🗞️ Food for Agile Thought #100 🎉

Food for Thought’s issue #100 focusses on how to figure out what to build. We learn how to apply continuous product discovery, how to achieve product-market fit, how to use empathy mapping, and why a hypotheses backlog helps to avoid cluttering the product backlog.

We also discover Scrum misconceptions by analyzing job ads for scrum masters, and what cross-functional means with regard qualifications of individual team members. Moreover, we understand ways to improve your Kanban — by Mr. Scrum Jeff Sutherland himself — , and how the principles of the agile manifesto can be matched to change management.

Finally, there is an entertaining interview with Atlassian’s head of R&D on messiness, anarchy, structure, and what all of this has to do with creativity.

Have a great week!

Product Discovery & Lean


Teresa Torres: 3 Best Practices for Adopting Continuous Product Discovery

Teresa Torres shares in this video her definition of continuous product discovery.

Source: 3 Best Practices for Adopting Continuous Product Discovery

Author: Teresa Torres


Dan Olsen (via Mind The Product): Dan Olsen shares advice on How to Achieve Product-Market Fit

Dan Olsen, the author of The Lean Product Playbook, shares advice on how to achieve product-market fit.

Source: Mind The Product: Dan Olsen shares advice on How to Achieve Product-Market Fit

Author: Dan Olsen


Dave Gray: Empathy Map

Dave Gray explains how to use empathy mapping for discovering insights about customers.

Source: Empathy Map

Author: Dave Gray


Mel Hambarsoomian (via Medium): Use a hypothesis backlog to capture and refine your problems

Use a hypothesis backlog to capture and refine your problems
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Mel Hambarsoomian describes her hypotheses backlog, a collection of opportunities to improve the product.

Source: Medium: Use a hypothesis backlog to capture and refine your problems

Author: Mel Hambarsoomian


Scott Sehlhorst (via Tyner Blain): Product Management Synapses

Scott Sehlhorst shares some random thoughts inspired by a Rorschach test of product management concepts.

Source: Tyner Blain: Product Management Synapses

Author: Scott Sehlhorst


Brandon Chu (via Medium): Making Good Decisions as a Product Manager

Making Good Decisions as a Product Manager
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Brandon Chu dissects how decision-making as a product manager is supposed to work.

Source: Medium: Making Good Decisions as a Product Manager

Author: Brandon Chu


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From Hilarious to Sad: 22 Scrum Master Anti-Patterns from Job Ads

Job ads for scrum master or agile coach positions reveal a great insight into an organization’s progress on becoming agile. To gain these, I analyzed more than 50 job ads for scrum master or agile coach positions. Learn more about what makes job ads such a treasure trove with the following 22 scrum master anti-patterns.

Read More: 22 Scrum Master Anti-Patterns from Job Ads.

Agile & Scrum


Adventures w/ Agile: Here’s the Thing About “T-shaped” People

Lloyd Jones on cross-functional teams and common misconceptions about how they become high-performing.

Source: Here’s the Thing About “T-shaped” People

Author: Simon Powers


Jeff Sutherland (via Scrum Inc): How to Optimize Your Kanban

Jeff Sutherland suggests some improvements — borrowed from Scrum — to Kanban to reduce the average cycle time.

Source: Scrum Inc: How to Optimize Your Kanban

Author: Jeff Sutherland


Jason Little: A Manifesto for Agile Change Management

Jason Little shares examples how his workshop participants matched the principles of the agile manifesto to change management.

Source: A Manifesto for Agile Change Management

Author: Jason Little


The Essential View


Bob Sutton and Dom Price (via Stanford ECorner): Dominic Price: Constructive Chaos vs. Clusterf***s

Bob Sutton interviews Dominic Price, the head of R&D and “work futurist” at Atlassian, on how to achieve a balance between structure and (creative) anarchy.

Source: Stanford ECorner: Dominic Price: Constructive Chaos vs. Clusterf***s

Authors: Bob Sutton and Dominic Price


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Food for Agile Thought #100 was first published on Age of Product.