Age of Product’s Food for Thought of August 14th, 2016—shared with 3,929 peers—finally explains why Scrum sucks, sort of, and whether agile is really about change. We learn to better understand Scrum aficionados, and that we have had so far a completely twisted understanding of technical debt.
We also learn how to build teams that can cope with today’s complexity, and that we should avoid falling for the innovator’s bias. The good news is, though, that poker is great training for product management. (I knew it…)
We then dive deep into product roadmap strategies, and that the senior leadership needs to embrace Steve Blank, too, and get out of the building to test new ideas.
Last, but not least, we revisit the state of holacracy at Zappos.com, and get a better understanding of what companies can learn from the human immune system to last at least a century. Enjoy a great Sunday!
Agile & Why Scrum Sucks
Why I'm not a big fan of Scrum:
Ulaş Türkmen, Berlin-based developer, provides a detailed analysis on why Scrum—in his eyes—is an overrated process to develop software that ultimately leeds to micro-management.
Is agile really all about being able to change?:
Leon Tranter on the common notion that on an agile project, we can do whatever we like: Change direction, change product, change focus. Change our scope, change our timelines, change our priorities, right?
Scrum.org): What Does This Retweet Tell Us About Agile and Scrum?(via
Dan Sloan shares his two most important take-aways from Agile 2016: a) The misconception that Scrum is a problem solving framework (while it is really good at finding problems), and b) that in a culture of fear, no fancy practice or process will bear fruit in the end.
Scrum.org): What Connects You To Scrum?(via
Barry Overeem shares feedback from the retrospective with the participants of the 5th Scrum Day Europe, this time concerning the question “What connects you to Scrum?”. Spoiler alert: The #1 reason is about addiction.
First Round Capital): Forget Technical Debt — Here's How to Build Technical Wealth(via
Andrea Goulet, software remodeling evangelist and CEO of Corgibytes, shares her view that startups need to shift their mindset away from paying down debt toward building technical wealth, and away from tearing down old code toward deliberately remodeling it
Medium): Designing Modern Teams(via
David J Bland, CEO of Precoil, on how to create cross-functional, dedicated, data-driven, customer centric, and diverse teams, that get the job done.
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
Love the Problem, Not Your Solution:
Ash Maurya on the oldest pre-disposition of entrepreneurs and makers: The “Innovator’s Bias”, this very personal need to love their own solution more than the problem they want to solve.
Harvard Business Review): Know Your Customers’ ‘Jobs to Be Done’(via
Clayton Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor at Harvard Business School, analyzes why many organizations have unwittingly designed innovation processes that produce inconsistent and disappointing outcomes.
Roadmunk Blog): How poker helps you win at product management(via
Latif Nanji, CEO of Roadmunk, shares his take on the similarities between poker and product. As we know, both require endurance, risk calculation and chill under pressure. But he also shares some of the other, less-obvious facets of poker that have shape his career in product.
Strategyzer): Webinar Replay: How To Get Senior Leaders Out Of The Building To Test Ideas(via
Alex Osterwalder and ‘Moments of Impact’ author Lisa Kay Solomon discuss in this webinar replay the importance of senior leadership interacting with customers to validate new business ideas.
pendo.io): Why Good Product Managers Practice Roadmap Strategyand (via
John Cutler interviews Jim Semick of ProductPlan. Jim details his views on how to build your strategy chops, and using accessible roadmaps that stress vision and adaptation rather than being a prescriptive list of epics and features.
This Is Product Management): Rallying Stakeholders is Product Managementand (via
Nis Frome interviews Joe Lalley, Digital and Social Strategy Director at PwC, who shares how to align stakeholders and make the case for key product decisions based on his experience building PwC’s homepage.
Zappos: Customer and employee experience, culture and holacracy:
Adrian Swinscoe interviews Rob Siefker, Senior Director of Customer Service Operations at Zappos.com, about the School of Wow at Zappos Insight, what Wow service means to Zappos.com, and how employees experience holacracy.
TED Talks): How to build a business that lasts 100 years(via
Martin Reeves, Director of the BCG Henderson Institute—BCG's think tank for new ideas in strategy and management—, shares startling statistics about shrinking corporate life spans and explains how executives can apply six principles from living organisms to build resilient businesses that flourish in the face of change.