Food For Thought #61

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of October 2nd, 2016 — shared with 4,804 peers — deals with fake agile, façade agile, agile idiots, and cargo cult in the cradle of disruption: Silicon Valley.

We then have fun with a “Scrum master” job posting, get access to notes from the original Agile Manifesto meeting, and are convinced that team building is not just everybody’s concern, but actually can be fun and productive at the same time.

We also understand how to build awesome offline boards, and the science behind making apps addictive. Finally, we can fill all the idle time in our lives with content from 50 must-read product management blogs.

Last, but not least, we learn about the endless bombardment of news, and gossip, and images that has rendered us manic information addicts.

Enjoy a great Sunday!

Fake Agile & Scrum


Jim Highsmith (via ThoughtWorks): The Future of Agile: Innovators, Imitators, and Idiots

Jim Highsmith borrows from Warren Buffet, who commented on the natural progression of how good ideas go wrong, to describe the future of agility: “Innovators, Imitators, and Idiots”.

Source: ThoughtWorks: The Future of Agile: Innovators, Imitators, and Idiots

Author: Jim Highsmith


Stephen Frein (via TechBeacon): How to shed your agile camouflage: 5 ways to tell if your team is agile in name only

Stephen Frein highlights five examples of teams covering themselves in agile camouflage: Borrowing the ceremonies and lexicon of agile methods without fundamentally changing their underlying work habits.

Source: TechBeacon: How to shed your agile camouflage: 5 ways to tell if your team is agile in name only

Author: Stephen Frein


Simon Powers: Learnings from Coaching Agile Teams

Simon Powers describes his journey as an agile coach, having reached chapter 13 of “Coaching Agile Teams” by Lyssa Adkins, and realizes how vastly “good agile” differs from “façade agile”.

Source: Learnings from Coaching Agile Teams

Author: Simon Powers


Samantha Laing (via Growing Agile): The big Scrum Master misunderstanding

Samantha Laing analyzes in detail a less convincing job posting for a Scrum master position, and provides an example of a good one, too. (Check out the latter, if you are currently looking to change your position.)

Source: Growing Agile: The big Scrum Master misunderstanding

Author: Samantha Laing


Ryan Lockard (via Agile Uprising): Original Manifesto Meeting Notes [Open]

The Agile Uprising community shares the original Agile Manifesto meeting notes of Jon Kern as part of their manifesto review project. Note: Please join the community and contribute.

Source: Agile Uprising: Original Manifesto Meeting Notes [Open]

Author: Ryan Lockard


Camille Fournier (via GOTO Conferences): Building a High-Performance Team is Everyone’s Job

Camille Fournier shares in this video her conviction that building great teams isn’t just something that managers do alone. Great teams come from the participation of the group to push the team there.

Source: GOTO Conferences: Building a High-Performance Team is Everyone’s Job • Camille Fournier

Author: Camille Fournier


Benjamin Brandall (via Process Street): 63 Team Building Activities That Your Team Won’t Roll Their Eyes At

Benjamin Brandall explains convincingly that team building does not have to be an afternoon of time-wasting — just reaffirming everyone’s discomfort — by providing a list of 63 exercises that actually work.

Source: Process Street: 63 Team Building Activities That Your Team Won’t Roll Their Eyes At

Author: Benjamin Brandall


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From the Blog: How to Build Offline Boards

Offline boards lift a team’s level of collaboration significantly. They are great information radiators for stakeholders, and they massively benefit from the psychology of getting haptic. Learn the best practices of getting started with your own offline boards in this third post of our series on how to kick-off an agile transition.

Read more: How to Build Offline Boards — Agile Transition (Part 3)

Product & Lean


ian leslie (via 1843 magazine): The scientists who make apps addictive

Ian Leslie reports from Silicon Valley, where the most successful tech companies use the insights of behaviour design to pump us with dopamine and keep us returning to their products. And some of the psychologists who developed the science of persuasion are worried about the way it is being used.

Source: 1843 magazine: The scientists who make apps addictive

Author: Ian Leslie


Marty Cagan (via svpg): Behind Every Great Product

Marty Cagan revisits his first essay for SVPG — “Behind Every Great Product” — after ten years, and provides great examples where the product manager could actually do her job.

Source: svpg: Behind Every Great Product

Author: Marty Cagan


Brian Donohue and Colin Bentley (via Intercom): Q&A: How should product managers prioritize their time?

Brian Donohue and Colin Bentley share their ideas and learnings on how to deal with the not-enough-time dilemma many product managers face: From how to plan daily goals, to where a product manager’s responsibilities begin and end.

Source: Intercom: Q&A: How should product managers prioritize their time?

Authors: Brian Donohue and Colin Bentley


(via Roadmunk Blog): 50 product management blogs you should be reading

The guys at Roadmunk compiled an epic list of product management blogs: From the classics, to educators, influencers, and the best of Medium. Congrats to John Cutler for making it onto the list!

Source: Roadmunk Blog: 50 product management blogs you should be reading


Leo Polovets: Startup Cargo Cults: What They Are and How to Avoid Them

Leo Polovets analyzes the startup ecosystem, the proverbial cradle of innovation and disruption, for signs of Cargo Cult thinking: Causes, examples, and warning signs. He also includes tips how to handle outbreaks.

Source: Startup Cargo Cults: What They Are and How to Avoid Them

Author: Leo Polovets


Essential Read


(via New York Magazine): My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

Andrew Sullivan on: “An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.”

Source: New York Magazine: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

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