TL; DR: Amazon Product Management Framework — Food for Agile Thought #394
Welcome to the 394th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 46,957 peers. This week, we start with exploring the Amazon product management framework, a 10-step process. Moreover, we assess the state of ethics in agile coaching and apply Goldratt’s idea that a business aims to make money now and in the future to Scrum. Moreover, Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson interviewed Jim Highsmith, one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, and we explore a magic technique to turn a boring Retrospective into an outstanding one.
Then, we reflect on the trend in product development of dropping the dogma and seeking what works, sharing an excellent primer on a problematic strategic decision with an often underestimated importance for your business to get you going. Speaking of what works for you: Lenny Rachitsky interviewed Gustav Söderström, Co-President, CPO, and CTO at Spotify, on what has worked for them.
Finally, we attempt to debunk the original findings of Dunning and Kruger, claiming that the actual effect is that “everyone thinks they are better than average.” We also dip into the meaning of IKIGAI and share a comprehensive essay mapping the similarities and differences between Sociocracy and Holacracy. Lastly, we point to research by the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, shedding “light on what it takes for people to get comfortable with machine learning.”
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: The Amazon Product Management Framework
(via Medium): 10-Step Product Management Cycle
Ryan Lysne aggregates Amazon’s product management process into a 10-step framework.
🍋 The Lemon of the Week—From the Archives
TechBeacon): Why Scrum sucks(via
Steven A. Lowe hopes that we can learn from and prevent future disasters like Scrum.
➿ Agile & Scrum
Ethics — Front and Center…Again!:
Robert Galen revisits his 2022 assessment of the ethical focus of the primary agile certification and influencing bodies and asks: have they improved?
(via Medium): Applying Goldratt’s ‘The Goal’ to Your Scrum Team: Maximizing Efficiency and Profitability
Alexander Hilton applies Goldratt’s idea that a business aims to make money now and in the future to Scrum.
🎙 No Nonsense Agile Podcast: Jim Highsmith — From the Wild West to Agile and Beyond:
Murray Robinson and Shane Gibson interview Jim Highsmith, one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, on various topics.
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Medium): Product Pricing Strategies 101(via
Paweł Huryn shares an excellent primer on a problematic strategic decision with an often underestimated importance for your business, from considering product strategy to running experiments.
Medium): The Rise of Product-led Transformations(via
Ant Murphy reflects on the trend of dropping the dogma and seeking what works.
🎙 Lessons from scaling Spotify: The science of product, taking risky bets, and how AI is already impacting the future of musicand :
Lenny Rachitsky interviews Gustav Söderström, Co-President, CPO, and CTO at Spotify.
📯 Retrospective Facilitation: A Simple Hack to Go from Good to Great
The magic technique to turn a boring Retrospective into an outstanding Retrospective is the rotation of the facilitator role equally among all team members. Check out the following ten benefits of this Retrospective facilitation practice, from boosting learning and skill development to ensuring continuity to encouraging ownership.
🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
(via Scientific American): The Dunning-Kruger Effect Isn’t What You Think It Is
Eric C. Gaze attempts to debunk the original findings of Dunning and Kruger, claiming that the actual effect is that “everyone thinks they are better than average.”
(via Management 3.0): What IKIGAI means for the Japanese: a personal reflection
Kumiko Sugiyama surveyed 100-plus people on their IKIGAI—purpose of life—from resilience to personal benefits.
Sociocracy For All): Sociocracy and Holacracy: Sameness and differences(via
Ted Rau shares a comprehensive essay mapping the similarities and differences between the two self-governance systems.
(via HBS Working Knowledge): What Makes Employees Trust (vs. Second-Guess) AI?
Rachel Layne shares research by the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, shedding “light on what it takes for people to get comfortable with machine learning.”
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