Food for Agile Thought #369: Joy of Agility, CEOs and Product Leaders, Team Change is Inevitable, Product Data Mistakes

TL; DR: Joy of Agility — Food for Agile Thought #369

Welcome to the 369th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 36,291 peers. This week, we delve into the Joy of Agility and learn about the inevitability of team change and how dynamic reteaming may support dealing with it. Then we consider whether how decisions are made is more important than who makes them and why startups should have a risk roadmap, a plan for what they need to learn, from de-risking their organization to techniques used.

Also, we notice that ‘strong alignment and candid communication between a CEO and CPO’ are prerequisites for an organization’s product success. However, they can slowly dissipate when the organization is on a growth trajectory. Marty Cagan delves into multiple product management topics, from strategy, vision, and ethics, to the ways of working on a recent podcast. Additionally, Lenny Rachitsky interviews Alex Hardiman, the Chief Product Officer at the New York Times, for example, about the background of the Wordle acquisition.

Finally, we use a well-known Indian parable to point at three anti-patterns when using data, from rejecting ‘unfitting’ data to not turning disagreements into learnings. Moreover, we highlight the criticality of developing ‘inclusive mindsets to understand your own perspectives, the perspectives of others, and how they influence collaboration in design.’ Lastly, W.B. explores fundamental limitations to A/B tests that many businesses fail to consider—with possibly grave consequences.

Food for Agile Thought #369: Joy of Agility, CEOs and Product Leaders, Team Change is Inevitable, Product Data Mistakes — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: The Joy of Agility

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Jason Knight and Heidi Helfand: 🎙 Team Change is Inevitable—What’s Important is How we Respond to It

Jason Knight interviews Heidi Helfand about team change, its inevitability, and how dynamic reteaming may support dealing with change.

Jason Yip (via Medium): Some thoughts on decision making

Jason Yip believes that ‘how decisions are made is more important than who makes them.’

John Zeratsky (via Medium): The Risk Roadmap

John Zeratsky suggests that startups should have a risk roadmap, a plan for what they need to learn, from de-risking their organization to techniques used.

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🎯 Product

Ken Norton: CEOs and Product Leaders

Ken Norton notices that ‘strong alignment and candid communication between a CEO and CPO’ are prerequisites for an organization’s product success. However, they can slowly dissipate when the organization is on a growth trajectory.

Marty Cagan (via Mind The Product): 🎙 Product Vision and Strategy

In this podcast, Marty Cagan delved into multiple product management topics, from strategy, vision, and ethics, to the ways of working.

Lenny Rachitsky and Alex Hardiman: 🎙 An inside look at how the New York Times builds product

Lenny Rachitsky interviews Alex Hardiman, the Chief Product Officer at the New York Times, for example, about the background of the Wordle acquisition.

📯 Scrum Tools and Practices to Enhance an Incomplete Framework, Part 1

“The Scrum framework is purposefully incomplete, […].” (Source.) This half-sentence is probably one of the more often misinterpreted statements of the Scrum Guide. On the one side, it defines the necessity to enhance Scrum with other practices and tools. On the other side, it is the reason that so many attempts to practice Scrum are simply botched, resulting in ScrumBut versions of epic diversity. So, let’s look at proven Scrum tools and practices enhancing a purposefully incomplete framework without defying or negating its first principles.

Please note that the following Scrum tools and practices list is not complete. Please feel free to add more suggestions by commenting.

Scrum Tools and Practices to Enhance an Incomplete Framework — Age-of-Product.com

Learn more: Scrum Tools and Practices to Enhance an Incomplete Framework, Part 1.

🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Julie Zhuo (via Medium): The Blind Men, the Elephant, and the 3 Data Mistakes

Julie Zhuo uses a well-known Indian parable to point at three anti-patterns when using data, from rejecting ‘unfitting’ data to not turning disagreements into learnings.

(via IDEO U): How to Get Started with Inclusive Design

Coe Leta Stafford and Nusrat Ahmed point to the criticality of developing ‘inclusive mindsets to understand your own perspectives, the perspectives of others, and how they influence collaboration in design.’

Senior PowerPoint Engineer (Not Parody): Caveats and Limitations of A/B Testing at Growth Tech Companies

W.B. explores fundamental limitations to A/B tests that many businesses fail to consider—with possibly grave consequences.

🎶 Encore

John Cutler: The problem with outcomes vs outputs, problems vs. solutions, opportunity

John Cutler talks about the dichotomy in product development.


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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #368: Successful Product Development, Gracefully Firing People, Mental Models to Help Kill Projects, Dysfunction Mapping.

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