Product Discovery Anti-Patterns Leading to Failure

TL;DR: Product Discovery Anti-Patterns

Scrum has proven to be an effective product delivery framework for digital products like applications or apps. However, Scrum is equally suited to build the wrong product efficiently as its Achilles heel has always been the product discovery part. What product discovery part, you may think now. And this is precisely the point: The product owner miraculously identifies what is the best way to proceed as a team by gating and prioritizing the product backlog. How that is supposed to happen is nowhere described in the Scrum Guide. Consequently, when everyone is for himself, product discovery anti-patterns emerge.

From sunk costs, HIPPO-ism, my-budget-my-features to self-fulfilling prophecies — learn more about the numerous product discovery anti-patterns that can manifest themselves when you try to fill Scrum’s product discovery void.

Age of Product: Product Discovery Anti-Patterns Leading to Failure

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Food For Agile Thought #114: Rockstar Engineers, Psychological Safety, Products Spiraling out of Control

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #114—shared with 12,308 peers—focuses on team building and rockstar engineers, or better: the lack of them. We also come back to psychological safety and wonder whether the term is overused or abused?

Steve Denning explains why SAFe == pre-Copernican command and control thinking, and we learn what misconception lets software product spiral out of control.

Lastly, Kate Bennet shares the results of her survey on product prioritization methods.

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Agile Maturity Survey: Fad, Trend or Holy Grail?

TL;DR: Participate in the Agile Maturity Survey to Help Us Understand Agile Maturity’s Nature

Participate in the anonymous agile maturity survey and help us find out: Is agile maturity a fad, a trend or the holy grail of an agile transition?

Agile Maturity—Fad, Trend or Holy Grail by Age of Product

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Food for Agile Thought #113: Scaling Spotify, Technical Debt, Dogfooding, Cost of Delay

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #113—shared with 12,181 peers—covers scaling Spotify, why technical debt gets out of control, how to go faster, and that customer centricity requires changes to the organization.

We also have a look at ‘Cost of Delay’ as a concept and learn that buildings MVPs might be counterproductive, and to make (product) decisions without a doubt.

Lastly, Hiten Shah considers Trello a failure—find out why.

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Food for Agile Thought #112: Scaling Agile Pitfalls, Resources for Product and Design, Coded Waste

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #112—shared with 11,952 peers—focuses on scaling agile pitfalls, particularly in complex systems.

We also have a look at Sam DeBrule’s giant resource list for product and design that makes being a product mensch a bit simpler and more exciting.

Lastly, there is a new blog post available: How to up your game as a product owner. (The PO anti-patterns should be familiar with many scrum teams.)

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Product Owner Anti-Patterns — 31 Ways to Improve as a PO

TL;DR: The Scrum Product Owner Anti-Patterns

If you are working as a product owner, there is — very likely — room for improvement. I curated this list of the most common product owner anti-patterns to help you up your game.

If you like to improve on those you recognize why don’t you ask the scrum master and the team for support? The product owner anti-patterns list is a good starting point for a retrospective.

Product Owner Anti-Patterns — 31 Ways to Improve as a PO by Age of Product

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