Age of Product’s Food for Thought of March 6th, 2016 covers innovation & economics, the concept of design sprints, and questions the state of Lean startup. It also provides a PDF to detect cargo cult agile in the organization, covers trends in product discovery, bloatware and feature creep. It covers better product roadmap techniques, leadership when scaling agile, how to start an agile transition at the enterprise level. Last, but not least, #31 deals with the dark side of Scrum, the psychology of team, and contains a great interview with Marc Andreessen and Clayton Christensen on competence and disruption.
TL;DR: The Cargo Cult Agile Checklist for Download
You want to know the state of agility in your organization? Here we go: Download the checklist, distribute it generously among your colleagues and run a quick poll. It will only take 5 minutes of their time–and then run an analysis on their feedback. If the average number of checkboxes marked is higher than nine, then you are probably practicing cargo cult agile. Consider changing it. Or abandon your agile experiment altogether. But don’t refer to it as “agile” any longer.
Age of Product’s Food for Thought of February 28th, 2016 covers: Cargo cult coaching, organizations w/o Steve Jobs, customer care as a litmus test for agile change, becoming ‘agile’ because of competitors, Google’s way to performing teams, motivating stakeholders to come with problems, not solutions, the true nature of MVPs and product/market fit, how to prioritize product features, shipping v0 products, essential tools (two great lists), and finally failure, risk and basic income in Silicon Valley.
TL; DR: Customer Care as a Litmus Test for Innovation and Agile Change
Customer care as an entity, its function, and status within a company, can act as a good litmus test for a company’s culture, its product management, and thus its potential for innovation and agile change.
If customer care is regarded solely as a cost center that needs to be outsourced, agile change is unlikely to happen in that organization.
Age of Product’s Food for Thought of February 21st, 2016 covers: Pivots — when and how to, challenges w/ changing a product, backstage of a design sprint w/ Google Ventures, how to create a 10x product, from agile projects to agile companies, traits of a great Scrum master, innovative workspaces on a budget, killing moonshots, Silicon Valley’s hang-over, survival of the fittest and Fortune Magazine’s 2016 choice of disruptive entrepreneurs.
Age of Product’s Food for Thought of February 14th, 2016 covers: The art of product management, how to ship product in time, lean idea validation, key drivers for SaaS success, 20 questions to get up to speed with a new Scrum team, a compact guide to DevOps and continuous delivery, how Facebook ships code more than 1,000 times a day, agile base patterns, how to foster a sense of purpose, doomicorns: how unicorns reached the tipping point, and the resetting of the startup industry.