Food for Agile Thought #380: How ChatGPT Works, Classic Product Manager Mistakes, Why Agile Does Not Work for You, Product Delivery Success with Scrum

TL; DR: How ChatGPT Works — Food for Agile Thought #380

Welcome to the 380th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 36,747 peers. This week, we learn how ChatGPT works; Stephen Wolfram wrote an epic article essential for everyone working in the knowledge space. Moreover, we introduce a new category — 🍋 The Lemon of the Week — for pieces that get everything wrong. It would be best if you were strong for the first example; someone built a stack-ranking system for Developers based on velocity. Back to the real world: We share a simple revelation, explaining all: ‘We cannot know the value of our work until it’s done and in use.’ (Of course, everyone wants us to predict what value will be created in advance precisely; you notice the contradiction.) Also, we push back against the consensus and delve into the possibilities to overcome the ‘various hurdles keeping us from doing our best work.’

Then, we compile a comprehensive list of behavioral anti-patterns for newbies and seasoned product practitioners alike, from building your work on assumptions to falling in love with your solution. Roman Pichler addresses how to best utilize Scrum’s potential to deliver valuable Increments as a product mensch, from including product discovery to aligning stakeholders, and we put ‘forward an alternative mental model for product development: think about building a garden, not a factory.’

Finally, the Scrum Master Salary Report 2023 is out; see below. Additionally, Teresa Torres shares the result of the first Continuous Discovery Habits survey. On the tool side, we found a simple yet helpful tool identifying the key features of your product and an introductory guide on supporting your CoP to mature, from guiding principles to meeting formats.

Food for Agile Thought #380: How ChatGPT Works, Classic Product Manager Mistakes, Why Agile Does Not Work for You, Product Delivery Success with Scrum — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: How ChatGPT Works

Stephen Wolfram: What Is ChatGPT Doing … and Why Does It Work?

Stephen Wolfram shares an epic introduction to how and why large language models work—a must-read for everyone in the knowledge workspace.

🍋 The Lemon of the Week

Kevin Borders: What is Velocity Debt?

“When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.” That is Goodhart’s law. Nevertheless, Kevin Borders​ and his co-founder built a tool that allows for stack-ranking developers based on their velocity—the easiest team metric to manipulate—per Sprint.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Jon Fazzaro (via Industrial Logic): Here's why ‘Agile’ isn’t working for you

Jon Fazzaro shares a simple revelation, explaining all: ‘We cannot know the value of our work until it’s done and in use.’

Todd Kashdan (via Harvard Business Review): 🎙 The Subtle Art of Disagreeing with Your Boss

In this podcast, Todd Kashdan, a psychology professor at George Mason University, pushes back against the consensus.

Shane Parrish and Aaron Dignan (via Farnam Street): 🎙 Change The Way You Work #158

In this podcast, Shane Parrish and Aaron Dignan delve into the possibilities to overcome the ‘various hurdles keeping us from doing our best work.’

🎓 🖥 🇬🇧 Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills Class — March 23, 2023

The Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills (PSFS) training by Berlin Product People is a one-day official Scrum.org class for advanced Scrum practitioners and agile coaches, including the industry-acknowledged PSFS certification. This PSFS training class is in English.

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🎯 Product

John McDonald (via Medium): The Ten Mistakes New Product Managers Make

John McDonald compiled a comprehensive list of behavioral anti-patterns for newbies and seasoned practitioners alike, from building your work on assumptions to falling in love with your solution.

Roman Pichler: Succeeding with Product Delivery and Scrum: 10 Tips for Product People

Roman Pichler addresses how to best utilize Scrum’s potential to deliver valuable Increments as a product mensch, from including product discovery to aligning stakeholders.

Assaph Mehr (via Mind The Product): Product development: or how to turn factories into gardens

Assaph Mehr ‘puts forward an alternative mental model for product development: think about building a garden, not a factory.’

📯 The Scrum Master Salary Report 2023

The Scrum Master Salary Report 2023 is the fourth edition of the industry survey after 2017, 2019, and 2022. This free report is based on the answers of 1,143 participants globally. If you are considering a career decision this year, maybe, whether you should join the industry as a junior Scrum Master or move to a new organization or go independent, you will find the report’s information beneficial.

By the way, the average salary of the participants in the survey is US-$80,995, with a standard deviation of about US-$53,700. In the complete report, you will find more detailed information; download your copy below.

Scrum Master Salary Report 2023 — Age-of-Product.com

👉 Learn more: The Scrum Master Salary Report 2023

🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Teresa Torres: 📈 Insights from the CDH Benchmark Survey: Measuring Product and Team Performance

Teresa Torres shares the result of the first Continuous Discovery Habits survey.

Petra Wille: Rituals for Product Communities of Practice: A Round-up of Ideas & Inspiration

Petra Wille created a introductory guide on supporting your CoP to mature, from guiding principles to meeting formats.

Nick Babich: Features Audit Template

Nick Babich created a simple yet helpful tool identifying the key features of your product.

🎶 Encore

There are no articles this week in this category. However, please check out the new 🍋 category.


📅 Scrum Training & Event Schedule

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🖥 💯 🇩🇪 April 18-21, 2023 GUARANTEED: Professional Scrum Master (Advanced) Training (PSM II; German; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €1.189 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 🇩🇪 April 25-28, 2023 Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (PSPO I; German; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €1.189 incl. 19% VAT
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🖥 💯 🇩🇪 May 9-10, 2023 Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €1.189 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 🇬🇧 May 16, 2023 GUARANTEED: Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills Training (PSFS; English; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €749 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 🇩🇪 May 23-24, 2023 Advanced Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (PSPO II; German; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €1.399 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 💯 🇬🇧 May 30-31, 2023 GUARANTEED: Professional Scrum Master (Advanced) Training (PSM II; English; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €1.189 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 🇩🇪 June 13-16, 2023 Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (PSPO I; German; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €1.189 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 🇩🇪 June 21-22, 2023 Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German; Live Virtual Class) Live Virtual Class €1.189 incl. 19% VAT
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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #379: Patton’s Product Vision, Spotify Model Revisited, Design Thinking’s Failure, More Scrum Bashing.

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