Food for Agile Thought #347: Beneficial Pre-Mortems, Agility Follows Structure, Scaled Feature Factories, Understanding Refactoring

TL; DR: Beneficial Pre-Mortems, Scaled Feature Factories — Food for Agile Thought #347

Welcome to the 347th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,417 peers. This week, we delve into five success-critical topics for every product manager, from the benefits of pre-mortems to prioritizing your time to ROI and opportunity-cost thinking. Also, we explain code cruft in a metaphor for non-technical people to help the looming conflict between developers and management, and we share learnings from supporting agile transformations at three companies in the insurance and automation industries.

Then, we detail a pattern of non-tech companies heavily investing in digitalization: Despite good intentions, they end up as big feature factories. Moreover, we point out a) how iterating behavioral changes and applying experiments help build the right products and b) the often overlooked signal-to-noise ratio critical for innovation, or: asking for ideas is a bad idea.

Finally, we embrace a simple process that allows everyone on a team to start writing user stories: the Product Backlog Building Canvas. Also, the folks at ProductLed asked 600-plus SaaS businesses about their paths to product-led growth and core metrics such as free to paid accounts conversion rates.

Food for Agile Thought #347: Beneficial Pre-Mortems, Agility Follows Structure, Scaled Feature Factories, Understanding Refactoring — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Beneficial Pre-Mortems

Lenny Rachitsky and Shreyas Doshi: 🎙 Pre-mortems, the LNO Framework, 3 Levels of Product Work, [and] why most Execution Problems Are Strategy Problems

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Wolfgang Steffens (via Agile Alliance): Optimize Your Organizational Structure for Agility

Wolfgang Steffens shares learnings from supporting agile transformations at three companies in the insurance and automation industries.

Tim Ottinger (via Industrial Logic): How To Understand Refactoring

Tim Ottinger explains code cruft in a metaphor for non-technical people to help the looming conflict between developers and the management.

Allan Kelly: Succeeding with OKRs in Agile Infographic

Allan Kelly shares Noel Warnell’s visualization of how to make OKRs achievable for your team.

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John Cutler: Scaled Feature Factories

John Cutler details a pattern of non-tech companies heavily investing in digitalization: Despite good intentions, they end up as big feature factories.

Holly Hester-Reilly and Janel Wellborn: 🎙 Teams Should Celebrate Learning Fast, Not Failing Fast

In this podcast, Janel Wellborn shares how iterating behavioral changes and applying experiments help build the right products.

Stephen Shapiro: 3. Asking for Ideas is a Bad Idea

Stephen Shapiro points at the often overlooked signal-to-noise ratio critical for innovation.

📖 Scrum Developer Anti-Patterns

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Scrum Developer Anti-Patterns — Scrum Anti-Patterns Guide 2022 — Age-of-Product.com

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Paulo Caroli: Product Backlog Building Canvas

Paulo Caroli shares a simple process that allows everyone on a team to start writing user stories: the Product Backlog Building Canvas.

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

(via ProductLed): 📈 Product-Led Growth Benchmarks 2022

The folks at ProductLed asked 600-plus SaaS businesses about their paths to product-led growth and core metrics such as free to paid accounts conversion rates.


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