Age of Product’s Food for Thought of August 7th, 2016—shared with 3,817 peers—lets you steal agile insights from BMW, and encourages you to redefine your attitude towards technical debt.
We also learn why the CSM certification originally was created, why public roadmaps with release dates are bordering on being moronic, and why the art of product management requires empathy. (I know, you thought that A/B testing and Analytics would suffice—sorry for breaking the bad news…)
We then dive deep into creating happiness at work, and this even seems to work in the software industry, given the lastest DZone poll among developers on agile methods.
Last, but not least, we are getting the price of our product right, at least we could fix it now, and we have an in-depth look at a place where pair programming is the norm, and not an exception. Enjoy a great Sunday!
Forbes): The Joy Of Work: Menlo Innovations(via
Steve Denning interviews Menlo Innovation’s co-founder Richard Sheridan on how they have managed to create a software company where “joy of work” is a reality, and not just a part of the company values displayed in the lobby.
Medium): A Peek Inside the Moonshot Factory Operating Manual(via
Astro Teller on [Google] X’s a single mission: to invent and launch “moonshot” technologies that they hope could someday make the world a radically better place.
Agile, Scrum & Technical Debt
DZone): Agile by Example: DriveNow(via
Henrik Mitsch, Head of IT of BMW’s car-sharing venture DriveNow, sheds in this success story a light on how DriveNow is using agile methods to develop their software.
InfoQ): Agile2016 Opening Keynote: Managing for Happinessand (via
Shane Hastie on Jurgen Appelo’s opening keynote talk at the Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta on how to create happiness in organizations. Because: Happy teams are more productive, and it’s more fun to work there.
DZone): You're Using Technical Debt Wrong(via
Doc Norton and John Esposito of DZone explain in this video what technical debt really is and how you and your team should be thinking about it, and use it to your advantage.
(via DZone): How 774 Developers Really Feel About Agile
John Esposito shares the results of a recent poll among developers how they feel about agile development and methodologies. And it seems that general feelings around agile are pretty sunny.
A product owner’s guide to writing acceptance criteria for user stories:
Kubair Shirazee provides his guide for creating great acceptance criteria for user stories.
Building an Agile Organization Part 1:
Ken Schwaber tells the story of why the original CSM Scrum certification was created—a receipt for workshop participants to claim expenses—, and how the CSM certification business got out of hand.
Summer Reading List
- Ash Maurya: Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth
- Stephen Bungay: The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions, and Results
- Daniel H. Pink: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
- L. David Marquet: Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
Product & Lean
Developing User Empathy:
Sachin Rekhi on his belief, that the best product managers excel at both the art and science of product management. In this post, he focuses on the critical aspect of the art behind product management, which is developing user empathy.
Seeking Wisdom): Why You Should Run Your Business Without Roadmaps(via
David Cancel, CEO of Drift, shares in this podcast his belief, that having public roadmaps with release dates is a bad idea, if you actually want your organization to focus on solving your customers’ real problems.
Ash Maurya finally settles for “innovation management” to label his methodology, after having spent a lot of time at the intersection of “business modeling” and “lean startup”.
First Round Capital): The Price is Right: Essential Tips for Nailing Your Pricing Strategy(via
Patrick Campbell, Price Intelligently Co-founder and CEO, deconstructs and walks through the elements of a pricing strategy to enable startups to more effectively acquire customers.
Medium): Great Products Don’t Happen By Accident(via
Jon Lax shares how to use play books for designing and building products, because creating a play book of HOW you build products is essential for every company but missing for most.
ProductPlan): How Product Managers Can Say No (and Still Get Invited to Lunch)(via
Maddy Kirsch of ProductPlan shares a few techniques for turning down stakeholder requests effectively, that even might turn them into supporters of your decision.