Food For Thought #90: Agile OKRs, Agile Ladder, 11 Laws of Product, Disruption à la Amazon

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of May 7th, 2017 is shared with 8,337 peers. We deal with various aspects of change: metaphors, agile OKRs, thirsty plants, and misconceptions. And we wholeheartedly support Tanner’s idea of actively doing nothing as a scrum master.

On the product side, we start with another round of anti-patterns in product development. Then we switch to how to do it right, and we end with why you should not confuse alignment with an agreement.

Lastly: We understand the magic of disruptive innovation disguised as toys and appealing to the inner child.

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Anonymous Poll for the Upcoming Free ‘Scrum Master Salary Report 2017’

TL;DR: Anonymous Poll ‘Scrum Master Salary Report 2017’

The purpose of this anonymous poll is to create a clear, data-backed benchmark that allows everyone in the agile community to get an understanding whether her or his compensation is adequate.

The report will cover Scrum Master as well as Agile Coaches, both employed and freelancing.

To generate an acceptable first report, we will need at least 500 answers. A larger sample would allow providing more detailed insights, though.

Update May 1st, 2017

Things went much better than anticipated:

  1. We gathered 523 replies which will provide the data for a relevant survey.
  2. I expect that the Scrum Master Salary Report 2017 will be available by the end of May.
  3. The next goal is to extend this dataset and build an application on top of it that is available for free, the Scrum Master Salary Calculator.

The more, the merrier – so please join the effort, and contribute to the ‘Scrum Master Salary Calculator’: Participate in the ‘Scrum Master Salary Report 2017’ survey now…

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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!

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Food For Thought #88: Big Bang Agile, Hail Failure, Syncing Sales

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of April 23rd, 2017—shared with 7,693 peers—celebrates lasagne from Colgate, pardon me: failure, and why C-level execs believe in big bang agile transitions. (Of course, we know they need passion from ones in the trenches, and Thoughtworks believes that, too.)

We then dive deep into the fetish of estimations, and why agile process-fetishists might turn the DoR into a stage-gate. (Sneaking in the dark side through the backdoor, so to speak.)

On the product side, we have another look at our nemesis, the sales team, and we learn why chefs supposedly make good product managers. Lean startup aficionados might enjoy the MVP, MMF, and MRF analysis.

Lastly: Up your game of convincing other people of your ideas with storytelling and learn right from the source.

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28 Product Backlog and Refinement Anti-Patterns

TL;DR: 28 Product Backlog and Refinement Anti-Patterns

Scrum is a practical framework to build products, provided you identified in advance what to build. But even after a successful product discovery phase, you may struggle to make the right thing in the right way if your product backlog is not up to the job. Garbage in, garbage out – as the saying goes. The following article points at 28 of the most common product backlog anti-patterns – including the product backlog refinement process – that limit your Scrum team’s success.

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