Food For Thought #89

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of April 30th, 2017 features two heavyweight agile champions on why scaling agile is futile. We also can confirm: the further east you go the less Scrum works. Sorry, we needed to address the elephant in the room.

On the product side, we dive deep into how to kill features and why this is important for any aspiring creator of a great product. (Spoiler alert: those embrace simplicity.) We also talk about the “cigarettes” of the B2C web industry, and what it takes to get ‘lean startup’ as a concept going in an enterprise.

Lastly: we learn about the unfortunate trend of creating local maxima due to a lack of long-term thinking. Enjoy Labor Day!

Scaling Agile Is Futile & Scrum


Ron Jeffries: Implications of Enterprise Focus in Scrum

Ron Jeffries on scaling agile, SAFe & Co and Scrum Alliance generating new certificates as rapidly as their PDF formatters can produce.

Source: Implications of Enterprise Focus in Scrum

Author: Ron Jeffries


Dave Snowden: SAFe: the infantilism of management

Dave Snowden’s notion of SAFe is simple: It seemed to be PRINCE II camouflaged in Agile language.

Source: SAFe: the infantilism of management

Author: Dave Snowden


Joshua 스크람 Partogi: Scrum does not work here in Asia

Scrum does not work here in Asia
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Joshua Partogi explains why agile does not work in Asian cultures where people expect to be told what to do because hierarchy is what keeps the universe working.

Source: Scrum does not work here in Asia

Author: Joshua Partogi


(via AgileConnection): 4 Balanced Metrics for Tracking Agile Teams

Joel BancroftConnors outlines four suitable metrics for agile teams.

Source: AgileConnection: 4 Balanced Metrics for Tracking Agile Teams


Scott Adams: Cultural Fit

You might be too smart to work here.

Source: Cultural Fit

Author: Scott Adams


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Product & Lean


Steli Efti and Hiten Shah: How to Kill Features in Your Product

In this episode of the Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about the process of killing features in your product.

Source: 201: How to Kill Features in Your Product

Authors: Steli Efti and Hiten Shah


Adam Risman (via Intercom): Airtable’s Andrew Ofstad on maintaining simplicity at scale

Andrew Ofstad explains why complexity slowly creeps up on product builders, and what we can do to preserve the original simplicity of a product.

Source: Intercom: Airtable’s Andrew Ofstad on maintaining simplicity at scale

Author: Adam Risman


(via Board of Innovation): The 9 Biggest Challenges for Corporates to implement Lean Startup

Arne Van Balen shares the nine biggest challenges for corporates to implement lean startup and 23 great best practices to tackle them.

Source: Board of Innovation: The 9 Biggest Challenges for Corporates to implement Lean Startup


Nir Eyal (via Medium): The Morality of Manipulation

The Morality of Manipulation
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Nir Eyal points at the consumer web industry as a manipulation business based on a wave of habit-forming technologies.

Source: Medium: The Morality of Manipulation

Author: Nir Eyal


Vince Law (via Hackernoon): WTF is Strategy?

WTF is Strategy?
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Vince Law provides a simple, yet comprehensive explanation of “strategy” as a concept.

Source: Hacker Noon: WTF is Strategy?

Author: Vince Law


The Essential Read


Andrew Kortina: Metrics, Incrementalism, and Local Maxima

Andrew Kortina observes now more often a failure pattern of becoming trapped in local maxima. It is easier to identify and measure metrics for short-term wins than for long-term investments.

Source: Metrics, Incrementalism, and Local Maxima

Author: Andrew Kortina


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Food for Thought#89 was first published at Age of Product.