Food for Agile Thought #263: Engineering Sanity, Skill Mapping, Technical Debt Survey, Outcomes vs. Outputs

TL; DR: Engineering Sanity, Skill Mapping — Food for Agile Thought #263

Welcome to the 263rd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 27,516 peers. This week, we delve into how UX can support engineering sanity; we study a recent survey among CIOs on technical debt, and we learn about options of remote engineers if they want to be noticed.

We then enjoy an audio guide to product discovery; we take it beyond the usual ‘output vs. outcome’ discussion, and we learn how to ask better questions when we need to decide what to measure on our quest to create value for customers.

Lastly, we are grateful for a downloadable template that supports skill mapping to identify educational needs.

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Product Roadmap First Principles

It’s Product Roadmap Building Time Again!

The end of 2020 is nearing, and it’s product roadmap building time again—at least for those companies that are still dedicated to the old command-and-control model. In the next few weeks, executives and (key) stakeholders will come together and define new functionality that they believe will meet business demands in 2021.

While investing in product roadmaps can yield a reasonable return by creating a shared understanding between the “the business” and product teams, I also believe that product roadmaps need to be living artifacts requiring continuous attention by everyone involved. To make that process as worthwhile as possible, adhering to the following seven product roadmap first principles has proven beneficial in my experience.

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Food for Agile Thought #262: Product Management Dysfunctions, Play SHIP IT, Change Agency, Walking in Other People’s Shoes

TL; DR: Product Management Dysfunctions, Play SHIP IT — Food for Agile Thought #262

Welcome to the 262nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 27,421 peers. This week, we delve into product management dysfunctions; we revisit our video, light, and audio gear to improve our remote presence, and we turn to change agency from the sustainability perspective.

We then embrace a free product management game as well as empathy to build better products, and we analyze a nerdy topic: why do we waste most efforts in the product analytics field?

Lastly, we are grateful to add another twelve icebreakers to our toolbox.

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Download the 20 Questions from New Scrum Master to Product Owner Questionnaire

Welcome to the 20 Questions from New Scrum Master to Product Owner Download Page

From Scrum Master to Product Owner, this set of questions addresses the future collaboration between the two individuals and the rest of the Scrum Team. The questions have been modeled after some basic principles, that high performing teams have in common. Download a printable template for your convenience.

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20 Questions from New Scrum Master to Product Owner

TL; DR: 20 Questions to Ask the Product Owner to Get up to Speed as a New Scrum Master

From Scrum Master to Product Owner, this set of questions addresses the future collaboration between the two individuals and the rest of the Scrum Team. The questions have been modeled after some basic principles, that high performing teams have in common. Download a printable template for your convenience.

This post is following up on the previous post 20 Questions a New Scrum Master Should Ask Her Team to Get up to Speed.

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Food for Agile Thought #261: Business Agility 2020, How to Succeed w/ Agility, Drop the MVP Label, Still the CEO of Your Product?

TL; DR: Business Agility 2020, How to Succeed w/ Agility — Food for Agile Thought #261

Welcome to the 261st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 27,344 peers. This week, we are curious about the state of business agility 2020; we delve into a new recipe to succeed with agility, and we check the benefits that developers derive from estimating their work.

We then abandon the label ‘MVP,’ probably to embrace the ‘Maximum Viable Product.’ We also revisit Ben Horowitz’s famous quote from 20 years ago: Are product managers really the CEO of their product?

Lastly, we applaud a new initiative to develop a code of ethical conduct to raise agile coaching standards.

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