Food For Thought #97: Abandoning Scrum, Patterns of Effective Teams, Bad Product Roadmaps

Food for Thought’s issue #97—shared with 9,483 peers—deals with abandoning Scrum in favor of Kanban, how effective teams work, and why they need psychological safety to get the job done.

We also try to understand why the people from the executive level—despite their best intentions—fail to understand agile, and what enterprise agility is all about.

On the product side, we come to understand why crappy product roadmaps still exist. (Let’s start at the requirements level, shall we?) Perhaps, a public roadmap might solve the problem, check out 50 plus of those aggregated by Federico Wengi.

Finally, we have a sneak preview at the first chapter of ‘Product Leadership’ by Martin Eriksson and Nate Walkingshaw.

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Food For Thought #96: Scrum Heroes, Flow, Agile Managers, Idea Debt, How to Say No

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of June 18th, 2017—shared with 9,329 peers—clarifies why agile is by no means a silver bullet, and why there are no Scrum heroes. (Yub, Scrum is a rockstar free zone as there is no I in ‘team.’)

We then learn about flow theory, the theory of constraints, systems thinking, as well as lead and cycle time first hand from the example of Henry Ford and the Model T.

On the product side, we come to understand that measuring of what customers want is impossible, and that ‘idea debt’ needs to eliminated to be creative. We also learn when to say and how to say no to our bosses.

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Food For Thought #95: Agile Bashing, Dark Scrum, SM Salary Report, #NoAgile for B2B Software?

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of June 11th, 2017—shared with 9,176 peers—doubts that Jeff Sutherland’s “Twice the Work in Half the Time” was helpful for the agile cause. We also join John Cutler who is growing tired of the agile bashing where agile is being made responsible for everything your organization fails at. Probably—just a thought—an agile transition needs more time than the suits were willing to allocate in their proposal to the board.

On the product side, we learn about twelve principles of running experiments, and how to gather feedback from stakeholders while avoiding that your product is caught between a rock and a hard place.

Lastly: Do you remember the workshop when you built a lego duck for the first time? We have a great story on how Lego managed to return from the brink of collapse.

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Food For Thought #94: State of Scrum Report, Agile’s Goal, Practical Experiments, Brainstorming Sucks

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of June 4th, 2017—shared with 9,041 peers—praises Scrum Alliance for the new edition of its “State of Scrum Report.” We also address the real goal of “agile,” and why running experiments is essential to get there. At an organizational level, we talk about the problem with Taylorism, and why people don’t care for what is imposed on them.

On the product side, Scott Sehlhorst defends the relevance of the product owner role, and we talk about analysis paralysis. We also appreciate the support of OK Go to help others understand why brainstorming sucks as an ideation tool.

Lastly: Mary Meeker published the “2017 Internet Trends Report”—355 pages of background information any agile practitioner should at least thoroughly browse.

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Food For Thought #93: Resilient Agile Teams, Innovation Killers, Reddit for Product Managers

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of May 28th, 2017—shared with 8,891 peers—revisits W. Edwards Deming 14 points of good (agile) management after 35 years. We also learn 40 tactics to empower resilient agile teams, we understand the importance of outcome drivenness for scaling agile successfully, and we analyze patterns of resistance of the corporate innovation process.

On the product side, it is all about identifying the right feedback by focusing on the signal and ignore the noise. We are getting skeptical about the innovation potential of personas, and we demystify Reddit as we learn how to use it for customer research.

Lastly: When was the last time that you thought a new technology is no more than a toy? Drones? You are not alone. Let Benedict Evans elaborate on the many ways and the increasing pace in which people dismiss technology.

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Food For Thought #92: The Holy Grail of Team Building, Introverts, Jeff Bezos’s Secret Sauce

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of May 21st, 2017—shared with 8,724 peers—focuses on team building. We learn how to build a team for success and how to preserve its health by fighting criticism, defensiveness, contempt, and stonewalling. We understand that teams do not disrupt industry when they are kept in functional silos and that providing too much support as a coach can be harmful.

On the product side, we dive deep into the delicate balance between product discovery and product delivery. Also, we have to overcome a long-time bias that engineers want to code and nothing but to code.

Lastly: You are interested in Jeff Bezos’ secret sauce? Read on and find out what the best transformational leaders do according to this brand-new study.

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