Food for Agile Thought #271

TL; DR: Pre-Mortems, Leaving the Feature Factory — Food for Agile Thought #271

Welcome to the 271st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 28,708 peers.

This week, we understand the advantages of pre-mortems to kick-off agile transformations; we discover learning obstacles rooted in entrenched ways of operating, and we appreciate the learnings from a long yet successful lean transformation.

We then learn about how quarterly process changes can unshackle a product team to realize its full potential; we check a system to apply objectives and key results (OKR) to product management, and we acknowledge common traps of validating product ideas, such as false positives.

Lastly, we dissect the consequences of remote work, ranging from the remote hype cycle, the risk of return, new physical and digital solutions, and the implications of remote and hybrid work.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Packy McCormick: We’re Never Going Back

Packy McCormick dissects the — still underappreciated — consequences of remote work, from the remote hype cycle, the risk of return, new physical and digital solutions, and the implications of remote and hybrid work.

Source: We’re Never Going Back

Author: Packy McCormick

Agile & Scrum

Ayman Idris (via InfoQ): Kick-off Your Transformation by Imagining It Had Failed

Ayman Idris describes the advantages of pre-mortems, thus creating safety for everyone to point at potential risks in advance.

Source: InfoQ: Kick-off Your Transformation by Imagining It Had Failed

Author: Ayman Idris

(via Planet Lean): 10 obstacles to a lean transformation

Terry O’Donoghue summarizes lessons learned during a years-long — and ultimately successful — transformation of the Halfway Group.

Source:Planet Lean: 10 obstacles to a lean transformation

Barry O’Reilly: The Obstacles to Unlearning

Barry O’Reilly introduces his Cycle of Unlearning to help large corporations with entrenched ways of operating change.

Source: The Obstacles to Unlearning

Author: Barry O’Reilly

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Product

Andrew Jordan Miller (via UX Collective): Going from feature factory to continuous discovery in 1 year

Andrew Jordan Miller shares a success story of quarterly process changes to unshackle a product team and realize its potential.

Source: UX Collective: Going from feature factory to continuous discovery in 1 year

Author: Andrew Jordan Miller

Roman Pichler: OKRs in Product Management

Roman Pichler details a system of how to apply objectives and key results to product management.

Source: OKRs in Product Management

Author: Roman Pichler

Linda Z: Don’t ask customers about your idea @linda zhang

Linda Zhang shares common traps of validating product ideas, such as false positives.

Source: Don’t ask customers about your idea

Author: Linda Z

Sarah Gibbons (via Nielsen Norman Group): The 6 Steps to Roadmapping

In this article, Sarah Gibbons covers six critical steps to creating roadmaps that you can apply to any scope or industry.

Source: Nielsen Norman Group: The 6 Steps to Roadmapping

Author: Sarah Gibbons

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I have worked for 16-plus years as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, and agile coach. Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org.