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?
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(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.”
🎙 The Other Side of Fearand :
In this podcast, Jerry Colonna and Jules Pieri explore a vital character trait of any trainer, coach, entrepreneur, or artist: tenacity.
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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🎙 The Role of Product Management on Truly Agile Development Teamsand :
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?
🎙 The role of AI in new product developmentand :
In this podcast, Ryan J. Salva shares the success story of Copilot, GitHub’s OpenAI’s ML engine.
📯 Retrospective First Principles
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Learn more: Retrospective First Principles.
🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
Reforge): 4 Major Problems With The Lean Startup Methodology(via
Sachin Rekhi points to four Lean Startup issues, from agnostic experimentation to over-focusing on MVPs to incrementalism.
Farnam Street): How a Decision Journal Changed the Way I make Decisions (Template Included)(via
Shane Parrish digs into the benefits of journaling for decision-making. Moreover, he also provides a template for your start.
🎙 The History of Teslaand :
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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