TL; DR: Useful Agile Metrics — Food for Agile Thought #361
Welcome to the 361st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,942 peers. This week, we enjoy an Agile 2022 workshop, where Doc Norton deep-dives into the tricky issue of useful agile metrics, from the problematic ones, like velocity, to gaming metrics to selecting metrics that support your team. Also, we dissect contributing factors to successful agile transformations while pointing at what to avoid, from cargo-cultism to HyperScrum-dementalism to agile scapegoatism, and delve into the rationale of higher purpose goals, from motivating people to driving autonomy. Finally, did you know that the fourth element of Scrum’s empiricism—beyond transparency, inspection, and adaptation—is hiding in plain sight in a sentence on Scrum Values?
Then, we learn from Lenny Rachitsky how to best proceed in becoming the stakeholder whisperer, while Jon Moore and Marty Cagan sketch necessary changes in how you build products when transforming to become a strong, product-led company. Moreover, John Cutler reflects on the “tension between your go-to-market (GTM) and product teams as you scale,” resulting in more complexity, for example, product debt. By the way, there is also an interview with John by Jason Knight.
Finally, we listen to John Drogosz pitching the advantages of value stream mapping for cross-functional teams to improve their way of working and suggest ten steps to gain any basic industry understanding, from diagrams to glossaries to thought leaders and conferences. Moreover, Rita McGrath elaborates on Kodak’s demise and what the halo effect has to do with it. Think printers from the company that invented digital photography.
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Allan Kelly delves into the rationale of higher purpose goals, from motivating people to driving autonomy.
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How to get better at influence:
Lenny Rachitsky suggests how to best proceed as a product manager in becoming the stakeholder whisperer.
Silicon Valley Product Group): Changing How You Build(via
In this first article of a series, Jon Moore and Marty Cagan sketch necessary changes in how you build products when transforming to become a strong, product-led company.
Product GTM Fitness:
John Cutler reflects on the “tension between your go-to-market (GTM) and product teams as you scale,” resulting in more complexity, for example, product debt.
🎙 Survive the Feature Factory by Applying Product Thinking to Product Thinking (with John Cutler, Product Evangelist & Coach @ Amplitude)and :
In this podcast, Jason Knight interviews John Cutler, a “systems overthinker” and “on second thoughts” leader.
📯 The Three — Wait: Four — Elements of Empiricism
In its theory section, the Scrum Guide refers to the three elements of empiricism: transparency, inspection, and adaptation. However, a fourth element, foundational to enable empiricism, is hidden in a sentence on Scrum Values. Read on and learn more about the complete picture of Scrum’s empiricism.
🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
(via Lean Enterprise Institute): Value Stream Mapping in Product Development
John Drogosz pitches the advantages of value stream mapping for cross-functional teams to improve their way of working.
Mapping the Unknown – The Ten Steps to Map Any Industry:
Steve Blank suggests ten steps to gain any basic industry understanding, from diagrams to glossaries to thought leaders and conferences.
When Business Cases Teach the Wrong Lessons:
Rita McGrath elaborates on Kodak’s demise and what the halo effect has to do with it. Think printers.
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