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.
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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).’
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InfoQ): Why You Might Need an Island of Agility(via
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.’
How Would Stoics View Org Transformation?:
Chris Murman takes the stoic perspective on transformations.
InfoQ): InfoQ Culture & Methods Trends Report — March 2022and (via
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Silicon Valley Product Group): Ensuring Excellence(via
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.
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.’
Medium): Why product managers should not be data driven(via
Jens-Fabian Goetzmann reminds us of Goodhart’s Law.
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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
Six Common KPI Mistakes to Avoid:
Roman Pichler list typical mistakes when measuring success, from vanity metrics to worshipping data.
Medium): 5 Models for Team Productivity(via
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.
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