Food For Thought #89: Scaling Agile Is Futile, Scrum in Asia, How to Kill Features

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

Ron Jeffries: 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.

Dave Snowden: 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.

Joshua Partogi: 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.

Scott Adams: Cultural Fit

You might be too smart to work here.

Product & Lean

Steli Efti and Hiten Shah: 201: How to Kill Features in Your Product

In this episode of the Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about the process of killing features in your product.

Adam Risman (via Intercom): Airtable's Andrew Ofstad on maintaining simplicity at scale

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.

Nir Eyal (via Medium): The Morality of Manipulation

Nir Eyal points at the consumer web industry as a manipulation business based on a wave of habit-forming technologies.

Vince Law (via Hacker Noon): WTF is Strategy?

Vince Law provides a simple, yet comprehensive explanation of “strategy” as a concept.

The Essential Read

Andrew Kortina: 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.