TL; DR: Making Room, web3 Product Management — Food for Agile Thought #330

Welcome to the 330th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 34,562 peers. This week, we point out the importance of saying no to make room for tackling high-value adhoc/new activities. Also, we delve into how to change the way you respond to challenges by embracing a whole ‘body yes.’ We then explore the origins of low-quality code and what you can do to avoid accruing technical debt as a consequence, and we shed light on the problem of unwarranted confidence because a heuristic has served you well forever. (Until it doesn’t.)

We then share an epic guide on what web3 is, its pros and cons, and how web3 may become an opportunity for your product career. Also, we have eleven tips on improving communication with your engineers, from including them early to respecting their BS detector, and we learn how to switch into survival mode as a product mensch when your company is about to go belly-up.

Lastly, we revisit “real OKRs,” try to regain control over your calendar, freeing up time for critical issues, and ask: Is a Scrum certificate a sound investment for your career?

Food for Agile Thought #330: Making Room for New Things, web3 Product Management, Talking to Engineers, Survival Roadmapping— Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

John Cutler: Making Room For New Things

John Cutler points out the importance of saying no and ditching “other things” to make tackling high-value adhoc/new activities feasible.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Shane Hastie (via InfoQ): 🎙 Improving Software Engineering Practices using Essence

Shane Hastie interviews Ian Spence on the benefits of applying a pattern language instead of a complete framework or method.

So what most teams do when they adopt a new practice, is take two days to learn, two months to screw it up, two years to abandon it. And when it goes wrong, it won’t be their fault. It’ll be the practices fault, and they’ll gayly move on to the next one.

Diana Chapman (via Farnam Street): 🎙 Trusting Your Instincts

Shane Parrish interviews leadership coach Diana Chapman on how to change ‘the way you respond to challenges, understanding where you are in the drama triangle so you can eliminate drama, and the power of the whole body yes.’

Tim Ottinger and Jeff Langr (via Industrial Logic): Why Bad Code Exists

Jeff Langr and Tim Ottinger delve into the origins of low-quality code and what you can do to avoid accruing technical debt as a consequence.

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🎯 Product

Lenny Rachitsky and Jason Shah: A product manager’s guide to web3

Jason Shah, Head of Product at Alchemy, web3’s AWS so-to-speak, shares an epic guide on what web3 is, its pros and cons, and how web3 may become an opportunity for your product career.

J.A. Becker (via Medium): Survival Roadmapping: Surviving in a failing company.

J. A. Becker shares his take on how to switch into survival mode as a product mensch when your company is about to go belly-up.

Simón Muñoz (via Mind The Product): Effective communication with software engineers

Simón Muñoz shares eleven tips on how to improve communication with your engineers, from including them early to respecting their BS detector.

🎓 Scrum Certification: Is It a Sound Investment for Your Career?

Do you need a Scrum certification to become good at what you do? Not really. It took me nine years after I started working in this industry to get my first certificate.

What are the benefits then of having a Scrum certification ? Well, becoming certified by a recognized Scrum certification organization such as Scrum.org is sound investment advice, as documented by the Scrum Master Salary Report 2022: There is a statistical correlation between your remuneration and the certificates you hold.

Also, prospective clients and employers use, for example, PSM and CSM as search terms on LinkedIn. Scrum certificates are hence an affordable way of signaling competence and dedication. However, be smart about where to become certified and avoid investing in Scrum certificates that have no brand recognition.

Scrum Certification: Is It a Sound Investment for Your Career? Age-of-Product.com

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Christina Wodtke: Are You Sure You Want to Use OKRs?

Christina Wodtke provides a simple introduction to “real OKRs,” not one of the cargo cult versions you may have come across recently.

Rich Mironov: Calendar Reviews

Rich Mironov shares a worthwhile approach to gaining control over your calendar, freeing up time for critical issues.

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

Scott Alexander: Heuristics That Almost Always Work

Scott Alexander delves into the problem of unwarranted confidence because a heuristic has served you well forever. (Until it doesn’t.)

📅 Scrum Training Classes, Workshops, and Events

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