Food for Agile Thought #334: Shape Up, Product Sense, Adaptive Self-Organization

TL; DR: Shape Up, Product Sense — Food for Agile Thought #334

Welcome to the 334th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 34,804 peers. This week, we share lessons learned on what it takes to succeed with Shape Up, Basecamp’s framework for running product development teams by collaboration and productivity. Also, we explore “the impact of hybrid work environments on Agile work,” and we delve into anything Spike-related, from purpose to common misunderstandings.

We then follow Jules Walter as he explains what ‘product sense’ is all about and shares actionable and practical advice on how to develop your product sense. At the same time, John Cutler summarizes the must-haves to get a product team started, from having some process to artifacts to tools. Moreover, we analyze why the collaboration between Product and Marketing may unravel, how to fix this issue, or — better — prevent it from happening in the first place.

Lastly, we reflect on the eleventh principle of the Agile Manifesto: “The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams,” and we point at five estimation failures, from settling for the average to skipping the Definition of Done to fixing time to story points.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Shape Up vs. Scrum

Mart Objartel (via Medium): From Scrum to Shipping Work that Matters with Shape Ups

Mart Objartel shares lessons learned on what it takes to succeed with Shape Up.

Source: Medium: From Scrum to Shipping Work that Matters with Shape Ups

Author: Mart Objartel

➿ Agile & Scrum

📺 (via Agile Alliance): The Future of Agile in a Hybrid World

In this video, the panelists explore “the impact of hybrid work environments on Agile work.”

Source: Agile Alliance: 📺 The Future of Agile in a Hybrid World

Stephen Cavaliere (via Leading Agile): All About Spikes

In this podcast, Dennis Stevens and Stephen Cavaliere delve into anything Spike-related, from purpose to common misunderstandings.

Source: Leading Agile: All About Spikes

Author: Stephen Cavaliere

Al Tenhundfeld (via Simple Thread): Agile Principles: Adaptive Self-Organizing

Al Tenhundfeld reflects on the eleventh principle of the Agile Manifesto: “The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.”

Source: Simple Thread: Agile Principles: Adaptive Self-Organizing

Author: Al Tenhundfeld

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🎯 Product

Jules Walter: How to develop product sense

Jules Walter explains what ‘product sense’ is all about and shares actionable and practical advice on how to develop your product sense.

Source: How to develop product sense

Authors: Jules Walter

John Cutler: The Basics

John Cutler summarizes the must-haves to get a product team started, from having some process to artifacts to tools.

Source: The Basics

Author: John Cutler

Adam Fishman and Natalie Rothfels (via Reforge): 3 Ways Marketing and Product Teams Can Improve Collaboration — And Drive Better Business Outcomes

Adam Fishman and Natalie Rothfels analyze why the collaboration between Product and Marketing may unravel, how to fix this issue, or — better — prevent it from happening in the first place.

Source: Reforge: 3 Ways Marketing and Product Teams Can Improve Collaboration — And Drive Better Business Outcomes

Authors: Adam Fishman and Natalie Rothfels

📯 How to Pass the Scrum Master Certification — PSM I, PSM II, and PSM III

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Learn more: How to Pass the Scrum Master Certification — PSM I, PSM II, and PSM III

🛠 Tools & Measuring

Jim Apodaca: The Five Anti-patterns of Estimating User Stories

Jim Apodaca points at five estimation failures, from settling for the average to skipping the Definition of Done to fixing time to story points.

Source: Medium: The Five Anti-patterns of Estimating User Stories

Adam Jarczyn (via ProductLed): Activation Velocity: Why time-to-value wasn’t enough to measure user onboarding at Shopify

Adam Jarczyn shares lessons learned from his time at Shopify, leading the Solution Engineering for the retail merchant segment.

Source: ProductLed: Activation Velocity: Why time-to-value wasn’t enough to measure user onboarding at Shopify

Author: Adam Jarczyn

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Food for Agile Thought #334: Shape Up, Product Sense, Adaptive Self-Organization, User Onboarding at Shopify was first published on Age-of-Product.com.

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