Food For Thought #23: Priorities, No More Scrum, Blockchain, Agile Autonomy

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of January 10th, 2016 covers: The Kodak moment of your company, ditching Scrum for Kanban, Blockchain beyond Bitcoin, Agile autonomy at Spotify, product management best practices, say “Agile” one more time, product prioritization by the Kano model, why fin tech startups fail, and the ultimate growth guide to distribution.

Alex Osterwalder (via Strategyzer): Why Your Company Might Be About To Have A Kodak Moment

Good innovation doesn’t necessarily have to be tied to a product or technology if the value proposition creates value for your customers, and your business model creates value for the company. Good business model innovation starts with your culture. In this post we'll explain how.

Grant Ammons (via Medium): Ditching Scrum for Kanban — The best decision we’ve made as a team

Ditching Scrum for Kanban — The best decision we’ve made as a team

We still have deadlines, and we still have a strong, motivated set of engineers and team leads. Our engineers already feel intrinsic motivation for a number of reasons, but I believe it’s because we care very deeply about ensuring developer happiness.

(via Deloitte Univ Press): Beyond bitcoin: Blockchain is coming to disrupt your industry

Blockchain technology can potentially make a great many things more secure and accountable: financial transactions, micropayments, IoT applications, health records, corporate audits, and more. If you’re not up to speed on blockchain, you need to be.

Anders Ivarsson (via InfoQ): Autonomy and Leadership at Spotify

Anders Ivarsson discusses how teams are autonomous at Spotify, how they are organized in squads, chapters, tribes and guilds, and how management and leadership works in their company.

Stefan Wolpers (via Age of Product): 38 Scrum Master Interview Questions To Avoid Imposters

Don't Hiring Agile Imposters: 38 Scrum Master Interview Questions

If you are looking to fill a position for a Scrum master (or agile coach) in your organization, you may find the following 38 interview questions useful to identify the right candidate. There are derived from my ten years of practical experience with XP as well as Scrum, serving both as Product owner and Scrum master as well as interviewing dozens of Scrum master candidates on behalf of my clients.

(via First Round Capital): Top Hacks from a PM Behind Two of Tech's Hottest Products

Product management boils down to two sides of the same fence: founders or executives pushing for product changes, and the engineers and designers trying to build them.

Jackson has several other rules for these situations — best practices that span industries for PMs: Always know the current status and context, jump from small details to big picture, have moxie but don’t self-promote, be a master of influence, not authority, get decisions made,

Galina Kostetska: Say “agile” one more time

Everyone is agile nowadays. I think that even my cat knows this word. Our sales team is agile, our development teams are agile. We do daily stand-ups, why would you say we are not agile

Daniel Zacarias: Prioritization of Product Features: The Complete Guide to the Kano Model

Noriaki Kano, a Japanese researcher and consultant, published a paper in 19841 with a set of ideas and techniques that help us determine our customers’ (and prospects’) satisfaction with product features.

(via First Round Capital): The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2015

What follows is a list of the 30 most impactful, change-making pieces of advice drawn from everything we published last

Pascal Bouvier (via CB Insights): 10 Common Reasons Why Fin Tech Startups Fail

You have a great fin tech business plan. You assemble your team and create your startup. Here are ten common mistakes you should avoid if you want to have a chance to live another day.

(via Dozen Digital): The Ultimate Customer Acquisition Checklist

I have been doing customer acquisition marketing for almost 7 years, and it changes every single day. One of the most difficult (but rewarding) parts of doing digital marketing is keeping up with the latest tactics, techniques and strategies. What you'll find below is over 300 of these tactics, techniques and strategies. It is by no means comprehensive (and we still have to add more channels), but hopefully is a good starting point.

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