Food for Agile Thought #368: Successful Product Development, Gracefully Firing People, Mental Models to Help Kill Projects, Dysfunction Mapping

TL; DR: Successful Product Development — Food for Agile Thought #368

Welcome to the 368th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 36,252 peers. This week, we delve into the importance of opportunity, output, outcome, and impact for successful product development. Moreover, we describe a step-by-step process on how to identify and subsequently also rectify dysfunctions within organizations. Then, Farnam Street points at essential leadership lessons from Michael Abrashoff’s book ‘It’s Your Ship,’ from rewarding risk-takers to skipping commend-and-control to letting go of your ego.

Also, referring to Astro Teller, CEO of Google’s moonshot factory, Annie Duke describes ways that help to kill innovation projects responsibly, and Marty Cagan defines the foundation of empowered product teams concerning customers, stakeholders, and engineers. Additionally, we advocate that using Gherkin as a notation for user stories will significantly improve communication with engineers.

Finally, Julie Zhuo lists five values of being data-informed, from accepting probabilities to setting verifiable goals, and we share an approach to answering a classic leadership question on the nature of a metric’s plunge. Also, given the turbulent week at Twitter, Lenny Rachitsky interviews Matt Mochary on how to best approach layoffs without botching the process and killing culture and innovation with one stone.

Food for Agile Thought #368: Successful Product Development, Gracefully Firing People, Mental Models to Help Kill Projects, Dysfunction Mapping — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Successful Product Development

Jeff Patton: Tension – Help your organization focus on successful outcomes

Jeff Patton delves into the importance of opportunity, output, outcome, and impact, as well as tensions and unexpected implications, for product development.

➿ Agile & Scrum

(via Medium): Dysfunction Mapping; A tool for effective Agile Coaching

Michael Lloyd describes a step-by-step process on how to identify and subsequently also rectify dysfunctions within organizations.

(via Farnam Street): Lessons on Leadership: Michael Abrashoff on Turning the Worst Ship in the Navy into the Best

Farnam Street cites essential leadership lessons from Michael Abrashoff’s book ‘It’s Your Ship,’ from rewarding risk-takers to skipping commend-and-control to letting go of your ego.

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Annie Duke (via Behavioral Scientist): Mental Models to Help You Cut Your Losses

Referring to Astro Teller, CEO of Google’s moonshot factory, Annie Duke describes ways that help to kill innovation projects responsibly.

Marty Cagan (via Silicon Valley Product Group): The Foundation of Product

Marty Cagan defines the foundation of empowered product teams concerning customers, stakeholders, and engineers.

(via Medium): Gherkin for Product Owners, or how to communicate efficiently with engineers

Alberte Mozo advocates that using Gherkin as a notation for user stories will significantly improve communication with engineers.

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Julie Zhuo (via Medium): The Data-Informed Manifesto

Julie Zhuo lists five values of being data-informed, from accepting probabilities to setting verifiable goals.

Todd Lewandowski (via Medium): Master the Classic Question: ‘What Does a Dip in the Metrics Mean?’

Todd Lewandowski shares his approach to answering a classic leadership question on the nature of a metric’s plunge.

🎶 Encore

Lenny Rachitsky and Matt Mochary: 🎙 📺 How to fire people with grace, work through fear, and nurture innovation

Lenny Rachitsky interviews Matt Mochary on how to best approach layoffs should those become inevitable.


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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #367: The Power of Working Together, Product Leadership, No Learning w/o Closing Loops, Decisions under Complexity — Age-of-Product.com.

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