MAHD — Agile for Hardware, Product Ops Overview — Food for Agile Thought #324

TL; DR: MAHD — Agile for Hardware, Product Ops Overview — Food for Agile Thought #324

Welcome to the 324th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,869 peers. This week, we provide a primer for the Modified Agile for Hardware Development (MAHD) framework and its differences from generic Scrum. Also, we aim to understand the implication of growth and fixed mindsets for change, communication, and collaboration, and we challenge you to think about your office space from an anthropological point of view: Does it generate competition or collaboration between tribes?

We then share a list of helpful and damaging definitions of what Product Ops represents, and we move to download the free 7th ‘State of Product Management’ report based on the responses from over 2,000 product managers. Moreover, we point at a necessary trait of successful product teams: While using the big pictures to guide their work, they can also ship new stuff.

Lastly, we explore ways of measuring the predictability of teams, from ‘say/do’ to ‘meeting expectations’ to ‘aging WIP,’ and we point at a critical component of any innovation validation track to allow for an informed decision process: The experiment. Finally, we suggest a different approach to dealing with complex organizations and their inherent challenges: Knowing where to look for problems by figuring out who reports to whom.

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🎙 Dorian Simpson, Chad McAllister and Gary Hinkle: This Is Modified Agile for Hardware Development

In this podcast, Dorian Simpson and Gary Hinkle provide a primer for the Modified Agile for Hardware Development (MAHD) framework and its differences from generic Scrum.

Source: 🎙 This Is Modified Agile for Hardware Development

Authors: Dorian Simpson, Chad McAllister and Gary Hinkle

➿ Agile & Scrum

(via Farnam Street (Shane Parrish)): Carol Dweck: A Summary of Growth and Fixed Mindsets

Shane Parrish directs us towards Carol Dweck’s book ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’ to understand the implication of growth and fixed mindsets for change, communication, and collaboration.

Source: Farnam Street: Carol Dweck: A Summary of Growth and Fixed Mindsets

Patricia Salgado (via InfoQ): How Space Shapes Collaboration: Using Anthropology to Break Silos

Patricia Salgado wants you to think about your office space from an anthropological point of view: Does it generate competition or collaboration between tribes?

Source: InfoQ: How Space Shapes Collaboration: Using Anthropology to Break Silos

Author: Patricia Salgado

📺 Jason Yip (via Jimmy Janlén): Strategies for Large-Scale Change Agents

In this video, Spotify coach Jason Yip delves into the nitty-gritty details of empowering change agents working on large transformations.

Source: YouTube: 📺 Strategies for Large-Scale Change Agents

Authors: Jason Yip

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🎯 Product

Marty Cagan: Product Ops Overview

Marty Cagan shares a list of both helpful and damaging definitions of what Product Ops represents.

Source: Product Ops Overview

Author: Marty Cagan

📖 (via ProductPlan): Download ProductPlan’s 2022 Product Management Report

ProductPlan’s 7th ‘State of Product Management’ report uses the responses from over 2,000 product managers to identify trends beyond just roadmapping. The download is free.

Source: ProductPlan: Download ProductPlan’s 2022 Product Management Report

📺 John Cutler (via Mind The Product): Thinking Big, Working Small

In this video, John Cutler points at a necessary trait of successful product teams: While using the big pictures to guide their work, they are also capable of shipping new stuff.

Source: Mind The Product: 📺 Thinking Big, Working Small

Author: John Cutler

📯 Scrum 2022: Getting You Started as Scrum Master or Product Owner

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Karl Scotland: How to Measure the Predictability of Agile

Karl Scotland explores ways of measuring the predictability of teams, from ‘say/do’ to ‘meeting expectations’ to ‘aging WIP.’ As you may have guessed by now, the article is Kanban-oriented.

Source: How to Measure the Predictability of Agile

Author: Karl Scotland

(via Board of Innovation): Designing experiments to alleviate behavioral biases

Mina Drezner points at a critical component of any innovation validation track to allow for an informed decision process: The experiment and its set of generic rules that apply to all forms of validation attempts.

Source: Board of Innovation: Designing experiments to alleviate behavioral biases

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

Scott Adams: Lower The Quality

A classic Dilbert on arbitrary deadlines, product quality, and technical debt.

Source: Lower The Quality

Author: Scott Adams

Matt Philip: Kanban Myths

Matt Philip shares his idea of Kanban and a list of Kanban myths, debunking them simultaneously.

Source: Kanban Myths

Author: Matt Philip

Marianne Bellotti (via Medium): Hunting Tech Debt via Org Charts

Marianne Bellotti suggests a different approach to dealing with complex organizations and their inherent challenges: Knowing where to look for problems by figuring out who reports to whom.

Source: Medium: Hunting Tech Debt via Org Charts

Author: Marianne Bellotti

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