Food For Thought #84: Half-Arsed Agile, Hollary and Scrump, SM or Coach, Crappy PM Jobs

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of March 26th, 2017—shared with 7,083 peers—provides you with proven techniques to avoid “half-arsed” agile, draws the line between Scrum Master and Agile Coach, and invites you to listen to Hollary and Scrump. Yub, make Scrum great again.

On the product side, Melissa Perri helps you to identify crappy product management jobs in advance, and Marty Cagan gives away his favorite PM interview question. Also, Ideo shares six insights that help you crack innovation.

Lastly: We enjoy a two-hour long podcast on self-organization, empowerment, and entrepreneurship with Ricardo Semler & Mr. Ferriss. (Perfect for the gym, accounting, or cooking. I tried all three of those.)

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Food For Thought #83: Agile Coach or Scrum Master, Scrum Master Hacks, PM v. PO, Radical Candor

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of March 19th, 2017—shared with 6,872 peers—answers the question whether you’re a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, or both. We like Mike Cohn’s free user story training class to avoid user story smells. And if you have no clue how to pull off a sticky without making it curl, we can help with that, too.

On the product side, Des Traynor of Intercom provides hands-on advice where to allocate blood, sweat, and tears. And, by the way, you’re not the CEO of the product. Sorry. But probably you’re a Product Owner and not a product manager. Roman Pichler provides some insight on this discussion.

Lastly: How radical candor builds kick-ass teams, and what superstars and rock stars have got to do with it.

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Food For Thought #82: Agile Frameworks, Culture Change Failures, Ruthless Prioritization, Growth Religion

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of March 12th, 2017—shared with 6,758 peers—dips into agile frameworks, and organizational aspects of culture, and how the first usually fail to change the latter. We also learn how to make working in distributed teams suck less.

On the product side, we dive deep into how to apply Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle to chart a new idea or venture, we learn why rigorous, and ruthless prioritization is king, and that embracing bad product ideas can lead to insights that allow creating something people love.

Lastly: David Heinemeier Hansson of Basecamp reflects on Silicon Valley’s religion of growth at all costs.

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Food For Thought #81: Agile Middle Management, No CEO, Mental Models, Innovator’s Dilemma

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of March 5th, 2017—shared with 6,621 peers—focuses on the subtlety of transitioning organizations to agile ways of working. Jurgen Appelo believes in shapeshifter like flexibility, we unbundle our usual nemesis, the “agile” middle management, and we borrow some insights from Crisp’s decision to go without a CEO.

On the product side, we dive deep into handling the “we know what build syndrome,” and recall the learnings from the innovator’s dilemma and minimum viable product concepts. And we learn to stop fooling ourselves by acknowledging that we are caught in mental models.

Lastly: Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains why we so often sabotage ourselves – despite knowing better.

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Food For Thought #80: Brilliant Jerks Kill Agile Culture, Slicing User Stories, Prototyping, Scaling Product

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of February 26th, 2017—shared with 6,488 peers—focuses on brilliant jerks and the havoc they cause on culture. You may have heard of Susan Fowler and her working “experience” as a software engineer at Uber. The case is symptomatic of everything that goes wrong when building a truly inclusive, non-discriminating—and thus innovative—culture is sabotaged by the leadership.

On the product side, we dive deep into slicing & dicing of user stories, how to up your prototyping game, twelve lessons learned about product/market fit, and your organization has to scale the product team.

Last but not least: New kinds of work require new ideas—and new ways of organizing work altogether. The New York Times Magazine has more on it.

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Food For Thought #79: Agile Tribes, Overcoming Waterfall, Prototype, Learn, and Iterate, Fear of Failure

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of February 19th, 2017—shared with 6,371 peers—focuses on how to create agile tribes by building great teams in a simple yet compelling framework, and thus overcome the waterfall legacy of established organizations.

We also dive deep into how to identify the right product, product increment, or feature: from hypotheses, via validation, to delivery.

Last but not least: We learn that failure itself is no longer an option but the goal. That the fear of failure is the enemy of innovation, and how the universal income thus might help becoming more innovative. (Star Trek. Finally.)

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