Food For Thought #64

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of October 23rd, 2016 — shared with 4,369 peers — explains why slack time and saying “no” are integral parts of modern agile, and why status emails aren’t.

We also prepare you for the dreaded C-level talk on the benefits of moving from a patchwork of agile islands to an agile organization, and introduce estimating by back scratching.

We then enjoy a fair share of the ‘Mind the Product conference London 2016’ with Marty Cagan, we graduate from the ‘How to Create an MVP’ course, and get excited about an enormous repository of product management advice on Github.

Last but not least, we take away your angst that Google might ruin your latest product idea.

Enjoy a great Sunday!

Patchwork Agile & Scrum


Henrik Kniberg (via Crisp): Focus — my keynote at AgileByExample, Warsaw

Henrik Kniberg shares key points from his keynote at AgileByExample in Warsaw, including slack time, and — my favorite — saying “no”.

Source: Crisp: Focus — my keynote at AgileByExample, Warsaw

Author: Henrik Kniberg


Joshua Kerievsky (via InfoQ): An Introduction to Modern Agile

Joshua Kerievsky, CEO of Industrial Logic, wants to return “agile” to a lightweight, joyful way of helping people achieve awesome results.

Source: InfoQ: An Introduction to Modern Agile

Author: Joshua Kerievsky


Joseph Nielsen: Agile: 3 signs that you may be drinking Unicorn blood

Agile: 3 signs that you may be drinking Unicorn blood
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Joseph Nielsen suggests three really small reasons that have the potential to derail any “agile” project and make people cringe.

Source: Agile: 3 signs that you may be drinking Unicorn blood

Author: Joseph Nielsen


Mike Perrow (via TechBeacon): Dean Leffingwell asks tough question about agility at scale

Going agile? Read on: Dean Leffingwell asks five questions that every agile enthusiasts should be prepared to answer when trying to convince the C-level that agile can work for the whole business.

Source: TechBeacon: Dean Leffingwell asks tough question about agility at scale

Author: Mike Perrow


Dilbert: Estimating Finish Times

Dilbert on estimating projects, predictability, personal networking, cooking the books, and scrubbing each other’s back.

Source: Estimating Finish Times

Author: Scott Adams


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Product & Lean


Marty Cagan (via Mind The Product): Behind Every Great Product

The opening keynote at this year’s London ‘Mind the Product’ conference featured Marty Cagan, who shared his latest thoughts on what makes a great product manager.

Source: Mind The Product: Behind Every Great Product

Author: Marty Cagan


Siri Srinivas (via FundersClub): Pivoting Into a Massive Market with Shippo’s Laura Behrens Wu

Siri Srinivas interviews Laura Behrens Wu, CEO of shipping-as-a-service API Shippo, on how pivoting to opportunities uncovered by executing on the original idea can prove fruitful.

Source: FundersClub: Pivoting Into a Massive Market with Shippo’s Laura Behrens Wu

Author: Siri Srinivas


Christina Wodtke: Sprinting from Story to Offering

Christina Wodtke shares the third and final part of her essay on rapid minimum viable product — aka the “MVP” — creation to start testing assumptions on your product or service.

Source: Sprinting from Story to Offering

Author: Christina Wodtke


Nicholas Ivanecky (via Medium): Open Product Management Repo

Open Product Management Repo
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Nicholas Ivanecky provides a curated list of product management advice for technical people on GitHub. A great resource for anyone in product design, engineering, or product management.

Source: Medium: Open Product Management Repo

Author: Nicholas Ivanecky


Marty Cagan: Why Women Make The Best Product Managers

Marty Cagan tells the story behind his keynote at Mind the Product 2016 conference, and why he believes that women make the best product managers.

Source: Why Women Make The Best Product Managers

Author: Marty Cagan


Essential Read


(via CB Insights): Google Strategy Teardown: Betting The Future On AI, Cloud Services, And (Tamed) Moonshots

What if Google…? Relax, CB Insights provides a deep analysis of Google’s strategy — and the role artificial intelligence is playing — to help you overcome your angst.

Source: CB Insights: Google Strategy Teardown: Betting The Future On AI, Cloud Services, And (Tamed) Moonshots

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