Food for Agile Thought #300: Killing Product Thinking

TL; DR: Killing Product Thinking — Food for Agile Thought #300

Welcome to the 300th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 32,162 peers. This week, we delve into killing product thinking w/ Jeff Patton. Also, we remind ourselves why the idea that “building software should be like building a house” is an unsuitable metaphor and why structure drives strategy so often. (Spoiler alert: the preferred way would be way messier.)

We then reflect on the many ways you can turn a hypotheses validation into a v1, and we explain how user research fits into continuous product discovery. Moreover, we present the “3Q-DO NO HARM” framework to help you avoid causing harm at scale with your product.

Lastly, we share a team alignment exercise built on Liberating Structures.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Jeff Patton: The Mindset That Kills Product Thinking — Help your organization focus on successful outcomes

In this epic post, Jeff Patton delves into the built-in incentive of the service model that favors on-time and on-budget delivery over outcomes or impact.

Source: The Mindset That Kills Product Thinking — Help your organization focus on successful outcomes

Author: Jeff Patton

➿ Agile & Scrum

Allan Kelly: Software is not a lump or work to do (and the laws which prove it)

Allan Kelly reminds us why the idea that “building software should be like building a house” is an unsuitable metaphor.

Source: Software is not a lump or work to do (and the laws which prove it)

Author: Allan Kelly

Jason Yip (via Medium): Concepts I use every day: BAPO. Because org structure change can get messy…

Jason Yip points at a critical organizational issue: structure driving strategy to avoid changing the structure.

Source: Medium: Concepts I use every day: BAPO. Because org structure change can get messy…

Author: Jason Yip

Takeshi Yoshida (via Medium): Team Alignment in 3 hrs: What, So What, Now What x 1–2–4-All (With free Mural template)

Takeshi Yoshida shares a team alignment exercise built on Liberating Structures.

Source: Medium: Team Alignment in 3 hrs: What, So What, Now What x 1–2–4-All (With free Mural template)

Author: Takeshi Yoshida

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🎯 Product

🎙 Dan Olsen (via Mind The Product): Getting the max from an MVP

In this podcast, Dan Olsen reflects on the many ways you can turn a hypotheses validation into a v1.

Source: Mind The Product: 🎙 Getting the max from an MVP

Author: Dan Olsen

📺 Teresa Torres: The Role of User Research in a Continuous Discovery World

In this video, Teresa Torres explains how user research fits into continuous product discovery.

Source: 📺 The Role of User Research in a Continuous Discovery World

Author: Teresa Torres

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Lisa D. Dance (via boxesandarrows): Flawed Products Harm — A Framework to Respond

Lisa D. Dance presents the “3Q-DO NO HARM” framework to help you avoid causing harm at scale with your product.

Source: boxesandarrows: Flawed Products Harm — A Framework to Respond

Author: Lisa D. Dance

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Food for Agile Thought #300: Killing Product Thinking, Software Isn’t Home Building, User Research in Discovery, Preventing Harmful Products was first published on Age-of-Product.com.

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