Food for Agile Thought #317: Underperforming Dev Team, PO vs. PM Madness

TL; DR: Underperforming Dev Team, PO vs. PM Madness — Food for Agile Thought #317

Welcome to the 317th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,471 peers. This week, we share advice on how to support an underperforming dev team. Moreover, we listen to Richard Kasperowski and Woody Zuill talking about leadership, and we reflect on the agile mantra of failing fast. Could it be wrong?

We then delve into the Product Manager vs. Product Owner debate; we express concern about the rise of the third class beyond makers and managers in product teams: the process people, and we share Teresa Torres’ first version of her 2022 conference list.

Lastly, we explain three simple ways of getting a grip on splitting user stories, and we point out a surprising truth: the number of people needed for an interview study is often smaller than expected.

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Roman Pichler: Dealing with an Underperforming Development Team

Roman Pichler shares his advice on how ‘product people can deal with an underperforming development team and help the group improve.’

Source: Dealing with an Underperforming Development Team

Author: Roman Pichler

➿ Agile & Scrum

🎙 Richard Kasperowski and Woody Zuill: The Best Leader Is the One Who Leads Without Authority

In this second part of the interview, Richard Kasperowski and Woody Zuill talk about leadership.

Source: 🎙 The Best Leader Is the One Who Leads Without Authority

Authors: Richard Kasperowski and Woody Zuill

Chris Matts: Failure Cultures Reward failure

Chris Matts has come to believe that the agile mantra about failing fast is wrong: the goal or focus of an agile team is not to fail but to create value for customers.

Source: Failure Cultures Reward failure

Author: Chris Matts

Joost Minnaar (via Corporate Rebels): Flat Organizations: Companies Do NOT Need Middle Managers

Joost Minnaar dives into the discussion of flat organizations without middle management.

Source: Corporate Rebels: Flat Organizations: Companies Do NOT Need Middle Managers

Author: Joost Minnaar

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(via UX Collective Editors): The PO vs. PM Madness

Afonso Franco delves into the Product Manager vs. Product Owner debate.

Source: The PO vs. PM Madness

Marty Cagan: Process People

Marty Cagan expresses concern about the rise of the third class beyond makers and managers in product teams: the process people.

Source: Process People

Author: Marty Cagan

Teresa Torres: 2022 Product Conference List

Teresa Torres shares the first version of her 2022 conference list. Is your favorite conference missing? No worries, just help them extend the list for the benefit of the community.

Source: 2022 Product Conference List

Author: Teresa Torres

📯 Maximizing Utilization, Ignoring Slack Time — Making Your Scrum Work #22

There are plenty of failure possibilities with Scrum. Since Scrum is an intentionally incomplete framework with a reasonable yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone. For example, what if the focus of the organization is on the maximizing utilization of the “workers” of the Scrum teams? What if the organization is still stuck deeply in industrial paradigm thinking, ignoring the benefits of slack time for the creation of value in the field of knowledge work?

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Maria Rosala (via Nielsen Norman Group): How Many Participants for a UX Interview?

Maria Rosala points out a surprising truth: the number of people needed for an interview study is often smaller than expected.

Source: Nielsen Norman Group: How Many Participants for a UX Interview?

Author: Maria Rosala

(via Medium): Splitting Stories — Three Easy Ways

0 Tönnhausen NOV #1Steve Bishop explains three simple ways of getting a grip on splitting user stories.

Source: Medium: Splitting Stories — Three Easy Ways

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

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