Age of Product’s Food for Thought of March 20th, 2016 covers how to get out of the feature bloat epidemic, Intercom’s product prioritization rules, and how to spot a problem worth solving.
Also: How to use basic psychology to build a customer base, product management at the enterprise level, how to tame engineers—a 12 min crash course, scaling agile with LeSS, and the 9th Annual State of Agile™ Survey. Speaking of which: is agile costing too much? And how do we spot new technology trends? And why will blockchain change the billions of lives?
The Sunday Essays
Andreessen Horowitz): Hunting What’s Next in High Tech(via
Saku shares best practices how to spot important ideas for new technologies when those ideas come from the fringes.
FastCoExist): How The Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Going To Change The Lives Of The Bottom Billion(via
Ben on why blockchain will create huge benefits for the world's poorest people, from financial access to property rights to controlling their identities.
Medium): Silicon Valley’s Unchecked Arrogance(via
In its mind, Silicon Valley creates the future, while the rest of the world will soon become the “idle class.” What if they instead helped people build wealth for themselves?
Product & Lean
This Is Product Management): The Build Trap is Product Managementand (via
Melissa and Mike discuss how to balance getting to market quickly with validating that there’s demand for what you’re building, the importance of focusing on outcomes rather than outputs, and how to squash a poor performing featur
Intercom): RICE: Simple prioritization for product managers(via
Sean introduces RICE – the four factors Intercom uses to evaluate each project idea: reach, impact, confidence, and effort.
Medium): The product before the business(via
Bram on product discovery: how to get an idea of viable product—what pain will it solve—before start building it.
First Round Capital): Build Your User Base with These Human Behavior Hacks(via
People are unpredictable. And they are animals—use that psychological truth for your advantage and build a customer base.
Medium): Product Management for the Enterprise(via
Blair outlines the different product management requirements for enterprise products by comparison to their hip B2C counterparts
Stanford ECorner): A More Tactical Way to Prototype(via
Alberto on the challenge of knowing if what you’re building is exactly what customers want before you’ve blown all that capital on hiring top talent and building the actual product
Mind The Product): Product Managers: Don’t just Build Products – Build Bridges(via
Nikki’s post on overcoming the organizational silos when building products by including not just product development, but also sales, marketing, customer success and customer service
Agile, Scrum & LeSS
Medium): How To Tame Engineers, Be A Rockstar, and Ship ****ing Product(via
John provides a complete agile and product management training in a single blog-post—the best invested 12 min of your career!
InfoQ): LeSS of a Story: An Introduction to Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)(via
An hour long video with Bas, introducing the LeSS framework, how it was created and how it works: Scrum & LeSS.
(via Version One): The 9th Annual State of Agile™ Survey
Recommended reading: Free download of Version One's 2015 edition of its great survey.
More companies—and bigger companies—are scaling and embracing agile as part of the larger vision to deliver software faster, easier, and smarter.
The most important lesson to improve software delivery:
Gojko on how important it is to spend time observing people actually using the software that we were building
Scrum Alliance): Conservatives, Liberals, and Agilists(via
Michael on three categories of people in organizations, that—by his observation—tend to fall into during the agile adoption process.
Conservatives are the folks who protect their turf and are loyal to a traditional culture. Conservatives are set in their ways and not interested in change. They will most likely resist Agile. The words empowerment, self-organization, and flexibility tend to make them cringe.
Medium): Is Agile Costing You Too Much?(via
David looks at an alternative path to agility and identifies the problems that are evident in the market with Agile methods and their adoption, particularly at enterprise level.