Food for Agile Thought #371: User Story Guide, Not all Planning Is Helpful, ROI of Product Management, Free Facilitation Resources

TL; DR: User Story Guide, Free Facilitation Resources — Food for Agile Thought #371

Welcome to the 371st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 36,352 peers. This week, we share an extensive user story guide to create successful products, covering a lot of ground from 3Cs to INVEST to 3Ws. Also, we delve into the benefits of applying principles and patterns from the team topologies concept to remote and hybrid work environments. Moreover, John Cutler busts the myth that all planning is in some way helpful when he points to nine situations where planning might not be beneficial, from planning before the last responsible moment to planning to maximize output.

Also, we appreciate a Forrester Consulting study on the benefits of taking product management seriously, including “key recommendations on making product bets with greater impact.” (Download the study for free.) Then, we analyze different scenarios you may encounter when elevating a team from feature factory workers to problem solvers and dive into the advantages of a product design philosophy popularized by Amazon: Working backward. And Petra Wille shares how to best support your team as a product coach.

Finally, we share lessons learned on how ThoughtWorks helped Etsy create a new product culture, scaling discovery and delivery. The Institute of Cultural Affairs curated an extensive repository of free learning resources for facilitators, from group facilitation methods to virtual facilitation. Lastly, Russ Roberts interviews Annie Duke on the benefits of letting go and how to avoid confusing grit with character.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Paulo Caroli: Writing User Stories and building successful products

Paulo Caroli shares an extensive guide on how to best use user stories to create successful products, from 3Cs to INVEST to 3Ws.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Eduardo da Silva and Rich Allen (via InfoQ): Enabling Effective Remote Working – Principles and Patterns from Team Topologies

Eduardo da Silva and Rich Allen delve into the benefits of applying principles and patterns from the team topologies concept to remote and hybrid work environments.

Martin Fowler and Timothy Cochran: Introducing a product delivery culture at Etsy

Timothy Cochran shares lessons learned on how ThoughtWorks helped Etsy create a new product culture, scaling discovery and delivery.

John Cutler: Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. We've all heard this. Common sense. But NO…not all planning is helpful.

John Cutler busts the myth that all planning is in some way helpful. Instead, he points to nine situations where planning might not be beneficial, from planning before the last responsible moment to planning to maximize output.

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🎯 Product

(via productboard): 📖 Study: How Investing in Product Management Pays

Forrester Consulting conducted a study on the benefits of taking product management seriously, including “key recommendations on making product bets with greater impact.” Download the study for free.

Joca Torres (via Medium): How to Turn a Feature Team into a Product Team?

Joca Torres analyzes different scenarios you may encounter when elevating a team from feature factory workers to problem solvers.

Lenny Rachitsky and Petra Wille: 🎙 How to be the best coach to product people

Lenny Rachitsky interviews Petra Wille on how to best support your team as a product coach.

📺 Engage the Agile Fluency® Model with Diana Larsen — Hands-on Agile #46

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

(via ICA:UK): 📖 Free Resources [on Facilitation and Participation]

The Institute of Cultural Affairs curated an extensive repository of free learning resources for facilitators, from group facilitation methods to virtual facilitation.

Nick Babich: Working backward: Why it is a must-have approach for product designers

Nick Babich dives into the advantages of a product design philosophy popularized by Amazon.

🎶 Encore

Annie Duke and Russ Roberts (via Econlib): 🎙 Annie Duke on the Power of Quitting

Russ Roberts interviews Annie Duke on the benefits of letting go and how to avoid confusing grit with character.


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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

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