Food for Agile Thought #424: Reimagining Agile, Product in 2024, Dual Track Agile Lessons, Bets & Roadmapping

TL; DR: Reimagining Agile — Food for Agile Thought #424

Welcome to the 424th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 49,131 peers. This week, Jim Highsmith, Jon Kern, Heidi Musser, and Sanjiv Augustine introduced the Reimagining Agile Initiative to modernize Agile practices, while our Lemon seeks advice on a ‘Junior Agile Coach summer internship.’ Jakub Svoboda discusses the implementation of Dual Track Agile in his team, and David Rodenas critiques common Agile misconceptions, advocating for a holistic approach. Lastly, Henry Stewart highlights the importance of coaching in self-managing organizations and its role in employee empowerment and growth.

Then, Marty Cagan discusses critical 2024 trends, including the impact of generative AI. Eira Hayward predicts a transformative year for product managers focusing on AI and profitability, and John Cutler explores decision-making frameworks in product roadmapping in a great essay. Moreover, Lenny Rachitsky and Judd Antin discuss evolving user research strategies. Also, Steve Portigal, in a podcast with Jason Knight, highlights the importance and methods of effective user research.

Lastly, Maarten Dalmijn reflects on improving user story creation in agile processes and Shai Yallin’s critique of reliance on estimates in software development. Also, Benjamin Huser-Berta compares Monte Carlo simulations with average-based estimates in agile forecasting and Shane Hastie’s interview with Tim Ottinger on mob programming and AI in software development.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Reimagining Agile

Jim Highsmith: Reimagining Agile Initiative Launch Group-Announcement

The launch group, comprising Jim Highsmith, Jon Kern, Heidi Musser, and Sanjiv Augustine, initiates the Reimagining Agile Initiative to update, extend, and enhance the accessibility of Agile principles to meet modern technological and industry-wide challenges.

🍋 Lemon of the Week

(via Reddit): Advice for an Incoming Agile Coach Intern?

This Week’s Lemon is about Plenty_Relief6684’s inquiry on preparing for a summer ‘Junior Agile Coach’ Internship, underscoring the misapprehension of the role’s depth and needed expertise on both sides, student and organization.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Jakub Svoboda (via gitconnected): Lessons Learned in Dual Track Agile

Jakub Svoboda delves into the implementation and results of Dual Track Agile in his team, highlighting its impact on Sprint velocity, challenges faced, and the lessons learned for optimizing team effectiveness and innovation.

David Rodenas (via Medium): This Is Not Agile. I’ll show you what is really Agile

David Rodenas challenges common misconceptions about Agile, advocating for a holistic, adaptable approach that includes all teams in a continuous, collaborative loop to embody Agile principles truly.

Henry Stewart (via Corporate Rebels): The Power of Coaching in Self-Managing Organizations

Henry Stewart underscores the significance of coaching in self-managing organizations, illustrating its role in empowering employees, fostering personal and professional growth, and creating a supportive, goal-oriented environment.

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🎯 Product

Marty Cagan (via Silicon Valley Product Group): Product Predictions 2024

Marty Cagan explores ten critical topics for the product community in 2024, from the evolving roles of product managers and leaders to the impact of generative AI on product decision-making.

(via Mind The Product): What does 2024 hold for product managers?

Eira Hayward anticipates 2024 to be a transformative year for product managers, focusing on AI integration, role evolution, profitability, and critical discussions on the discipline’s future.

John Cutler: 📖 How to think about Bets, Success Metrics, and Roadmapping

In his essay, John Cutler delves into the intricacies of bets, success metrics, and product roadmaps, offering insights on risk assessment, decision-making frameworks, and the strategic importance of metrics.

Lenny Rachitsky and Judd Antin: 🎙 The UX Research reckoning is here

Lenny Rachitsky interviews Judd Antin on his perspective on user research evolution, emphasizing business alignment, effective integration in product development, and the shift from NPS to CSAT for better feedback.

Jason Knight and Steve Portigal: 🎙 Making Sure You Make an Impact through User Research

In this pod with Jason Knight, Steve Portigal emphasizes the enduring importance of user research, exploring themes like continuous discovery, cognitive biases, impactful research strategies, and the parallels between good research practices and improv.

📯 New in 2024: Assessments, Practices, Exercises, and Tools to Help You Excel

Having just completed the Scrum Anti-Patterns Guide book, I will turn my focus to 2024 with new projects that build on the foundation laid by the book. I plan to dedicate the upcoming year to empowering agile practitioners through various new tools, workshops, and community events. The tools to help you excel will enhance your skill sets and equip you to thrive amidst professional challenges.

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Maarten Dalmijn: 11 Common Mistakes When Creating User Stories

Maarten Dalmijn highlights common mistakes in creating user stories, emphasizing their misuse in agile processes and advocating for a deeper understanding and better application of this tool in product development.

Shai Yallin: SomeEstimates

Shai Yallin critically examines the role of estimates in software development, addressing their challenges and proposing alternatives for adequate progress without reliance on detailed planning.

(via Medium): The Flaw of Averages — Comparing Monte Carlo Simulations with Estimates based on Averages

Benjamin Huser-Berta compares Monte Carlo simulations with average-based estimates in agile forecasting, demonstrating the former’s superiority in accounting for variability and risk.

🎶 Encore

Shane Hastie and Tim Ottinger (via InfoQ): Technical Excellence from the Ground Up

Shane Hastie interviews Tim Ottinger on mob programming and integrating AI tools in software development, focusing on code readability and balancing automation with human creativity.


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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #423: How to Ditch the Project Mindset, Who Rules Product, Thoughtful HIPPOs, Radical Candor.

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