Food for Agile Thought #359: UX & Engineering, Product for Truly Agile Teams, 4 Major Issues w/ Lean Startup, Discovery’s Toughest Questions

TL; DR: UX & Engineering, AI in Product — Food for Agile Thought #359

Welcome to the 359th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,852 peers. This week, we delve into UX & engineering, detailing how product discovery benefits from including engineers early in the process, from timely feasibility discussions to designing minimum viable experiments (MVE). Also, we reflect on the many aspects of velocity, “if you are planning for a stable team with high morale that can consistently deliver,” and explore a vital character trait of any trainer, coach, entrepreneur, or artist — tenacity — with Jerry Colonna and Jules Pieri.

Then, Allan Holub explores the importance of product management for agile teams, from C-level buy-in to empowering people w/o leaving them to JIRA’s perils, while dissing Scrum. Moreover, Ryan J. Salva shares the success story of Copilot, GitHub’s OpenAI’s ML engine, while Martin Spinnangr asks: Continue, pivot, kill, or charge ahead?

Finally, Sachin Rekhi points to four Lean Startup issues, from agnostic experimentation to over-focusing on MVPs to incrementalism, and we dig into the benefits of journaling for decision-making. Also, we explore the effects of limiting beliefs on change, from anchoring to selection bias. PS: Can I interest you in Dr. Laurence J. Peter explaining some of the observations leading to his theory?

Food for Agile Thought #359: UX & Engineering, Product for Truly Agile Teams, 4 Major Issues w/ Lean Startup, Discovery’s Toughest Questions — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: UX & Engineering

(via epicpeople): User Research & Engineering: Better Together During Discovery

Julia Tan and Carolina Aldas delve into UX & engineering, detailing how product discovery benefits from including engineers early in the process, from timely feasibility discussions to designing minimum viable experiments (MVE).

➿ Agile & Scrum

(via Stack Overflow): Does high velocity lead to burnout? That may be the wrong question to ask.

Ben Matthews reflects on the many aspects of velocity, “if you are planning for a stable team with high morale that can consistently deliver.”

Jerry Colonna and Jules Pieri: 🎙 The Other Side of Fear

In this podcast, Jerry Colonna and Jules Pieri explore a vital character trait of any trainer, coach, entrepreneur, or artist: tenacity.

Michael Küsters: Dealing with limiting beliefs

Michael Küsters explores the effects of limiting beliefs, a “belief confining us, or reducing our options in some way,” on change, from anchoring to selection bias.

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🎯 Product

Jason Knight and Allen Holub: 🎙 The Role of Product Management on Truly Agile Development Teams

Allen Holub at his best, exploring C-level buy-in, empowering people w/o leaving them, JIRA’s perils, and dissing Scrum.

(via UX Collective): The toughest question of product discovery

Martin Spinnangr asks: Continue, pivot, kill, or charge ahead?

Lenny Rachitsky and Ryan J. Salva: 🎙 The role of AI in new product development

In this podcast, Ryan J. Salva shares the success story of Copilot, GitHub’s OpenAI’s ML engine.

📯 Retrospective First Principles

What is your take on the Retrospective: A routine exercise at the end of a Sprint, supported by standard operating procedures? Or a critical part of a Scrum team’s journey of continuous improvement? As you may assume, I advocate for the latter. In my experience, Scrum teams start utilizing Retrospectives to their full potential when they embrace a short set of Retrospective first principles, outlining the essence of the Why, the What, and the How.

Retrospective First Principles — Age-of-Product.com

For classic nerds: “Molon labe (Ancient Greek: μολὼν λαβέ, romanized: molṑn labé), meaning ‘come and take [them][…]’

Learn more: Retrospective First Principles.

🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Sachin Rekhi (via Reforge): 4 Major Problems With The Lean Startup Methodology

Sachin Rekhi points to four Lean Startup issues, from agnostic experimentation to over-focusing on MVPs to incrementalism.

Shane Parrish (via Farnam Street): How a Decision Journal Changed the Way I make Decisions (Template Included)

Shane Parrish digs into the benefits of journaling for decision-making. Moreover, he also provides a template for your start.

🎶 Encore

Tim Higgins and Gennaro Cuofano: 🎙 The History of Tesla

In this podcast, Gennaro Cuofano interviews author and WSJ reporter Tim Higgins about the rise of Tesla.

(via BBC Archive): 📺 1974: Are YOU at your level of INCOMPETENCE? | The Peter Principle

In this classic video, Dr. Laurence J. Peter explains some of the observations leading to his theory.


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