Food for Agile Thought #346: Pro Frameworks, Ensuring (Product) Excellence, Islands of Agility, 6 Common KPI Mistakes

TL; DR: Pro Frameworks, Ensuring Excellence — Food for Agile Thought #346

Welcome to the 346th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,394 peers. This week, we point to the benefits of frameworks, helping us learn, collaborate, and reduce cognitive load. Also, we explore the idea of starting an agile transformation by splitting off a part of an organization and helping that part become agile first; consequently, we take the stoic perspective on transformations.

Then, we follow Marty Cagan, who adds excellence in the form of a strong product leader to the success recipe of the individual empowered product teams tasked with solving customer problems. Moreover, we address the ‘create customer value’ obsession: Ian Miell claims that ‘many peoples’ work generates value by focussing on things that appear to have no measurable or apparently justifiable customer benefit.’ And we remind ourselves of Goodhart’s Law. (In other words: Why you do not want to become data-driven as a product mensch.)

Finally, we list typical mistakes when measuring success, from vanity metrics to worshipping data. We describe five models to better understand a team’s performance, from Google’s Team Effectiveness Model to the T7 Model of Team Effectiveness, and we share an extensive guide on how to embrace the new hybrid work reality as a facilitator. Lastly, we thank Shane Hastie and Sandy Mamoli for authoring the 2022 edition of the InfoQ Culture & Methods Trends Report.

Food for Agile Thought #346: Pro Frameworks, Ensuring (Product) Excellence, Islands of Agility, 6 Common KPI Mistakes — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

John Cutler: In Defense of Frameworks (and Process)

John Cutler advocates that ‘frameworks, models, and processes help us learn, collaborate, lighten cognitive load (when appropriate), and pay attention (when appropriate).’

➿ Agile & Scrum

John Coleman (via InfoQ): Why You Might Need an Island of Agility

John Coleman points out the benefits of starting an agile transformation by splitting off a part of it and helping that part become agile first: ‘Start slowly. Expand carefully. Improve carefully.’

Chris Murman: How Would Stoics View Org Transformation?

Chris Murman takes the stoic perspective on transformations.

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Marty Cagan (via Silicon Valley Product Group): Ensuring Excellence

Marty Cagan adds ‘excellence’ in the form of a strong product leader to the success recipe of the individual empowered product teams tasked with solving customer problems.

Ian Miell: Business Value, Soccer Canteens, Engineer Retention, and the Bricklayer Fallacy

Ian Miell addresses the ‘create customer value’ obsession, claiming that ‘many peoples’ work generates value by focussing on things that appear to have no measurable or apparently justifiable customer benefit.’

Jens-Fabian Goetzmann (via Medium): Why product managers should not be data driven

Jens-Fabian Goetzmann reminds us of Goodhart’s Law.

📖 36 Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns

Learn how individual incentives and outdated organizational structures — fostering personal agendas and local optimization efforts — manifest themselves in Scrum stakeholder anti-patterns that easily impede any agile transformation to a product-led organization.

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Roman Pichler: Six Common KPI Mistakes to Avoid

Roman Pichler list typical mistakes when measuring success, from vanity metrics to worshipping data.

Scott Middleton (via Medium): 5 Models for Team Productivity

Scott Middleton describes five models to better understand a team’s performance, from Google’s Team Effectiveness Model to the T7 Model of Team Effectiveness.

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

Deborah Rim Moiso (via SessionLab): An honest* guide to planning and facilitating successful hybrid events

Deborah Rim Moiso shares an extensive guide on how to embrace the new work reality as a facilitator.


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