TL; DR: Building Products without Value — Food for Agile Thought #383
Welcome to the 383rd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 37,076 peers. This week, Jeff Patton attempts to explain why organizations “irrationally and addictively” build products without value. In addition, we address a controversial topic that might help alleviate the “no real value” problem: writing good code requires more technical skills; Developers also need to talk to their customers. Also, improving Product Backlog management in Scrum might support avoiding becoming focused on merely shipping stuff.
Then, we present a “set of principles, practices, and competencies” that together represent the best tech-powered companies’ way of working, bolstered by a “list of potentially helpful questions (and multiple-choice answers) to help you explore the ideas, strategies, opportunities, problems, bets, initiatives, and projects on your roadmap.” Moreover, should you consider turning your service business into a product, you don’t want to miss a podcast with “Productize” author Eisha Armstrong.
Finally, we share experts’ insight into Spotify’s approach to learning about a Squad’s health. Speaking of team health, we also reflect on why answering Scrum’s obsolete three Daily Scrum questions negatively influences your team and share a framework to “meet conversational stuckness and tensions at the appropriate level.” Lastly, we dive into an interesting question: Is it still form follows function in the digital space?
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Building Products without Value
Underpants gnomes, Outcomes, and Intermittent Reinforcement – Help Your Organization Focus on Successful Outcomes:
Jeff Patton attempts to explain why organizations “irrationally and addictively build and release products that often have no real value.”
🍋 The Lemon of the Week
We are lemon-free this week!
➿ Agile & Scrum
A Really Common Problem:
Liz Keogh delves into Product Backlog management in Scrum and how to avoid becoming focused on merely shipping stuff.
Talking to customers is not a waste of a developer's time:
Jeff Gothelf addresses a controversial topic and claims that writing good code requires more technical skills: you also need to talk to your customers.
(via Spotify Engineering): Getting More from Your Team Health Checks
Justin Kotzé and Fiona Siseman explain Spotify’s approach to learning about a Squad’s health.
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Silicon Valley Product Group): The Product Model(via
Marty Cagan presents a “set of principles, practices, and competencies” that together represent the best tech-powered companies’ way of working.
(Roadmap Item) Questions:
John Cutler created a “list of potentially helpful questions (and multiple-choice answers) to help you explore the ideas, strategies, opportunities, problems, bets, initiatives, and projects on your roadmap.”
🎙 The Seven Deadly Mistakes of Productizationand :
Jason Knight interviews Eisha Armstrong on what to avoid when turning your service business into a product.
📯 The Three Daily Scrum Questions Won’t Die — Making Your Scrum Work (29)
The Daily Scrum serves a single purpose: inspecting the progress toward the Sprint Goal by reflecting on yesterday’s learning. Then, if the need should arise, the Developers adapt their plan to accomplish the Sprint Goal. While the theory may be generally accepted, applying the idea to the practice is more challenging. One of the recurring issues is the continued popularity of the “three Daily Scrum questions” from the Scrum Guide 2017.
Let’s reflect on why answering these obsolete Daily Scrum questions negatively influences the Scrum team.
🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
RebootHQ): I-We-It: A Framework To Have One Conversation at a Time(via
Allison Schultz shares a framework to “meet conversational stuckness and tensions at the appropriate level.”
ProdPad): Product Designer vs Product Manager: What's the Difference?(via
Janna Bastow dives into an interesting question: Is it still form follows function in the digital space?
📺 WIP, Multi-Tasking, Context Switching (Video):
John Cutler shares an 8-minute practice session on improving flow and productivity.
Productivity and Bullshit:
Dror Poleg claims that “technology creates more work. More work creates technology. But the way it does so is increasingly unclear.”
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