Food For Thought #71: Brainless Agile, Everyone’s Agile, Speedy Agile, PM Survey 2016, UX 2017

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of December 11th, 2017—shared with 5,182 peers—offers a selection of “Agile”: from brainless agile — why is it practiced as a dumb process in most cases? —, to how to apply agile to other tasks that software creation.

We also dive deep into how you can improve the speed of product delivery, we check out the results of Mind the Product’s 2016 survey — remuneration for product managers is increasing, your’s too? —, and we get a sneak preview on UX trends of 2017.

Looking for a new PM job? Well, as we are closing in on 2017, a senior PM at Google shares tips how to ace your upcoming job interview.

Last but not least, Stanford’s ECorner provided a great video with Facebook’s vice president of product design on how to build the right features.

Enjoy a great Sunday!

Brainless Agile & Scrum

Jeff Gothelf (via Medium): Agile Doesn’t Have a Brain

Brainless Agile: Agile Doesn’t Have a Brain
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Jeff Gothelf notes that “agile”, as it’s currently being implemented in most companies, has become a “dumb” process. It doesn’t have a brain.

Matt LeMay (via Medium): Agile for Everybody: Why, How, Prototype, Iterate

Matt LeMay applies “agile” practices to everyday reports and deliverables.

Adrian Kerry: It's not the tool, it's you

Adrian Kerry analyzes the reasons why teams probably loath product backlog refinements, and suggests practices on how to engage the team members instead.

Sascha Wittig (via Zalando Technology): An Introduction to the Producer Role at Zalando

Sascha Wittig describes the role of the ‘producer’ within Zalando’s radical agility concept: a hybrid of Scrum Master, project manager, and Agile Coach.

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Product & Lean

William Gill: Good Speed: 6 ways to build product faster

Good Speed: 6 ways to build product faster
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William Gill explains the difference between speed and velocity, and shares six rules to achieve ‘good speed’.

(via Mind The Product): Bigger and Better – Product Management Survey Results 2016

Mind the Product presents the results of its 2016 survey on product management, based on the feedback of 1,200 participants.

Sachin Rekhi: Modern Project Management for Product Managers

Sachin Rekhi shares his take on the modern project management process for product managers: from the annual planning to sprints and daily stand-ups.

Andre Theus (via ProductPlan): How to Make Your Product Roadmaps More Collaborative

Andre Theus stresses the product roadmap’s mission-critical importance and details what roadmap collaboration with stakeholders is all about.

David E. Weekly (via Medium): Acing Your Product Manager Interview

David E. Weekly, senior product manager at Google and veteran of 100+ product management interviews, shares his advice on how to stand out in job interviews.

Fabricio Teixeira and caioab (via uxdesign.cc): The State of UX in 2017

Fabricio and caioab dare to predict UX Trends for 2017.

The Essential Read

Julie Zhuo (via Stanford ECorner): Julie Zhuo: How a Facebook Designer Thinks

Julie Zhuo: How a Facebook Designer Thinks
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Julie Zhuo, vice president of product design at Facebook, describes in this video how the development of new features starts with three questions: What people problem are we solving? How do we know it’s a real problem? And how will we know if we’ve solved it?