Food For Thought #55: 100% Scrum Master, Getting Hired, Product Squads, Unwanted Users, Jobs We Lose to AI

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of August 21st, 2016—shared with 4,036 peers—points to 15 simple phrases from great leaders that boost team engagement. Which might prove to be helpful, when Agile will break your organization.

We also learn why removing “Agile Coach” from your profile might make the resulting 100% Scrum master more authentic, and how to land your next Scrum master position in the first place. Or your dream product manager job.

We then try to weight the benefits and potential risks of Spotify’s product squad concept and finally have to admit that not every great product automatically creates great business. Speaking of which: What is also not creating a great business, is a bunch of 50% solution.

Last, but not least, we come back to the question if we will have a job in ten years from now, given the advances of machine learning, and hear from Mr. Facebook himself how to build a better tomorrow. Enjoy a great Sunday!

Agile & 100% Scrum Master

Barry Overeem: From 50% Agile Coach to 100% Scrum Master

Barry Overeem on him being authentic by removing “Agile Coach” from his profiles on LinkedIn and Twitter, and replacing it with “Scrum Master”. 100% Scrum Master.

Meghana Bendre (via Age of Product): I Am an Engineer and This Is Why I Don’t Despise Agile

Meghana Bendre, a senior engineer herself, replies to my earlier post “Why Engineers despise Agile”.

Rob Wortham: Getting Hired As A Scrum Master

Rob Wortham shares a list of ten tips and insights that hopefully will help you in your job search.

Jason Little: Why Agile Breaks Your Organization

Jason Little shares his experience why Agile breaks your organization: It tries to turn the way-things-get-done, and all the unspoken rules, into the official process.

(via Agile Alliance): Videos: Keynotes and Industry Analyst Panels from #Agile2016

The Agile Alliance provides four videos of the keynotes and industry analyst panel from the recent Agile 2016 conference—no membership required.

Summer Reading List

Product & Lean

(via ProductPlan): Can Product Squads Improve Your Agile Development Process?

Greg Goodman on the benefits and possible problems of (functional) product squads—a relatively new methodology for product development popularized by Spotify.

Des Traynor (via Intercom): Not all good products make good businesses

Des Traynor, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Intercom, on the fallacy we like to believe that if you solve a real problem with a good product, a successful software business is magically created.

Michael Seibel (via Y Combinator): Users You Don’t Want

Michael Seibel, Y Combinator partner, on users that hijack your product, and why you shouldn’t let just any user that walks in the door steer your product roadmap.

Roman Pichler: The Product Roadmap and the Release Plan

Roman Pichler explains the difference between a release plan and a product roadmap, and how the two tools fit together, so you can apply the two planning artefacts effectively.

Sachin Rekhi: How To Ace Your Product Management Interview

Sachin Rekhi shares a set of sample questions for job interviews he might ask and what he is specifically evaluating on to discern whether a candidate has potential to become a great product manager.

Christine Deakers (via mixpanel): Steven Sinofsky on product leadership

Christine Deakers interiews Steven Sinofsky, board partner at venture firm a16z and former president of Windows, on scaling product groups and lessons learned as he rose from engineer to executive at Microsoft.

Essential Reads

Anthony Goldbloom (via TED Talks): The jobs we'll lose to machines – and the ones we won't

The jobs we'll lose to machines – and the ones we won't

Anthony Goldbloom, co-founder and CEO of Kaggle, explains that machine learning isn't just for simple tasks like assessing credit risk anymore. And with these advances comes an uneasy question: Will a robot do your job in the future?

Sam Altman: Sam Altman sits down with Mark Zuckerberg to talk about how to build the future.

Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, interviews Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, on the how to build a better tomorrow.

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