agile Thought #344

Welcome to the 344th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,342 peers. This week, we delve into the patterns of product waste resulting from an ‘organizational and conceptual gap’ between product and engineering teams on the one side and sales and marketing teams on the other side. Also, we outline how to support your teams emotionally in challenging times, and we visualize the mental model of developers as systems thinkers, from inner and outer loops to flow states to context switching. Moreover, we reflect on those who ‘dodge gatekeepers and dance around policies, doing whatever it takes to get the job done.’

Then, we provide insight into Stripe’s product strategy, resulting in a ‘microcosm of product-led, developer-centric growth.’ Moreover, we guide the reader from JTBD to user-centered design to the CCVC framework, and we listen to Chad McAllister interviewing Mike Mace on how to get customer insights quickly to counter demands from your resident HiPPO or a pushy sales team.

Also, we show how the application of Little’s Law can support your team’s forecast quality, and, finally, we address the widespread belief that Kanban is nothing more than some columns on a board and a handful of cards to push around, resulting in highly complex boards of little value.

Food for Agile Thought #344: Product Waste, Little’s Law and Forecasts, Stripe’s Product-Led Growth, Sprint Review Anti-Patterns — Age-of-Product.com

Did you miss the previous Food for Agile Thought’s issue #343?

🗞 Shall I notify you about articles like this one? Awesome! You can sign up here for the ‘Food for Agile Thought’ newsletter and join 35,000-plus subscribers.

🎓 Join Stefan in one of his upcoming Professional Scrum training classes!

Hands-on Agile #42 on May 30, 2022: The Skinny on Lean Roadmapping and OKRs with Janna Bastow — Age-of-Product.com

📅 Join 330-plus peers on May 30, 2022: HoA #42: The Skinny on Lean Roadmapping and OKRs w/ Janna Bastow.

🏆 The Tip of the Week

Rich Mironov: Product Waste and The ROI of Discovery

Rich Mironov delves into the patterns of product waste resulting from an ‘organizational and conceptual gap’ between product and engineering teams on the one side and sales and marketing teams on the other side.

➿ Agile & Scrum

(via First Round Capital): A Manager’s Guide to Helping Teams Face Down Uncertainty, Burnout and Perfectionism

In this interview, author Liz Fosslien outlines how to support your teams emotionally in challenging times.

Beyang Liu (via Sourcegraph): A dev's thoughts on developer productivity

Using pictures and diagrams, Beyang Liu visualizes the mental model of developers as systems thinkers, from inner and outer loops to flow states to context switching.

Zain Rizvi: Dangerous Professionals: Hacking the Bureaucracy to Get Stuff Done

Zain Rizvi reflects on those who ‘dodge gatekeepers and dance around policies, doing whatever it takes to get the job done.’

🎓 🖥 🇬🇧 Professional Scrum Master Training w/ PSM I Certificate — Live Virtual Class: June 20-23, 2022

Discover Scrum’s four success principles in this official Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master training class, leading to and including the industry-recognized PSM I certification. The training will be offered in English.

Enjoy the benefits of an immersive class of four sessions with like-minded agile peers in the morning hours from 09:00 – 13:00 o’clock CEST.

Professional Scrum Master Training w/ PSM I Certificate — Live Virtual Class: June 20-23, 2022 — Berlin Product People GmbH

Learn more: 🖥 💯 🇬🇧 Professional Scrum Master Training w/ PSM I Certificate — Live Virtual Class: June 20-23, 2022.

Customer review: “Great class. Probably the best training I ever attended. Extremely driven and productive class, with interactive exercises that challenge you to think in Agile manner. Keeps the focus on the point regardless of the remote session. Stefan for sure goes above and beyond to teach you how to be a real Scum master.” (Link.)

👉 From time to time, we can offer last-minute seats for training classes at cost to individuals who do not have access to a corporate training budget. If you like to be notified about these opportunities, please register here.

🎯 Product

Will Larson: Stripe's model of product-led, developer-centric growth

Will Larson provides insight into Stripe’s product strategy, resulting in a ‘microcosm of product-led, developer-centric growth.’

