Age of Product's Food for Thought of July 3rd, 2016—shared with 3,132 peers—starts with a video on how Spotify is scaling agile engineering, before we move on to dealing with problems of all kind: organizational debt, dysfunctional teams, and how to manage continuous delivery to legacy organizations.
We then explore the secrets of great teamwork, why movies like “Oceans 11” or “The Italian Job” can be watched for professional reasons, and how to scale the role of the product owner along the life-cycle of a product.
We also dive deep into the lean startup methodology, namely into “product/market fit” and the “minimum viable product”.
Last, but not least, we learn what basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain has to do with agile transition, and that solving problems with the tools at hand rather than inventing new solutions from scratch can be a license to print money. Have a great Sunday!
(via Revisionist History): The Big Man Can’t Shoot
Malcom Gladwell talks in this podcast about the basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain and introduces the listener to the psychology of social thresholds and peer pressure, and how these may effect the success of your agile transition.
Harvard Business Review): WhatsApp Grew to One Billion Users by Focusing on Product, Not Technology(via
Laurent-Pierre Baculard, the Digital practice lead at Bain & Company for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, on the real story of WhatApp’s success: It was more about solving problems with the tools at hand than inventing new solutions from scratch.
Scaling Agile & Scrum
Scaling Agile development at Spotify:
Juan Serruya, Mobile Engineering Manager at Spotify at mDevCamp 2016, on how Spotify is scaling software engineering.
Untangling the Organizational Hairball:
Jason Little on the difficulties to change enterprise scale organizations, and whether we can use a framework, operating model or method to ensure successful change.
Zen Ex Machina): Dealing with Dysfunction(via
Matthew Hodgson shares his experience of applying couples counseling patterns to manage team conflicts.
Made Tech): 8 ways to get things done in big organisations(via
David Winter shares his experience as a software developer of what happens, when a small agile entity delivers software continuously to a large legacy organization.
How to change faster than the competition:
Josef Langerman on an organization’s only sustainable competitive advantage — learning faster than the competition —, and to employ it.
Harvard Business Review): The Secrets of Great Teamworkand (via
Mark Mortensen, professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, on today’s core set of fundamentals for group collaboration.
Product & Lean
Mind The Product): Building Happy Product Teams like Heist Teams(via
Laura Klein shares some of her insights from the research for her new book “Building Better Products” into what makes happy product teams, and how surprisingly close they come to those heist teams we see in movies like “Oceans 11” or “The Italian Job”.
How to Scale the Scrum Product Owner:
Roman Pichler on the theory and practice of the product owner, when a single PO will suffice, and that managing a larger, complex product is usually a shared effort.
You want more than product/market fit:
Justin Jackson on the holy grail of building a product — getting to product/market fit —, and why this concept is not painting the whole picture, particularly for startups.
116: Minimum Viable Products: How to find out fast if your idea is legitand :
Hiten Shah and Steli Efti take a close look at the concept of the Minimum Viable Product, aka the “MVP”, and what it means and how to apply it to your business.
Intercom): How we accidentally invented Job Stories(via
Paul Adams on the most powerful thing you can understand when building a product: What is the motivation behind people’s actions?