TL; DR: Sales vs. Product, Minimum Viable Transformation — Food for Agile Thought #353
Welcome to the 353rd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,651 peers. This week, we delve into Sales vs. Product, analyzing their conflicting worldviews. Additionally, we learn about the pre-requisites of cultural change, for example, ensuring that at least a quarter of your community supports the endeavor. Also, we detail why long-term software development plans do not work and critique an acclaimed book on DevOps, metrics, and effectiveness in software development.
Then, we reflect on Lean Startup’s “pivot or persevere” decision: scale, kill, pivot, or persevere, and we show practical ways to reduce our product’s risk of failure, from testing assumptions to data-informed decision-making. Moreover, we share eleven lessons on enabling product management with distributed teams, from the need to write more to embrace tools beyond Zoom and Google Docs.
Finally, we enjoy Avion’s bookmark-worthy guide on user story mapping and detail how product analytics can reduce churn if you learn to identify customers that share ‘specific characteristics and usage patterns.’ Lastly, Russ Roberts interviews the economist — and former chief economist of Uber and Lyft — John List on what determines scalability and ‘good ideas.’
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Sales vs. Product
‘A Working Request Process Should End in YES’ (aka Incompatible Worldviews):
Rich Mironov analyses the context of different worldviews of sales on the one side and product/development on the other side, pointing to the inherent conflict between these views.
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Medium): Minimum Viable Transformation(via
Daniel Stillman dives deep into the pre-requisites of cultural change, for example, ensuring that at least a quarter of your community supports the endeavor.
Why long-term plans don't work and how to fix them:
Lucas F Costa details why long-term software development plans are his favorite ‘genre of fiction.’
A review of _Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps_:
Keunwoo Lee critically dissects an acclaimed book on DevOps, metrics, and effectiveness in software development.
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Kromatic): How to Make “Pivot or Persevere” Decisions in Your Innovation Accounting(via
Tristan Kromer reflects on Lean Startup’s “pivot or persevere” decision, claiming that there are four possible outcomes: scale, kill, pivot, or persevere.
(via Department of Product): How to de-risk your Product Strategy
Richard Holmes shows practical ways to reduce your product’s risk of failure, from testing assumptions to data-informed decision-making.
Medium): Remote and Asynchronous Product Management(via
Jens-Fabian Goetzmann shares eleven lessons on enabling product management with distributed teams, from the need to write more to embracing tools beyond Zoom and Google Docs.
📯 Unengaged Stakeholders at the Sprint Review — Making Your Scrum Work #25
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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
(via Avion): What Is User Story Mapping? Examples & Step-By-Step Guide.
Avion created a comprehensive guide on user story mapping worth bookmarking.
(via Amplitude): Cohort Analysis: Reduce Churn & Improve Retention
Darshil Gandhi details how product analytics can reduce churn if you learn to identify customers that share ‘specific characteristics and usage patterns.’
✂️ Cutting Room Floor
Econlib): 🎙 John List on Scale, Uber, and the Voltage Effectand (via
Russ Roberts interviews the economist — and former chief economist of Uber and Lyft — John List on what determines scalability and ‘good ideas.’
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