TL; DR: Avoiding Product Waste — Food for Agile Thought #382
Welcome to the 382nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 36,960 peers. This week, we explore the best approaches to avoiding product waste. Also, drawing ideas from prolific experts in the field of complexity like Dave Snowden, John Cutler provides an easy ‘entry point into a discussion about complexity [and] complex systems.’ Dealing with complexity eases when an organizational culture guarantees psychological safety. We share four ways of safely creating teams, two based on trust and two based on respect. Lastly, our weekly ChatGPT dose addresses the typical workload of a Scrum Master.
Then, we share insights into metrics of Duolingo’s long game of building a product user love and share voluntarily. Moreover, Teresa Torres dives into the results of the first Continuous Discovery Habits survey and shares outstanding results; for example, shifting from outputs to outcomes. (Pair that one with Cori Widen’s article on the pitfalls of continuous discovery research.) Also, Jiaona Zhang, teaching Stanford’s graduate-level product management course, discusses careers.
Finally, we speculate on why some reject a highly successful practice: the Double Diamond. Is it just a personal agenda? Additionally, we share a primer on best employing ChatGPT for user research, from competitor analysis to defining key metrics to reaching the target audience for insights. Speaking of which: DAIR.AI created a ‘new prompt engineering guide that contains all the latest papers, learning guides, lectures, references, and tools related to prompt engineering.’
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Avoiding Product Waste
How to Prevent Product Wasteand :
Michael Mace interviews Rich Mironov on the best approaches to avoid building stuff no one wants.
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➿ Agile & Scrum
Fixing Messy Problems:
Drawing ideas from prolific experts in the field of complexity like Dave Snowden, John Cutler provides an easy ‘entry point into a discussion about complexity [and] complex systems.’
A Critique Of ‘You're Doing Agile Wrong’:
‘Scrum is not Agile’ — Andrew Michael Miller believes that the video’s creator is far too idealistic in their approach.
What Makes A Psychologically Safe Team?:
David Burkus shares four ways of building psychologically safe teams, two based on trust and two based on respect.
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(via Duolingo Blog): Meaningful metrics: How data sharpened the focus of product teams
Erin Gustafson shares insights into metrics of Duolingo’s long game of building a product user love and share voluntarily.
Insights from the CDH Benchmark Survey: How Are Teams Adopting Discovery Habits?:
Teresa Torres dives into the results of the first Continuous Discovery Habits survey and shares outstanding results; for example, shifting from outputs to outcomes.
First Round Capital): Sweat the Details - Lessons for Mapping Out a Career in Product(via
Jiaona Zhang ‘shares candid and thoughtful advice earned from every stage of her career journey, from an early career PM to the executive role she holds now.’ (She ought to know, teaching Stanford’s graduate-level product management course.)
📯 Club Scrum: What Are You Doing all Day, ChatGPT — as a Scrum Master?
A few years ago, I ran a survey to figure out what Scrum Masters serving a single Scrum team do all day. Now that we have a new kid, pardon: a new LLM, on the block, I reran the old questionnaire: Club Scrum: What Are You Doing all Day, ChatGPT — as a Scrum Master?
Based on the survey results from 2018, the normalized total amount of time spent on Scrum events, educating themselves, or coaching teammates and stakeholders, respectively, was approximately 12 hours per week, which leaves a lot of room for dealing with impediments.
Read on and learn what ChatGPT considers to be a typical workload. (Excluding the removal of impediments.)
🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
Medium): Why People Keep Attacking the Double Diamond(via
Malcolm Ryder speculates on why some reject a highly successful practice. Is it just a personal agenda?
(via Dovetail): The pitfalls of continuous discovery research (and how to avoid them)
Cori Widen reflects on continuous discovery’s current popularity, particularly with stakeholders, and points to the fallacy of believing it might be sufficient for all user research needs.
There is a misconception that continuous discovery research doesn’t require actual analysis methodology and that every user touch point offers actionable insights; this can lead to misleading results and poor decision-making.
Using ChatGPT for User Research:
Nick Babich wrote a primer on best employing ChatGPT for user research, from competitor analysis to defining key metrics to reaching the target audience for insights.
(via DAIR.AI): Prompt-Engineering-Guide: Guide and resources for prompt engineering
DAIR.AI created a ‘new prompt engineering guide that contains all the latest papers, learning guides, lectures, references, and tools related to prompt engineering.’
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