TL; DR: Scaling Ideas From Experiments, #hackerlaws — Food for Agile Thought #331

Welcome to the 331st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 34,627 peers. This week, we listen to Stephen J. Dubner interviewing the economist John List on the trickiness of scaling ideas from successful experiments to actual products and services, quitting, and his book “The Voltage effect.” We also revisit the idea that transformations towards “becoming agile” primarily fail amid a disregard for the first value of the Agile Manifesto. Moreover, we applaud Dave Kerr for aggregating a comprehensive list of helpful mental models for engineering and product development, from Brooks’s Law to YAGNI to Hanlon’s Razor.

We then suggest the “bait the hook, feed the fish” approach for stakeholder communication by adopting the mindset of a newsletter creator. Next, we provide an epic list of essays, videos, and books on the most critical journey of every new product: product/market fit. Also, we delve into the many hats a product manager is wearing, from road mapping to running experiments to being the user advocate, and we follow Kim Witten, who declares the Net Promoter Score ® “unscientific and meaningless” and suggests alternatives.

Lastly, we suggest abandoning the classic code review being a time-sink and switching to mob programming instead, and we list fifteen common behaviors of teams that successfully utilize data in their daily work, from healthy skepticism to killing features and experiments to grappling with uncertainty.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Scaling Ideas

John List (via Freakonomics): 🎙 Why Do Most Ideas Fail to Scale?

Stephen J. Dubner interviews the economist John List on the trickiness of scaling successful experiments, quitting, and his book “The Voltage effect.”

➿ Agile & Scrum

Timothy R. Clark (via Harvard Business Review): Agile Doesn’t Work Without Psychological Safety

Timothy R. Clark believes that transformations towards “become agile” primarily fail amid a disregard for the first value of the Agile Manifesto.

(via GitHub): 📖 Laws, Theories, Principles and Patterns that developers will find useful. #hackerlaws

Dave Kerr aggregated a comprehensive list of helpful mental models for engineering and product development, from Brooks’s Law to YAGNI to Hanlon’s Razor.

Svaťa Šimara (via Medium): Don’t do Code Review, try Mob instead

Svaťa Šimara suggests abandoning the classic code review being a time-sink and switching to mob programming instead.

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(via Department of Product): How to Send Internal Product Updates Stakeholders Will Read

Richard Holmes suggests the “bait the hook, feed the fish” approach for stakeholder communication by adopting the mindset of a newsletter creator.

Sachin Rekhi: Top 50 Resources on Product/Market Fit

Sachin Rekhi curated an epic list of essays, videos, and books on the most critical journey of every new product.

Oleg Yakubenkov: Product manager skills: Evolution of a PM role and its transformation

Oleg Yakubenkov delves into the many hats a product manager is wearing, from road mapping to running experiments to being the user advocate.

📯 How to Sabotage A Product Owner — 53 Anti-Patterns from the Trenches

One of my favorite exercises from my Professional Scrum Product Owner classes is how to best sabotage a Product Owner as a member of the middle management. The exercise rules are simple: You’re not allowed to use any form of illegal activity. So, outsourcing the task to a bunch of outlaws is out of the question. Instead, you are only allowed to use practices that are culturally acceptable within your organization.

Read on and learn more on how to best sabotage a Product Owner from the exercise results of more than twenty PSPO classes. (I edited the suggestions for better readability.)

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Kim Witten (via UX Collective): 10 reasons why NPS is BS (and what you can do about it)

Kim Witten declares the Net Promoter Score “unscientific and meaningless” and suggests alternatives.

John Cutler (via Amplitude): 15 Behaviors of Healthy, Data-Informed Product Teams

John Cutler lists fifteen common behaviors of teams that successfully utilize data in their daily work, from healthy skepticism to killing features and experiments to grappling with uncertainty.

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

Armand D’Angour (via History Hit): ‎🎙 The Ancients: Eureka! Innovation in Ancient Greece

In this podcast, Armand D’Angour ends the myth once and for all that ancient Greeks were uncreative and lacked innovation.

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