Food For Thought #73: Hybrid Agile, Team Health, PO v. PM, Product Design for Cave-Men, Fake It?

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of January 8th, 2017—shared with 5,703 peers—looks into agile transitions at scale: hybrid patterns, success stories, and principles of organizational design.

We learn that the Jira people discovered eight traits of successful teams and that getting to done requires a team to accept ownership and accountability.

We also revisit the product manager v. Product Owner debate and have a look at 2016 from the product management community perspective. Also, we learn about the hard-wired cave-man inside of us and what implications this has for product design.

Last but not least, Erin Griffith reports on the growing list of startup scandals, bordering on fraud. (Yub, my beloved Theranos is part of that article, too.)

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🎆 Age of Product’s Roadmap 2017: Ebooks, Webinars, and an Online Course

TL; DR: Age of Product’s Roadmap 2017

Happy New Year! 2016 was a very rewarding year of blogging in general and curating the ‘Food for Agile Thought’ newsletter in particular. Therefore, it is an easy decision to spend more time in 2017 on helping you to excel as an agile practitioner.

Age of Product’s roadmap 2017 is all about creating more ebooks, webinars and an online course to help you identify the right position as a Scrum Master or Product Owner. Additionally, I will also continue the ‘Agile Transition’ series on how to get started with an agile transition.

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Food For Thought #72: Product People 2016, State of Tech, Watered Down Scrum Masters, PM v. PO

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of December 18th, 2016—shared with 5,330 peers—looks back at this year’s product people and at the state of technology.

We also dive deep into how to create organizations based on agile teams, and what this has to do with creativity and keeping your competitive edge. We also ask: has today’s Scrum Master role become meaningless?

Marty Cagan no longer believes that the Product Owner is at the same time also the product manager, and Clay Christensen explains today’s recipe for innovation—conveniently delivered at the length of commute or a milkshake. Or both at the same time.

Enjoy a great holiday season—Food for Thought will be back on January 8th, 2017!

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Food For Thought #71: Brainless Agile, Everyone’s Agile, Speedy Agile, PM Survey 2016, UX 2017

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of December 11th, 2017—shared with 5,182 peers—offers a selection of “Agile”: from brainless agile — why is it practiced as a dumb process in most cases? —, to how to apply agile to other tasks that software creation.

We also dive deep into how you can improve the speed of product delivery, we check out the results of Mind the Product’s 2016 survey — remuneration for product managers is increasing, your’s too? —, and we get a sneak preview on UX trends of 2017.

Looking for a new PM job? Well, as we are closing in on 2017, a senior PM at Google shares tips how to ace your upcoming job interview.

Last but not least, Stanford’s ECorner provided a great video with Facebook’s vice president of product design on how to build the right features.

Enjoy a great Sunday!

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Food For Thought #70: Agile Myths Busting, Trust, Product Discovery, Listening to Customers

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of December 4th, 2017—shared with 5,066 peers—focusses on agile myth-busting, team dysfunctions, and how trust among teammates influences creativity.

We then dive deep into why switching to Kanban will not fixing your Scrum problems, and how to keep stakeholders and agile teams aligned.

We then support David Cancel’s notion that listening to customers is king and learn how the Kano model supports product discovery. Speaking of which: Marty Cagan identifies key risks that you should better tackle during the discovery work.

Last but not least, Om Malik reflects on Silicon Valley’s distinct lack of empathy for “normal people”.

Enjoy a great Sunday!

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Download the ‘Agile Transition – A Hands-on Guide from the Trenches’ Ebook for Free

Welcome to the Download Page of the “Agile Transition – A Hands-on Guide from the Trenches” Ebook

The “Agile Transition – A Hands-on Guide from the Trenches” ebook is a collection of articles I have been writing since October 2015.

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