TL; DR: Triple Track Development, Building Trust — Food for Agile Thought #420
Welcome to the 420th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 49,687 peers. This week, Paulo Caroli introduces Triple Track Development, blending Business Strategy, Discovery, and Delivery for digital product evolution. Jacob Kaplan-Moss discusses trust-building in management, emphasizing the need for consistency and transparency. We delve into Wharton research by Peter Cappelli, revealing how excessive comfort impacts workplace performance, and Gergely Orosz examines the evolution of software backend development with insights from Joshua Burgin. Plus, we tackle the feature factory dilemma in large organizations, exploring its effects on Agile principles and strategies to overcome it.
Then, Itamar Gilad proposes a blended roadmap approach for adaptability in planning. Lenny Rachitsky interviews Melissa Perri and Denise Tilles, highlighting the significance of product operations. At the same time, Teresa Torres and Hope Gurion discuss balancing product discovery with delivery, while Marc Abraham emphasizes the importance of prioritization and saying “no” in decision-making.
Lastly, John Cutler explores systems thinking and business efficiency with Leah Tharin, and Jeff Gothelf presents a guide on designing lightweight experiments. Moreover, Christoph Roser examines the impact of overburden in manufacturing on employees and machinery. Finally, Dennis Hambeukers highlights the role of good design in fostering agility and collaboration.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Triple Track Development
Triple Track Development: Business Innovation Through Continuous Discovery and Continuous Delivery:
Paulo Caroli introduces Triple Track Development, an innovative approach combining Business Strategy, Discovery, and Delivery, reshaping digital product development and business agility.
🍋 Lemon of the Week
It is time to kill SCRUM:
In a misguided take, the author challenges Scrum’s relevance in the modern, fast-paced world, overlooking its core principles and adaptability, and suggests questionable alternatives.
➿ Agile & Scrum
How to Build Trust:
Jacob Kaplan-Moss delves into the complexities of building trust in management, emphasizing consistent, transparent actions and the importance of being good at management basics.
(via Knowledge @ Wharton): The Downside of Psychological Safety in the Workplace
The author suggests Wharton research by Peter Cappelli and his colleagues finds excessive workplace comfort can dampen performance, advocating for a balanced approach to psychological safety.
The Roots of Today's Modern Backend Engineering Practices:
Gergely Orosz explores evolving software backend development practices from virtualization to cloud computing, featuring insights from industry veteran Joshua Burgin, ex-Amazon, and now at VMware.
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Planning With Outcome Roadmaps:
Itamar Gilad debates the efficacy of classic roadmaps versus outcome-based ones in yearly planning, proposing a hybrid approach that balances goals with adaptability.
🎙 The Ultimate Guide to Product Operationsand :
Lenny Rachitsky interviews Melissa Perri and Denise Tilles on the emerging role of product operations, discussing its benefits, key responsibilities, and integration with product management.
📺 No Time for Discovery? Here’s How to Fix It.and :
Teresa Torres and Hope Gurion emphasize that product discovery doesn’t hinder delivery but should occur alongside it for optimal product development, addressing common objections to incorporating discovery into busy schedules.
Medium): My product management toolkit (20): the art of saying ‘No’(via
Marc Abraham emphasizes the importance of saying “no” in product management, focusing on prioritization, constraints, and risk management as key factors in decision-making.
📯 Escaping the Feature Factory
The feature factory fate is not inevitable; there is hope to avoid becoming a mere cog in the machinery. Learn how!
In many large organizations, Scrum teams fall into the ‘feature factory’ trap, focusing more on churning out features than creating real value. It’s too bad that this shift undermines Agile principles and hampers long-term success and innovation. Let’s discuss how and why this happens and what we can do to break the chains of the feature factory.
🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
Everything wrong with everything in a businessand :
In this pod with Leah Tharin, John Cutler delves into systems thinking, exploring the complexities of business efficiency, decision-making biases, and the balance between individual and team habits.
📺 How to Design Lightweight Experiments:
Jeff Gothelf shares a video guide on designing lightweight experiments, detailing the journey from identifying a business problem to formulating and testing hypotheses in various time frames.
What Exactly Is Overburden (Muri)?:
Christoph Roser examines the overburden concept (muri) in manufacturing, exploring its impact on employees and machinery, and emphasizes the importance of respect and resource management.
Medium): How good design enhances agility (Agile principle #9)(via
Dennis Hambeukers illustrates how good design, far beyond aesthetics, is crucial for agility, fostering collaboration, rapid prototyping, and a user-centric approach.
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Now available on the Age-of-Product Youtube channel to improve learning, for example, about Triple Track Development:
- 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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