Food for Agile Thought #102

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #102 applauds Mr. Hodgson for pointing at the obvious: There is no Spotify Model — you have to figure out ‘agile’ within your organization yourself. And by the way, ‘agile’ does not equal Scrum either. Hubspot ditched it years ago and got it right nevertheless. We also learn how to break up silos in your organization, and why people outside the product trenches regular have trouble understanding what we are talking about.

We watch Melissa Perri warn us to fall for the feature factory trap, and we come to understand that ‘feature creep’ is merely a disguise for us failing to identify the core of our product, and we figure out how to identify our customers’ need and to reverse-engineer it into a product.

Lastly, we listen to Jeff Gothelf to learn how continuous innovation can become the center of an organization.

Have a great week!

🏆 Tip of the Week


Matthew Hodgson (via Zen Ex Machina): Why Spotify’s agile patterns work and why you shouldn’t copy them

Matthew Hodgson rightfully points at a critical understanding: There is no Spotify agile model.

👍 Learn how to avoid falling for the ‘let’s scale Agile like Spotify’ fallacy.

Source: Zen Ex Machina: Why Spotify’s agile patterns work and why you shouldn’t copy them

Author: Matthew Hodgson


Agile & Scrum


Christopher ODonnell (via ThinkGrowth.org): Why We Traded Scrum for “Science Fair” to Build HubSpot

Why We Traded Scrum for “Science Fair” to Build HubSpot
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Christopher ODonnell looks back at the path of product creation at Hubspot over the years and why they ditched Scrum.

Source: ThinkGrowth.org: Why We Traded Scrum for “Science Fair” to Build HubSpot

Author: Christopher ODonnell


Tomas Laboutka: Break down your departments to build 100% agile company. This is how we did it!

Break down your departments to build 100% agile company. This is how we did it!
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Tomas Laboutka details HotelQuickly’s journey to become truly agile by breaking down silos and empowering the team.

Source: Break down your departments to build 100% agile company. This is how we did it!

Author: Tomas Laboutka


John Cutler (via Hackernoon): 42 Things Non-Front-Liners Misunderstand

42 Things Non-Front-Liners Misunderstand
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John Cutler lists 42 issues of product and software development that are not self-explanatory to outsiders.

Source: Hacker Noon: 42 Things Non-Front-Liners Misunderstand

Author: John Cutler


Samantha Laing (via Growing Agile): Survey Results: Remote Agile Teams

Samantha Laing shares the ‘Remote Agile Teams’ survey results.

Source: Growing Agile: Survey Results: Remote Agile Teams

Author: Samantha Laing


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Product & Lean


Mike Fishbein and Jeff Gothelf (via This Is Product Management): Continuous Innovation is Product Management

Jeff Gothelf shares in this podcast his thoughts on how to move to a continuous innovation model as an organization.

Source: This Is Product Management: Continuous Innovation is Product Management

Authors: Mike Fishbein and Jeff Gothelf


Melissa Perri (via Mind The Product): Escaping the Build Trap

Melissa Perri describes her experience with the feature factory early in her career and how to avoid falling for it.

Source: Mind The Product: Escaping the Build Trap

Author: Melissa Perri


Hiten Shah (via Product Habits): Feature Creep Isn’t the Real Problem

Hiten Shah — the co-founder of Hubspot — dissects the ‘feature creep syndrome’: the inability to execute on the core value of your product.

Source: Product Habits: Feature Creep Isn’t the Real Problem

Author: Hiten Shah


David Bailey (via Medium): How To Sell The Problem Before Selling The Solution

How To Sell The Problem Before Selling The Solution
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David Bailey on identifying your customers’ need and reverse-engineering it into a product.

Source: Medium: How To Sell The Problem Before Selling The Solution

Author: David Bailey


Brent Tworetzky (via Medium): Negotiation Skills for Product Managers: 5 Things You Need to Know

Negotiation Skills for Product Managers: 5 Things You Need to Know
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Brent Tworetzky analyzes the principles of negotiation and how mastering them will improve your team’s outcome.

Source: Medium: Negotiation Skills for Product Managers: 5 Things You Need to Know

Author: Brent Tworetzky


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Food for Agile Thought #102 was first published on Age of Product.