TL; DR: AI Replacing Developers — Food for Agile Thought #390
Welcome to the 390th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 46,277 peers. This week, we ask a simple question: Is AI replacing Developers a likely future? In the meantime, we delve into the importance of (software) architecture in an agile context, suggest alleviating some of the additional cognitive load developers shouldering with DevOps, and deep-dive into lessons learned on overcoming long-standing behaviors and winning hearts and minds.
Then, we suggest that as a product leader, you must ensure that you negotiate the right aspects by going beyond debating solutions and delving deeper to reach a consensus. Moreover, Itamar Gilad cautions against using generative AI to produce product management artifacts, pointing to serious tradeoffs, and Mike Cohn dissects a familiar template, looking at the “elements, advantages, and drawbacks of the three-part story template.”
Finally, we advocate using OKRs with Story Maps to support your release strategy, list positive attributes your goals should reflect, and cherish the ProductOps Manifesto. Lastly, we applaud Matt Schlicht for creating an epic intro to the latest AI trend; we might all become managers, herding bots.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: AI Replacing Developers?
Hups): Are Developers Needed in the Age of AI?(via
Henrik Kniberg discusses the emergence of generative AI and its potential implications for development teams.
🍋 The Lemon of the Week
(via Medium): When Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches Unleash Their Team Building Madness
Emil gives us an “exclusive glimpse into the bizarre world of team building, Scrum Master and Agile Coach style.”
➿ Agile & Scrum
InfoQ): Agility and Architectureand (via
Kurt Bittner and Pierre Pureur delve into the importance of (software) architecture in an agile context.
InfoQ): Dark Side of DevOps – the Price of Shifting Left and Ways to Make it Affordable(via
Mykyta Protsenko suggests alleviating some of the additional cognitive load developers are shouldering with DevOps.
Leading Agile): 📺 Building a Culture of Agility(via
Mike Cottmeyer deep-dives into lessons learned on overcoming long-standing behaviors and winning hearts and minds.
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Medium): Negotiate the Problem, Not the Solutions(via
Noa Ganot suggests that as a product leader, you must ensure that you negotiate the right aspects by going beyond debating solutions and delving deeper to reach a consensus.
On GenML, Artifacts, and Product Management:
Itamar Gilad cautions against using generative AI to produce product management artifacts, pointing to serious tradeoffs.
What Is a User Story Template and Why Does It Work So Well?:
Mike Cohn dissects a familiar template, looking at the “elements, advantages, and drawbacks of the three-part story template.”
Good Goals/Bad Goals:
John Cutler shares a fantastic list of positive attributes your goals should reflect.
Is self-management an essential building block on an organization’s path to business agility or a nice-to-have cultural twist to, for example, keep teams happy and attract new talent?
While many people, particularly at the management level, are skeptical about the concept, I am convinced that organizations need to descale and regroup around aligned, autonomous, self-managing teams in a complex environment. Ultimately, only the people closest to the customers’ problems can solve those within the given constraints while contributing to an organization’s sustainability.
Please continue reading and delve into the reasons that support self-management.
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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
OKRs and User Story Mapping:
Jeff Gothelf advocates using OKRs with Story Maps to support your release strategy.
The OKR Stack – Crushing Your Goals With The Four Square:
Michael Goitein goes full in on OKRs, combining Christina Wodtke’s work with a cadence to help your teams achieve their goals.
The Product Operations Manifesto:
Antonia Landi and colleagues created a manifesto for ProductOps.
The Complete Beginners Guide To Autonomous Agents:
Matt Schlicht created an epic intro to the latest AI trend; we might all become managers, herding bots.
Autonomous agents are programs, powered by AI, that when given an objective are able to create tasks for themselves, complete tasks, create new tasks, reprioritize their task list, complete the new top task, and loop until their objective is reached.
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