Food for Agile Thought #291

TL; DR: Hypotheses Validation, Measuring Productivity — Food for Agile Thought #291

Welcome to the 291st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 31,152 peers. This week, we delve into hypotheses validation, and we shine a light on why it is often hard to have an authentic conversation and what you can do about it. We also stress the importance of modeling and measuring culture and analyze critical problems at the leadership level of organizations that result in a 70 % failure rate of transformations.

We then wonder why so many product managers want to create strategies while we derive all the signals for further product growth from the operational work in the trenches. We appreciate a new ebook on dealing with difficult stakeholders and critical situations, and we learn a simple approach to measuring team productivity: Don’t touch velocity!

Lastly, we learn that Gitlab identified a new DevOps maturity model.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Hypotheses Validation

David J Bland (via Strategyzer): Business Testing: Is your Hypothesis Really Validated?

David J Bland provides a helping hand to innovators and entrepreneurs to figure out if their hypotheses validation is working.

Source: Strategyzer: Business Testing: Is your Hypothesis Really Validated?

Author: David J Bland

➿ Agile & Scrum

📺 Takeshi Yoshida (via Medium): Authentic Conversations and the Art of Feedbacking

In this short video, Takeshi Yoshida shines a light on why it is often hard to have an authentic conversation and what you can do about it.

Source: Medium: 📺 Authentic Conversations and the Art of Feedbacking

Author: Takeshi Yoshida

Gene Kim, Nicole Forsgren and Jez Humble: Westrum’s Organizational Model in Technology Organizations

In this excerpt from ‘Accelerate: the Science of Lean Software and DevOps,’ Gene Kim, Nicole Forsgren, and Jez Humble stress the importance of modeling and measuring culture.

Source: Westrum’s Organizational Model in Technology Organizations

Authors: Gene Kim, Nicole Forsgren and Jez Humble

Ron Carucci (via Harvard Business Review): How Leaders Get in the Way of Organizational Change

Ron Carucci delves into the critical problems at the leadership level of organizations that result in a 70 % failure rate of transformations.

Source: Harvard Business Review: How Leaders Get in the Way of Organizational Change

Author: Ron Carucci

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🎯 Product

Linda Z: Why does everyone want to do strategy?

Linda Zhang wonders why so many product managers want to create strategies while we derive all the signals for further product growth from the operational work in the trenches.

Source: Why does everyone want to do strategy?

Author: Linda Z

(via Mixpanel): Upsides to unshipping: The art of removing features and products

Neil Rahilly, Fareed Mosavat, and Casey Winters share their learnings on the benefits of removing features and when to favor this approach to creating more value.

Source:mixpanel: Upsides to unshipping: The art of removing features and products

(via Productboard): Skills & tactics for managing challenging stakeholders

productboard published a new ebook on how to deal with difficult stakeholders and critical situations.

Source: productboard: Skills & tactics for managing challenging stakeholders

📯 Three Wide-Spread Product Owner Failures in 6:09 Minutes — Making Your Scrum Work #5

There are plenty of Product Owner failures. Given that Scrum is a framework with a precise and concise yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone.

Explore with me three widespread examples of how Product Owners fail their team in three short video clips, totaling 6 minutes and 9 seconds.

Learn more: Three Wide-Spread Product Owner Failures in 6:09 Minutes — Making Your Scrum Work #5.

🛠 Tools & Measuring

Ron Lichty: Measuring Productivity

Ron Lichty’s approach to measuring team productivity is simple — don’t touch velocity — and suggests alternatives.

Source: Measuring Productivity

Author: Ron Lichty

(via GitLab): GitLab’s 2021 Survey uncovers a new DevOps maturity model

As a result of its latest survey with 4,000-plus participants, GitLab identified a new DevOps maturity model.

Source: GitLab: GitLab’s 2021 Survey uncovers a new DevOps maturity model

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Food for Agile Thought #291: Hypotheses Validation, Authentic Feedback, Measuring Productivity, The Art of Removing Features was first published on Age-of-Product.com.

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