Food for Agile Thought #197

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #197 delves into agile decision making when there is no apparent right answer; we are inspired by a saboteur’s manual to check our projects for similar indications and we go back to a classic on agility from 1972. (Yes, there is life before the Manifesto.)

We also learn about the opportunities that a recent pre-packaged management fad bears for UX folks; we check a flowchart on product prioritization, and we get a better understanding on what companies believe product managers do all day.

Lastly, we applaud Marty Cagan on yet another encouraging video on the challenges product menschen face every.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #196?

🏆 The Essential Read

📺 Marty Cagan (via Mind The Product): Product is Hard

Marty Cagan reflects on why Agile and Lean won’t solve all your problems and to how to get your product right anyway.

Source: Mind The Product: 📺 Product is Hard

Author: Marty Cagan

Agile Decision Making & Scrum

Roman Imankulov (via Doist): Principles for Decision-Making in a Flat Organization

Roman Imankulov shares his experience on agile decision making: How to decide with a group of people when there is no obvious right answer.

We don’t try to reach consensus […] as an end in itself. We use consensus-building as a tool to get to the best technical (and sometimes procedural) outcome when we make decisions.

Source: Doist: Principles for Decision-Making in a Flat Organization

Author: Roman Imankulov

Kai Gilb: The Happy Project Saboteur

Kai Gilb provides an intuitive list of means, approaches, and mental models on how to kill any project.

Source: The Happy Project Saboteur

Author: Kai Gilb

(via Harvard Business Review): Evolution and Revolution as Organizations Grow

Another proof that ‘Agile’ is not a new concept — see phase 5 — without even mentioning the term: an article by Larry E. Greiner from 1972, republished in 1998 as a ‘classic.’

Source: Harvard Business Review: Evolution and Revolution as Organizations Grow

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Product & Lean

Jared Spool (via Medium): Customer Centricity — The Management Fad We Can Hop On

Customer Centricity — The Management Fad We Can Hop On
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Jared Spool believes that customer centricity opens the door for UX leaders to promote and spread critical UX strategies.

Source: Medium: Customer Centricity — The Management Fad We Can Hop On

Author: Jared Spool

Christine Itwaru (via ProductCraft): Flowchart: Should We Build This Feature?

Christine Itwaru created a decision support model to help with answering the old question: shall we build it?

Source: ProductCraft: Flowchart: Should We Build This Feature?

Author: Christine Itwaru

Hiten Shah (via Product Habits): How 51 leading tech teams define the Product Manager role

Product Habits analyzed 51 job postings from tech companies in Silicon Valley for what tasks companies are hiring product managers.

Source: Product Habits: How 51 leading tech teams define the Product Manager role

Author: Hiten Shah

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Food for Agile Thought #197: Agile Decision Making, Project Sabotage, Agile in 1972, Customer Centricity Fad was first published on Age-of-Product.com.

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