TL; DR: Kodak’s Shirley Cards, Dark Side of Metrics — Food for Agile Thought #318

Welcome to the 318th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,565 peers. This week, we tell the story of a lack of diversity and its consequences for humanity, photography, and product design: Kodak’s Shirley Cards. Also, we share a long list of improv games to support team building and help prevent burnout and fatigue, and we point at five possible values you could provide when asked for an estimate, from optimistic to risk-averse to worst-case estimates.

We then ask whether uncertainty might establish a better foundation for product discovery and product design, and we listen to Melissa Perri interviewing John Cutler on the importance of product education. Moreover, we advocate thinking of ‘time as a blade, a tool that can sharpen focus and trim waste,’ detailing Honeycomb’s approach to planning, and we reflect on how to overcome the annual planning waste while pointing at the reasons continuous planning fails in practice.

Lastly, we name the dark side of metrics: Companies expose themselves to metric corruption when optimizing those at the cost of all else, and we share an epic list of resources to further your change agent skills.

Food for Agile Thought #318: Kodak’s Shirley Cards, Prediction & Uncertainty in Product, Change Agent Leadership, Dark Side of Metrics — Age-of-Product.com

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(via 99% Invisible): 🎙 Shirley Cards

In this episode, Kai McNamee tells the story of a lack of diversity at Kodak and its consequences for humanity, photography, and product design.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Tom Connor (via Medium): Change Agent Leadership and Facilitation​

Tom Connor shares an epic list of resources to further your change agent skills.

James Smart (via SessionLab): 22 great improv games for better collaboration (and fun!)

James Smart curated a long list of improv games to support team building and help prevent burnout and fatigue.

Mike Cohn: The Five Possible Estimates and Which One Your Team Should Use (Free Video Training)

Mike Cohn points at five possible values you could provide when asked for an estimate, from optimistic to risk-averse to worst-case estimates.

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🎯 Product

Heli Rantavuo (via epicpeople): Facing the Future in Product Development: Prediction and Uncertainty in Decision Making

Heli Rantavuo asks whether uncertainty might establish a better foundation for product discovery and product design.

Melissa Perri and John Cutler (via Produx Labs): 🎙 Episode 40: Identifying Patterns in Product

In this podcast, Melissa Perri interviews John Cutler on the importance of product education.

Megan Gleason (via Honeycomb): Cut Out Time Estimates on Roadmaps: Get Into a Product Delivery Rhythm

Megan Gleason advocates thinking of ‘time as a blade, a tool that can sharpen focus and trim waste,’ detailing Honeycomb’s approach to planning.

John Cutler: Annual Planning (Wicked Problem)

John Cutler reflects on how to overcome the annual planning waste while pointing at the reasons continuous planning fails in practice.

📯 The Agile Metrics Survey 2021

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Therefore, we ran an extensive survey throughout 2020 and 2021 with more than 1,000 participants from all walks of agility: the Agile Metrics Survey 2021.

With the Agile Metrics Survey 2021, we present the first results and conclude with some thoughts about possible application scenarios of our instrument as well as possible next steps in our research.

Agile Metrics Survey 2021 — Berlin Product People GmbH

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Kate Moran and Page Laubheimer (via Nielsen Norman Group): Campbell’s Law: The Dark Side of Metric Fixation

Kate Moran and Page Laubheimer point at the dark side of metrics: Companies expose themselves to metric corruption when optimizing those at the cost of all else.

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