Wolfram Nagel (via Medium): Customer-Centric Value Creation

Wolfram Nagel guides the reader from JTBD to user-centered design to the CCVC framework.

Chad McAllister: 🎙 Fast user insights for product managers and innovators – with Mike Mace

In this podcast, Chad McAllister interviews Mike Mace on how to get customer insights quickly to counter demands from your resident HiPPO or a pushy sales team.

📯 15 Sprint Review Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams

Are we still on track to accomplish the Product Goal? Moreover, how did the previous Sprint contribute to our Scrum team’s mission? Answering these questions and adapting the Product Backlog in a collaborative effort of the Scrum Team with internal and external stakeholders is the purpose of the Sprint Review. Given its importance, it is worthwhile to tackle the most common Sprint Review anti-patterns.

Sprint Review Anti-Patterns — Scrum Anti-Patterns Guide — Age-of-Product.com

👉 Learn more: 15 Sprint Review Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams.

🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Johanna Rothman: Little's Law for Any Kind of Product Development: How to Learn How Long Your Work Will Take

Johanna Rothman shows how the application of Little’s Law can support your team’s forecast quality.

Robert S. Falkowitz (via Kanbanize Blog): Using 5S to Keep your Kanban Board Organized in Practice

Robert S. Falkowitz addresses the widespread belief that Kanban is nothing more than some columns on a board and a handful of cards to push around, resulting in highly complex boards of little value.

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

There are no posts in this category.​


📅 Scrum Training & Event Schedule

You can secure your seat for Scrum training classes, workshops, and meetups directly by following the corresponding link in the table below:

Date Class and Language City Price
🖥 💯 🇬🇧 December 8, 2022 GUARANTEED: Hands-on Agile #48: How Elon Musk Would Run YOUR Business with Joe Justice (English; Live Virtual Meetup) Live Virtual Meetup FREE
🖥 💯 🇬🇧 December 12-13, 2022 GUARANTEED: Professional Scrum Master Online (Advanced) Training (PSM II; English; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €1.189 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 💯 🇩🇪 December 14-15, 2022 GUARANTEED: Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (PSPO I; German; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €1.189 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 💯 🇩🇪 December 19-20, 2022 GUARANTEED: Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €1.189 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 🇺🇸 January 23-26, 2023 US Timezone Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (PSPO I; English; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class $1,045-$1,245
🖥 🇬🇧 January 24-27, 2023 Professional Scrum Master (Advanced) Training (PSM II; English; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €1.189 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 🇩🇪 January 31-February 3, 2023 Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €1.189 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 🇬🇧 February 7-10, 2023 Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €1.189 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 🇺🇸 February 13-16, 2023 — US Timezone Professional Scrum Master (Advanced) Training (PSM II; English; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class $1,195-$1,395
🖥 🇩🇪 February 28-March 3, 2023 Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (PSPO I; German; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €1.189 incl. 19% VAT

See all upcoming classes here.

Professional Scrum Trainer Stefan Wolpers

You can book your seat for the training directly by following the corresponding links to the ticket shop. If the procurement process of your organization requires a different purchasing process, please contact Berlin Product People GmbH directly.

📺 Join 3,800-plus Agile Peers on Youtube

Now available on the Age-of-Product Youtube channel to improve learning:

Download the Remote Agile Guide for Free — Age-of-Product.com

✋ Do Not Miss Out and Learn more about Product Waste — Join the 11,000-plus Strong ‘Hands-on Agile’ Slack Community

I invite you to join the “Hands-on Agile” Slack Community and enjoy the benefits of a fast-growing, vibrant community of agile practitioners from around the world.

Large scale agile: Join the Hands-on Agile Slack Group

If you like to join all you have to do now is provide your credentials via this Google form, and I will sign you up. By the way, it’s free.

Download the free Scrum Anti-Patterns Guide by PST Stefan Wolpers — 160 ways to improve as a Scrum Team — Age-of-Product.com

🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #343: Why Teams Estimate, Sales Team Prevents Customer Contact, How to Provide Critical Feedback, The HiPPO Effect.

Find this content useful? Share it with your friends!

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.