Food For Thought #66
Age of Product’s Food for Thought of November 6th, 2016 — shared with 4,576 peers — provides 100+ tips & tricks for better retrospectives, juicier user stories, and delightful interviews.
We also have an in-depth look at the nemesis of any agile practitioner and ask: will bureaucracy prevail?
Last but not least, we learn how change actually happens, why zombie products need to be put to rest, and how to fake it: not too big, and not too small, but just right.
Imposters, enjoy a great Sunday!
Agile Bureaucracy & Scrum
Steve Denning (via Forbes): Is Agile The Antidote To Your Horrible Boss?
Steve Denning analyzes why most large organizations remain stubbornly bureaucratic, and how “Agile” may come to the rescue.
Author: Steve Denning
Ben Linders: Non-verbal Exercises for Agile Retrospectives
Ben Linders put together a list of non-verbal exercises that can be used in retrospectives to “hear” from introverts and involve people who find it difficult to speak up in groups.
Author: Ben Linders
Victor Chircu (via DZone): Review: ‘Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your User Stories’
Victor Chircu reviews the user story guide by Gojko Adzic and David Evans that provides solutions to many issues involving Agile projects.
Author: Victor Chircu
Duncan Green (via The Guardian): Radical thinking reveals the secrets of making change happen
In an extract from his new book, Duncan Green explores how change actually occurs — and what that means.
Author: Duncan Green
(via Mind The Product): How to Survive the Product Zombie Apocalypse
Lisa Long explains why ‘zombie’ products and features are so dangerous to your company as they stagger on, effectively dead but still consuming your resources.
John Cutler (via Medium): 50 Questions I Ask PMs About Data and Their Teams
John Cutler shares his backup list of product management related questions for running interviews and gathering “data” on organizations prior to making any recommendations.
Author: John Cutler
Adrian Dampc (via Zalando Tech): The [Design] Sprint Exposed — How we Use it at Zalando
Adrian Dampc explains why Zalando — Europe’s largest online fashion retailer — chose the design sprint model to answer open questions, structurize findings, and establish a long-term strategy for their products.
Author: Adrian Dampc
Roger L. Cauvin: Is Customer Development Pseudoscience?
Roger Cauvin questions the “scientific method” that lean startup practitioner are using. He points at the misguided focus of customer development, thus excluding “unknown unknowns” from the process.
Author: Roger Cauvin
(via Fast Company): This Team Built And Sold A New Product In Nine Weeks–Then Shelved It
Nicole Miller shares the story behind Buffer’s experiment to create a mini in-house startup accelerator to let three employees build and test a new product.
The Essential Read
(via Nautilus): How to Fake It So No One Notices
David Steinsaltz shares five examples of faking that isn’t too big, and isn’t too small, but just right. A must read for the inner imposter.
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