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.

Source: Forbes: Is Agile The Antidote To Your Horrible Boss?

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.

Source: Non-verbal Exercises for Agile Retrospectives

Author: Ben Linders


Tanner Wortham: Scrum Master Tips To Help Your Teams Succeed

Rob Wortham shares another list with additional ten tips for Scrum Masters; each of these tips borne out of his mistakes or experiences.

Source: Scrum Master Tips To Help Your Teams Succeed

Author: Rob Wortham


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.

Source: DZone: Review: ‘Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your User Stories’

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.

Source: The Guardian: Radical thinking reveals the secrets of making change happen

Author: Duncan Green


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Product & Lean


(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.

Source: Mind The Product: How to Survive the Product Zombie Apocalypse


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.

Source: Medium: 50 Questions I Ask PMs About Data and Their Teams

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.

Source: Zalando Technology: The [Design] Sprint Exposed — How we Use it at Zalando

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.

Source: Is Customer Development Pseudoscience?

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.

Source: Fast Company: This Team Built And Sold A New Product In Nine Weeks–Then Shelved It


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.

Source: Nautilus: How to Fake It So No One Notices

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