Age of Product’s Food for Thought of April 30th, 2017—shared with 7,968 peers—features two heavyweight agile champions on why scaling agile is futile. We also can confirm: the further east you go the less Scrum works. Sorry, we needed to address the elephant in the room.
On the product side, we dive deep into how to kill features and why this is important for any aspiring creator of a great product. (Spoiler alert: those embrace simplicity.) We also talk about the “cigarettes” of the B2C web industry, and what it takes to get ‘lean startup’ as a concept going in an enterprise.
Lastly: we learn about the unfortunate trend of creating local maxima due to a lack of long-term thinking. Enjoy Labor Day!
Scaling Agile Is Futile & Scrum
Implications of Enterprise Focus in Scrum:
Ron Jeffries on scaling agile, SAFe & Co and Scrum Alliance generating new certificates as rapidly as their PDF formatters can produce.
SAFe: the infantilism of management:
Mr. Cynefin Dave Snowden’s notion of SAFe is simple: It seemed to be PRINCE II camouflaged in Agile language.
Scrum does not work here in Asia:
Joshua Partogi explains why agile does not work in Asian cultures where people expect to be told what to do because hierarchy is what keeps the universe working.
(via AgileConnection): 4 Balanced Metrics for Tracking Agile Teams
Joel Bancroft-Connors outlines four suitable metrics for agile teams.
You might be too smart to work here.
Product & Lean
201: How to Kill Features in Your Productand :
In this episode of the Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about the process of killing features in your product.
Intercom): Airtable's Andrew Ofstad on maintaining simplicity at scale(via
Andrew Ofstad explains why complexity slowly creeps up on product builders, and what we can do to preserve the original simplicity of a product.
(via Board of Innovation): The 9 Biggest Challenges for Corporates to implement Lean Startup
Arne Van Balen shares the nine biggest challenges for corporates to implement lean startup and 23 great best practices to tackle them.
Medium): The Morality of Manipulation(via
Nir Eyal points at the consumer web industry as a manipulation business based on a wave of habit-forming technologies.
Hacker Noon): WTF is Strategy?(via
Vince Law provides a simple, yet comprehensive explanation of “strategy” as a concept.
The Essential Read
Metrics, Incrementalism, and Local Maxima:
Andrew Kortina observes now more often a failure pattern of becoming trapped in local maxima. It is easier to identify and measure metrics for short-term wins than for long-term investments.