Food for Agile Thought #251
TL; DR: Software Factory Syndrome, Product Discovery — Food for Agile Thought #251
Welcome to the 251st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,781 peers.
This week, we analyze the software factory syndrome; we apply Jocko Willink’s leadership principles to writing software, and we point at the elephant in the #noestimates room.
We then follow a CEO’s take on the importance of empowerment of product teams; we check the approach of a cross-functional team’s real-world collaboration model, and we learn about the next version of the future press release concept for (product) risk mitigation.
Lastly, we thank Jeff Patton for providing another helpful free ebook on how to figure out what is worth building. Spoiler alert: 85-plus percent of all startups get this wrong.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
📖 Jeff Patton: Product Discovery Recipes
Jeff Patton shares a free 20-page PDF on how to figure out what is worth building.
Source: 📖 Product Discovery Recipes
Author: Jeff Patton
Agile, Scrum & the Software Factory Syndrome
Software Factory to Feature Factory
Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick delve into the Taylorist’s mindset and the resulting unfavorable outcome.
Inger Dickson (via ThoughtWorks): ‘No Estimates’ is not the (only) Answer or: Moving towards Predictability
Inger Dickson points at the obvious: there are stakeholders with questions that need answers.
Author: Inger Dickson
Payne Miller (via The Startup): Extreme Ownership for Software Engineering
Payne C. Miller applies Jocko Willink’s leadership rules to software development.
Author: Payne C. Miller
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Product & Lean
Janna Bastow (via ProdPad): Product Leadership: Autonomy, Alignment, and Psychological Safety
Janna Bastow shares her take on contemporary product leadership by empowering teams.
Author: Janna Bastow
John Cutler: Developer & Designer Collaboration (in the Real World)
John Cutler shares the approach of a real-world collaboration model of a cross-functional team.
Author: John Cutler
Jeff Gothelf (via Medium): Working Backwards: A New Version Of Amazon’s “Press Release” Approach To Plan Customer-Centric Projects
Jeff Gothelf iterates on future press release approach to risk mitigation for product launches.
Author: Jeff Gothelf
📯 Speaking Truth to Power 2.0 — Taking A Stand as an Agile Practitioner
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Food for Agile Thought #251: Software Factory Syndrome, Product Discovery, Contemporary Product Leadership, Future Press Release 2.0 was first published on Age-of-Product.com.