Age of Product’s Food for Thought of March 27th, 2016 covers why Agile is dead, and why you shouldn’t hire product managers. A16Z general partner Lars Dalgaard explains how to scale a company and its culture, and that it’s possible to run 12 user tests per week, and design has an impact on technology in Silicon Valley.
We talk about how to tackle technical debt, what Peter Drucker means for Scrum, and that Agile is at least causing problems.
Apropos problems: #34 provides tips for better backlog refinement and sprint planning events, points to a great poster on Agile coaches/ Scrum masters, and reports in the increasing troubles of on-demand startups. And finally, we talk about Jeff Bezos’ leadership principles.
Product & Lean
Medium): This Is Why I Never Hire Product Managers(via
David shares his learnings on how to best hire product managers. (Spoiler alert: Don’t hire people that previously worked as product managers.)
Andreessen Horowitz): a16z Podcast: Scaling Companies… and Cultureand (via
Ben interviews a16z general partner Lars Dalgaard about SuccessFactors, one of the earlier software-as-a-service companies.
How a Small Team Iterated Rapidly by Running Up to 12 User Tests Per Week:
Edmond shares a success story from Quip on continuous user testing with a small team and an insanely high user testing cadence.
(via Kleiner Perkins): Design in Tech Report 2016
Kleiner Perkins provides the latest trend report on the impact of design on technology in Silicon Valley.
First Round Capital): Shims, Jigs and Other Woodworking Concepts to Conquer Technical Debt(via
Kimber deconstructs technical debt and offers woodworking techniques that will better help you manage it.
Agile & Scrum
Agile For All): Peter Drucker’s view is integral to the values of Scrum(via
Agile Bob on the importance of decade old views for agile principles.
Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principles of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration.
Medium): More Agile, More Problems(via
Steven shares 21 practical issues he's experienced so far working on agile projects—a comprehensive list of familiar agile anti patterns.
Agile is Dead:
Dave on the bleak outlook of ‘Agile’ — the video was recorded at the GOTO Amsterdam 2015 conference.
Scrum Alliance): 5 Tips to Optimize Backlog Refinement(via
Marco shares his remedy to counter overly long sprint planning meetings.
Teams Don't Need to Think of Everything During Sprint Planning:
Mike advocates to consider allocating ‘unplanned time” in each sprint planning to deal with issues that will be discovered during the upcoming sprint.
Refactoring: 4 Key Principles:
Mishkin shares his take on refactoring—refactor or go out of business—from an engineering perspective.
Tasks of an Agile Coach as poster:
Sebastian explains the tasks of an Agile Coach or ScrumMaster in 8 sections and with 31 stickman pictures. The poster-file is available for free.
The New York Times): The Uber Model, It Turns Out, Doesn’t Translate(via
Farhad reports on the increasing stress on on-demand startups beyond the mother of all on-demand services: Uber.
Fortune): How Jeff Bezos Became a Power Beyond Amazon(via
Adam provides a lengthy, yet worthwhile profile of Amazon's founder and his leading principles.