Food for Agile Thought #342: Agile Laggards, Fireside Chat with Marty Cagan, Stakeholder Trust

TL; DR: Agile Laggards, Fireside Chat with Marty Cagan — Food for Agile Thought #342

Welcome to the 342nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,264 peers. This week, we point to Geoffrey Moore’s ‘Technology Adoption Life Cycle,’ and that ‘Agile’ has entered the laggards segment. We also delve into an essential team success factor — stakeholder trust — and reflect on ‘balancing long-lived teams with short term coordination and alignment.’

Then, we learn how to determine best whether an idea is worth pursuing and define six ‘first principles’ for product leaders to deal with team topology, from ownership to alignment to autonomy. Moreover, we follow Behzod Sirjani, who believes that NPS has been turned into a useless vanity metric while it has actual value for measuring ‘word-of-mouth loops.’

Also, we advocate not focusing on productivity but, for example, on value, quality, speed, and flexibility, as they may lead to higher productivity later on. Lastly, we enjoy a fireside chat with Marty Cagan, where he addresses empowerment, adopting a product-led mindset, and why project-oriented companies should consider becoming product-oriented.

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📺 Marty Cagan (via Mind The Product): Fireside chat with Marty Cagan

In this video, Marty Cagan addresses empowerment, adopting a product-led mindset, and why project-oriented companies should consider becoming product-oriented.

Source: Mind The Product: 📺 Fireside chat with Marty Cagan

Author: Marty Cagan

➿ Agile & Scrum: Agile Laggards

Mike Griffiths: Agile Adoption — Left to Right is the Way to Go

Mike Griffiths points to Geoffrey Moore’s ‘Technology Adoption Life Cycle,’ and that ‘Agile’ has entered the agile laggards segment, leading to shortcuts and the wrong mindset.

Source: Agile Adoption — Left to Right is the Way to Go

Author: Mike Griffiths

James Shore: Stakeholder Trust

In this excerpt from ‘The Art of Agile Development,’ James Shore delves into an essential team success factor.

Source: Stakeholder Trust

Author: James Shore

Chris Combe (he / him) (via Better Programming): Stable Teams and Dynamic Structures

Chris Combe reflects on ‘balancing long-lived teams with short term coordination and alignment.’

Source: Better Programming: Stable Teams and Dynamic Structures

Author: Chris Combe

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Petra Wille — loomista: Patrick Sauerwein on the Product Community of Practice at Deutsche Telekom

Petra Wille interviews Patrick Sauerwein on CoP lessons learned, from formats to inviting external guests to impact.

Source: Learning from Other Product People: Patrick Sauerwein on the Product Community of Practice at Deutsche Telekom

Author: Petra Wille

Todd Jackson (via Lenny Rachitsky): How to Validate Your Startup Idea

Todd Jackson shares his experience as a seed-stage investor at First Round Capital on how to best figure out whether an idea is worth pursuing.

Source: How to Validate Your Startup Idea

Authors: Lenny Rachitsky and Todd Jackson

Yi Lv: Productivity Focus

Yi Lv advocates not focusing on productivity but, for example, on value, quality, speed, and flexibility, as they may lead to higher productivity later on.

Source: Productivity Focus

Author: Yi Lv

📯 How to Pass the Product Owner Certification — PSPO I, PSPO II, and PSPO III

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

(via UX Collective Editors): Team Topology: 6 ‘First Principles’ for Product Leaders

Afonso Franco defines six ‘first principles’ for product leaders to deal with team topology, from ownership to alignment to autonomy.

Source: UX Collective: Team Topology: 6 ‘First Principles’ for Product Leaders

Behzod Sirjani (via Reforge): How to (Really) Measure NPS

Behzod Sirjani believes that NPS has been turned into a useless vanity metric while it has actual value for measuring ‘word-of-mouth loops.’

Source: Reforge: How to (Really) Measure NPS

Author: Behzod Sirjani

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

John Cutler: Old Guard, New Guard

John Cutler reflects on change, contrasting different viewpoints of incumbents and change agents.

Source: Old Guard, New Guard

Author: John Cutler

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