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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📖 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

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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.

Source: Software Factory to Feature Factory

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.

Source: ThoughtWorks: ‘No Estimates’ is not the (only) Answer or: Moving towards Predictability

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.

Source: The Startup: Extreme Ownership for Software Engineering

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.

Source: ProdPad: Product Leadership: Autonomy, Alignment, and Psychological Safety

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.

Source: Developer & Designer Collaboration (in the Real World)

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.

Source: Medium: Working Backwards: A New Version Of Amazon’s “Press Release” Approach To Plan Customer-Centric Projects

Author: Jeff Gothelf

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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.

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