Food for Agile Thought #358: Scaling Innovation, #NoBacklogs, Studies on Cross-Functional Teams, Product Health Check

TL; DR: Agility: Scaling Innovation, #NoBacklogs — Food for Agile Thought #358

Welcome to the 358th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,833 peers. This week, Steven Sinofsky analyzes the challenges of scaling innovation, delving into concepts, tools, culture, and change. Also, Allan “Nuke the backlog” Kelly delves into the current discussion regarding the Product Backlog’s usefulness. Furthermore, we analyze research papers on cross-functionality from Google Scholar and point to the moment when deteriorating software quality insects with a higher demand for new features.

Then, Wes Kao and Lenny Rachitsky cover how to engage your audience and improve your communication for product success. Moreover, we dissect aspects of product leadership, from strategic thinkers to the get-it-done thinkers, and we explain the negative consequences of employing SAFe® for product management, for example, its obsession with process.

Finally, we share Brad Dunn’s new approach to product management: replace the product manager role with a value manager and a discovery engineer. Additionally, we provide a concept of gathering health indicators to support better product decisions, plus a canvas to help you “avoid creating the right solution to the wrong problem.”

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Scaling Innovation

Steven Sinofsky: Innovation in the Context of Success

In this essay, Steven Sinofsky analyzes the challenges of scaling innovation, delving into concepts, tools, culture, and change.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Allan Kelly: Backlogs, #NoBacklog(s) and comfort blankets

Allan “Nuke the backlog” Kelly delves into the current discussion regarding the Product Backlog’s usefulness as a prelude to his talk on September 5 at the 44th Hands-on Agile meetup.

Scott Middleton (via Terem Technologies): Cross-Functional Teams: A Summary of 20 Popular Studies

Scott Middleton aggregated research papers on cross-functionality from Google Scholar with at least 115 and up to 1,265 citations.

(via Lithespeed): It's Time to Reframe How We Think about Technical Debt

LitheSpeed opposes the idea that technical debt is always something negative. Instead, we should consider it a way to “convey the costs associated with deferred maintenance or investment in technology.”

Mario Caropreso (via Medium): The False Trade-off Between Quality and Speed

Mario Caropreso analyzes the tipping point when deteriorating software quality insects with a higher demand for new features.

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🎯 Product

Wes Kao and Lenny Rachitsky: 🎙 Persuasive communication and managing up

In this podcast, Wes Kao and Lenny Rachitsky cover how to engage your audience and improve your communication for product success.

John Cutler: Navigating the Product Leadership Fog

John Cutler dissects aspects of product leadership, from strategic thinkers wondering whether there is a strategy in the first place to the get-it-done thinkers, convinced that the “leadership just keeps changing priorities.”

Shaw Li: Why training in SAFe or scaling agile is wrong for PMs early in their careers

Shaw Li explains the negative consequences of employing SAFe® for product management, for example, its obsession with process.

📯 Product Backlog Refinement: 14 First Principles

The Product Backlog refinement is a continuous process to create actionable Product Backlogs, enabling a Scrum Team to run Sprint Plannings at a moment’s notice. Consequently, refinement is about creating alignment among all team members about the Why, the What, the How, and probably even the Who regarding the upcoming work for the Scrum team’s Product Goal. As a result, Product Backlog refinement is a critical success factor as it drastically increases the team’s capability to deliver valuable Increments regularly.

The following 14 first principles describe in broad strokes the foundation of a successful approach to refinement.

Product Backlog Refinement First Principles — Age-of-Product.com

Learn more: Product Backlog Refinement: 14 First Principles.

🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Brad Dunn (via Medium): Bi-Directional Product Management

Brad Dunn shares his new approach to product management: replace the product manager role with a value manager and a discovery engineer.

Richard Holmes (via Department of Product): How to Conduct a Product Health Check

Richard Holmes shares his concept of gathering health indicators to support better product decisions.

(via Medium): Data Product Canvas — A practical framework for building high-performance data products

Leandro Carvalho created a canvas to help you “avoid creating the right solution to the wrong problem.”

🎶 Encore

(via XKCD Comic): Universe Price Tiers

Everything has its price, even the big picture.


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