Food for Agile Thought #363: Tracking Learnings, Impact Mapping for Fun & Profit, Games as Change Tools, DORA 2022 Accelerate Report

TL; DR: Tracking Learnings, Impact Mapping for Fun & Profit — Food for Agile Thought #363

Welcome to the 363rd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 36,042 peers. This week, we delve into tracking learnings and what to do with all the “stuff” that continuous product discovery produces. Also, we analyze the utility of agile games as change-supporting tools and share a decision-making approach to scaling, from “don’t scale” to “managing dependencies between work to be done.” Finally, we consider the fact that “simple” covers a vast ground and has the potential to cause confusion and misinterpretation. (You may want to reconsider your KISS approach.)

Then, we advocate getting comfortable with impact mapping when you have a “vague goal but haven’t yet done a good exploration of how to get there.” Again, we also stress the importance of product discovery, given that we all love “our ideas” when building new businesses, before we point out five practices that will enable your team to take full advantage of the Product Backlog as a tactical tool.

Finally, we appreciate Paulo Caroli’s curated list of popular practices for organizing meetings; he also provides a downloadable PDF and a Mural template. On top of that, Andrea Saez shares the “Customer Value Explorer,” a canvas to map customer value against business objectives. Lastly, Google Cloud published the “2022 Accelerate State of DevOps Report,” focusing on security.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Tracking Learnings

Teresa Torres: Discovery Is Messy: How Do We Keep Track of All That We Are Learning?

Teresa Torres reflects on what to do with all the “stuff” that continuous product discovery produces, from doing to communicating to archiving.

The biggest mistake I see teams make is they create completely different artifacts for each of these three purposes. For example, they might create 1) user stories to help their scrum team align around what they need to build this sprint, 2) a slide deck that tells marketing and sales what’s coming out in the next two sprints, and 3) release notes to document what actually happened.

➿ Agile & Scrum

(via InfoQ): Accessing Agile Games as a Tool in Transformation and Change

Anne Hoffmann analyzes the utility of agile games as change-supporting tools, including four steps to creating business impact with agile games.

Carl J Rogers (via Medium): The Five Orders of Scaling Agile Teams

Carl J Rogers shares a decision-making approach to scaling, from “don’t scale” to “managing dependencies between work to be done.”

John Cutler: Simplicity Is a Tactic, Not a Goal

John Cutler reflects on the fact that “simple” covers a vast ground and has the potential to cause confusion and misinterpretation.

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🎯 Product

Mark Levison: Want to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck? Try Impact Mapping

Mark Levison advocates getting comfortable with impact mapping when you have a “vague goal but haven’t yet done a good exploration of how to get there.”

Impact Mapping is a tool to help you figure out where you will likely get the most bang for your buck. You map out some options to achieve a goal. Once you’ve got a rough idea, you stop mapping and execute.

Arvid Kahl: Problem Discovery for Calm SaaS Businesses

Arvid Kahl stresses the importance of product discovery, given that we all love “our ideas” when building new businesses.

Roman Pichler: 5 Tips for Stocking the Product Backlog

Roman Pichler points out five practices that will enable your team to take full advantage of the Product Backlog as a tactical tool, from choosing a Product Goal to stocking it as a collaborative effort.

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Paulo Caroli: Facilitation techniques

Paulo Caroli curated popular practices to organize meetings, including providing a downloadable PDF and a Mural template.

andrea saez (via UX Collective): How to define customer value when building products

Andrea Saez shares the “Customer Value Explorer™,” a canvas to map customer value against business objectives.

🎶 Encore

(via Google Cloud Blog): 📈 📖 DORA 2022 Accelerate State of DevOps Report now out

Google Cloud published the “2022 Accelerate State of DevOps Report,” focusing on security.


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