TL; DR: Spotify Product Model — Food for Agile Thought #418
Welcome to the 418th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 49,581 peers. This week, we traverse the landscape of agility in leadership: from Joakim Sundén’s ‘Autonomous Squads’ in the Spotify Product Model to Takeshi Yoshida’s facilitative leadership model. Moreover, Pim de Morree discusses Krisos’s transformational investments, while Daniele Davi offers a cautionary tale on agile adoption. We also dissect the ‘Illusion of Velocity’ in agile metrics, advocating for servant leadership and pushing past conventional metrics to embrace innovation and actual progress.
Then, John Cutler explores delivery tactics; Tiago Nogal delves into strategies against cognitive biases, and Roman Pichler shares inclusive product leadership insights. Plus, experience the ‘Product/Market Fit’ journey with Jason Cohen, from the initial customer pursuit to the overwhelming demand.
Finally, Troy Lightfoot interviews Dan Vacanti and Prateek Singh on advanced agile forecasting, while John Miller champions a Kata-style practice for revitalizing Retrospectives. Sketchplanations brings us a powerful lesson in responsibility, and Marc Randolph praises the strategic value of saying ‘no’ for entrepreneurial clarity and prioritization.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: The Spotify Product Model
Crisp): The Product Model at Spotify(via
Joakim Sundén shares insights on Spotify’s true differentiator, ‘Autonomous Squads,’ and the company’s unique approach to product leadership, inspired by Marty Cagan’s empowered team concepts.
🍋 Lemon of the Week
(via Medium): What Is Agile? A Comprehensive Guide
This week’s Lemon depicts a graphic of “Agile” that is a Waterfall wolf in Agile sheep’s clothing, missing the iterative heart and collaborative soul of proper agile practices!
➿ Agile & Scrum
Medium): Facilitating Healthy Storming(via
Takeshi Yoshida emphasizes the role of facilitative leadership in navigating teams through Tuckman’s stages for robust development and trust-building.
Corporate Rebels): Becoming Bossless: An Update On The Radical Transformation Of Our First Acquisition(via
Pim de Morree reveals how investment firm Krisos turns research into action, buying and transforming companies into self-managing, progressive workplaces with the NER approach.
Medium): Stop! Stop hiring Scrum Masters!(via
Daniele Davi warns against hiring Scrum Masters without embracing actual agile change, highlighting a clash between old habits and Scrum values.
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Loom): My 5 minute manifesto on measuring velocity, impact, "efficiency", etc. I use emojis like 🔥, 👩🏼🚒 , 💵 , and 🚀 and even add a little humor.(via
John Cutler distills the essence of agile delivery: prioritize, work small, and value feedback to fuel strategy and prevent system overload.
(via Mind The Product): Navigating biases in product management
Tiago Nogal highlights insights on cognitive biases in product management, from the Bandwagon effect to the Recency bias, advocating for strategies that promote informed, bias-aware decision-making.
Decoding Product Leadership:
Roman Pichler discusses the essential role of solid product leadership beyond job titles, offering advice for fostering inclusive and impactful leadership within product management teams.
(via Jason Cohen): Product/Market Fit: Experience & Data
Jason Cohen articulates the palpable shift to ‘Product/Market Fit’ as a transition from customer chase to demand surge, outlining its challenges and critical growth indicators.
📯 The Illusion of Velocity — The Effect of Unsuitable Practices on Agility
In this article, I explore the pitfalls of ‘The Illusion of Velocity’ in agile contexts, peeling back the layers of traditional metrics as leadership tools. Moreover, I point to the advantages gained from leadership engaging directly with teams.
Understand why servant leadership and practices like the Gemba Walks are crucial for coping with complex, adaptive environments toward actual progress. Moreover, get an idea of how to start flipping outdated hierarchies and embrace the natural rhythm of productivity and innovation.
🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
Agile Uprising): 🎙 Advanced Topics in Metrics and Predictabilityand (via
Troy Lightfoot explores advanced agile concepts with Dan Vacanti and Prateek Singh, debunking myths and offering tools for enhanced predictability in their new book “Actionable Agile Metrics For Predictability Vol II.”
Revitalizing Agile Retrospectives with Katas:
John Miller probes the inefficacy of agile Retrospectives, advocating for a deeper, Kata-style approach to foster genuine continuous improvement and learning.
(via Sketchplanations): Whose job is it?
Sketchplanations reflects on a tale of accountability, reminding us that action often falls through when left to ‘Everybody,’ ‘Somebody,’ ‘Anybody,’ and ‘Nobody.’
I Promise I’m Not Avoiding You:
Marc Randolph champions the power of ‘no’ in entrepreneurship for focus and balance, heralding it as a key to managing priorities effectively.
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|Date||Class and Language||City||Price|
|🖥 💯 🇬🇧 December 6, 2023||GUARANTEED: Hands-on Agile #57: Humble Planning: How To Make Your Plans Suck Less with Maarten Dalmijn (English; Live Virtual Meetup)||Live Virtual Meetup||FREE|
|🖥 💯 🇩🇪 December 11-12, 2023||GUARANTEED: Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German; Live Virtual Class)||Live Virtual Class||€1,299 incl. 19% VAT|
|🖥 💯 🇩🇪 December 13-14, 2023||GUARANTEED: Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (PSPO I; German; Live Virtual Class)||Live Virtual Class||€1,299 incl. 19% VAT|
|🖥 💯 🇬🇧 December 18-19, 2023||GUARANTEED: Professional Scrum Master (Advanced) Training (PSM II; English; Live Virtual Class)||Live Virtual Class||€1,299 incl. 19% VAT|
|🖥 💯 🇬🇧 Jan 23-Feb 20, 2024||GUARANTEED: Product Backlog Management Cohort Class (English; Live Virtual Class)||Live Virtual Class||€499 incl. 19% VAT|
You can book your seat for the training directly by following the corresponding links to the ticket shop. If the procurement process of your organization requires a different purchasing process, please contact Berlin Product People GmbH directly.
📺 Join 5,000-plus Agile Peers on Youtube
Now available on the Age-of-Product Youtube channel to improve learning, for example, about the Spotify Product Model:
- Hands-on Agile 54: Overcoming Common Product Backlog Management Traps with David Pereira.
- Hands-on Agile 53: An Agile Coaches Guide to Storytelling with Bob Galen.
- Hands-on Agile EXTRA: How Elon Musk Would Run YOUR Business with Joe Justice.
- Hands-on Agile 50: The Product Community of Practice with Petra Wille.
- Hands-on Agile 43: Outcome-Based Product Planning with Jeff Gothelf.
- Hands-on Agile 42: Lean Roadmapping and OKRs with Janna Bastow.
- Hands-on Agile 38: The Product Owner with Roman Pichler.
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