TL; DR: Product Discovery Tool, Vanity Metrics — Food for Agile Thought #350
Welcome to the 350th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,507 peers. This week, we introduce the ‘Confidence Meter,’ a product discovery tool. Plus, we ask a seemingly simple question: how do we define team longevity, and is it indeed a helpful approach? Moreover, we enjoy an introductory guide to understanding and using Product Goals to your team’s advantage and point at waste at all levels in our software shops.
Then, we share ‘empirical evidence for the [usefulness of the] Double-Diamond model’ and applaud Jason Yip, who sketched use cases of user stories, from 😞 to 🤔 to 😀 practices. And in case you plan your next career step: Roman Pichler sheds light on the responsibilities of a head of product. Moreover, Janna Bastow talks about being lean while creating and maintaining your roadmap and how objectives and key results (OKR) may help meet that challenge.
Finally, we share John Cutler’s ultimate guide to fighting vanity metrics, from understanding their appeal to identifying and overcoming them. And while we are at it: Agile Uprising provides a guide to helpful metrics in various environments, from flow efficiency to work item age to time to market.
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How Much Product Discovery Is Enough?:
Itamar Gilad addresses a common problem in product discovery, getting lost in yet another discovery activity, by introducing the ‘Confidence Meter’ tool.
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How long should we keep the team together?:
Jeff Gothelf asks a seemingly simple question: how do we define team longevity, and is it indeed a helpful approach?
(via Parabol Focus): Product Goals: How to Write and Use Them (With Examples)
Parabol shares an introductory guide to understanding and using Product Goals to your team’s advantage.
Industrial Logic): Waste Snake(via
Tim Ottinger points to various forms of waste at all levels in our software shops and what we can do about it.
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Medium): How do product design teams converge on an idea?(via
Sharon Ferguson shares ‘empirical evidence for the [usefulness of the] Double-Diamond model.’
Medium): Some sketches about using User Stories to facilitate shared understanding: bad, better, best(via
Jason Yip sketches use cases of user stories, from 😞 to 🤔 to 😀 practices.
What Should a Head of Product Do?:
Roman Pichler sheds light on the responsibilities of a head of product, a career aspiration for many product managers and Product Owners.
📺 Janna Bastow: Lean Roadmapping and OKRs — Hands-on Agile #42
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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
Amplitude): What Are Vanity Metrics and How to Stop Using Them(via
John Cutler shares his ultimate guide to fighting vanity metrics, from understanding their appeal to identifying and overcoming them.
(via Agile Uprising): Actionable Agile Metrics For Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, or ANYTHING! How to get started!
Agile Uprising shares a guide to helpful metrics in various environments, from flow efficiency to work item age to time to market.
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