Food for Agile Thought #376: Product Team Performance, Injustice at Work, How to Lead Complexity, ChatGPT Prompts for Scrum

TL; DR: Product Team Performance — Food for Agile Thought #376

Welcome to the 376th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 36,564 peers. This week, we listen to our two product heavyweights, Lenny Rachitsky and John Cutler, delving into the performance of product teams. We continue with suggesting abandoning the popular framing that Waterfall is the opposite of Agile and that moving from one to the other requires a transformation, and identify four roles, at least one which you will play in a moment of injustice: person harmed, upstander, the person who caused harm, or leader. Moreover, we learn how a major Toyota program was saved by descaling and applying Scrum.

Then, we enjoy Marty Cagan sharing his approach to how teams and companies “can best deal with the challenges of complexity.” Also, we explore “three popular models for product teams,” and point to stakeholder alignment factors, from not trapping yourself to not confusing roadmaps with release plans to treating stakeholders as customers. Moreover, the ProdPad folks compiled a comprehensive list of questions your team may engage in identifying what is worth building.

Finally, Petra Wille shares the first findings from her 2022 survey into what drives thriving communities of practices for product people. Next, JTBD Toolkit released the JTBD Canvas 2.0, and there are new ChatGPT prompts for Scrum Masters, Product Owners, and Developers. Lastly, Tami Reiss has a candid conversation with Rich Mironov on product ethics and the corresponding responsibilities of product managers and leaders.

Food for Agile Thought #376: Product Team Performance, Injustice at Work, How to Lead Complexity, ChatGPT Prompts for Scrum — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Product Team Performance

Lenny Rachitsky and John Cutler: 🎙 What differentiates the highest-performing product teams

Our two product heavyweights, Lenny Rachitsky and John Cutler delve into the performance of product teams.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Charles Lambdin: Agile vs. Waterfall (And Other Obfuscation)

Charles Lambdin suggests abandoning the popular framing that Waterfall is the opposite of Agile and that moving from one to the other requires a transformation.

Kim Scott (via Radical Candor): Injustice At Work: 4 Effective Ways To Respond

Kim Scott identifies four roles, at least one which you will play in a moment of injustice: person harmed, upstander, the person who caused harm, or leader.

Nigel Thurlow: How Scrum Rescued a Major Toyota Program

Nigel Thurlow shares how a major Toyota program was saved by descaling and applying Scrum.

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Marty Cagan (via Crisp): 📺 Leading Complexity with Context not Control

In this video, Marty Cagan shares his approach to how teams and companies “can best deal with the challenges of complexity.”

John Cutler: Three Product Teams

John Cutler explores “three popular models for product teams” and points to the impossibility of reducing real life into three simple models.

Bruce McCarthy (via productboard): 5 Secrets to Stakeholder Alignment on Roadmaps

Bruce McCarthy points to stakeholder alignment factors, from not trapping yourself to not confusing roadmaps with release plans to treating stakeholders as customers.

📯 ChatGPT Prompts for Scrum Masters, Product Owners, and Developers

Last week, I ran an “interview” with ChatGPT as an applicant for a fictitious Scrum Master position based on questions from Scrum Master Interview Guide. (See below.) While the overall results were broadly acceptable, I thought that changing the ChatGPT prompts might deliver better results. So, this time, I chose to present ChatGPT with three everyday scenarios based on more comprehensive prompts. Lo and behold, it worked very well.

Think twice if you still believe this technology is a fad or a toy. Instead, grab a cup of coffee and read for yourself.

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Petra Wille: What I Learned from Surveying Over 100 People About Product Communities of Practice

Petra Wille shares the first findings from her 2022 survey into what drives thriving communities of practices for product people.

Fleur Sykes (via ProdPad): The 12 Most Important Product Discovery Questions

Fleur Sykes compiled a comprehensive list of questions your team may engage in identifying what is worth building.

(via JTBD Toolkit): JTBD Canvas 2.0

JTBD Toolkit released the JTBD Canvas 2.0, a tool “to help you scope out your JTBD landscape prior to conducting field research.”

🎶 Encore

Tami Reiss and Rich Mironov: 🎙 Ethical Dilemmas in Product Management

Tami Reiss has a candid conversation with Rich Mironov on product ethics and the corresponding responsibilities of product managers and leaders.


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