TL; DR: Prioritization Politics, Experiments w/ POPCORN — Food for Agile Thought #336
Welcome to the 336th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 34,938 peers. This week, we share a deep dive into the challenges of prioritization politics — as we product folks consider ourselves analytical and algorithmic — and the friction this causes with other stakeholders, namely “the business.” Hesitantly, we also point to a eulogy on #Taylorism, and we learn from Catherine Louis how her experience as a K9 handler and a search-and-rescue technician helped her coach teams live up to their potential.
We then introduce John Cutler’s POPCORN Flow, a ”framework for thinking about improvement experiments.” Moreover, Marty Cagan explains the essence of being in “product” by pointing at a long-thought lost Steve Jobs interview, and Janna Bastow interviews Melissa Perri on the secrets that create successful Product Ops teams.
Lastly, we analyze “21 lessons on the uses, abuses, and half-truths of the measuring innovation” and point to the pitfalls of a typical “transformation” that often starts with killing psychological safety in the opening phase. Finally, we close this week’s edition with a collection of PM memes starring Spiderman, Dilbert, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: The Prioritization Politics Problem
Prioritization is a Political Problem as Much as an Analytical Problem:
Rich Mironov shares a deep dive into the challenges of being analytical and algorithmic—as we product folks consider ourselves to be—and the friction this causes with other stakeholders, namely “the business.”
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Medium): In 1911, a genius revealed a forgotten science of how to be 50x more productive without working more hours(via
Michael Simmons writes a eulogy on #Taylorism. Admittedly, I was hesitant to consider this article as it glorifies something so damaging in knowledge work. However, let’s break out of our confirmation bubble.
🎙 How to Make Your Current Team Your Best Teamand :
Richard Kasperowski interviews Catherine Louis on how her experience as a K9 handler and a search-and-rescue technician helped her coach teams to live up to their potential.
Cultural Transformation in a Nutshell:
Michael Sahota points to the pitfalls of a typical “transformation” that often starts with killing psychological safety in the opening phase.
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Making Things Better (With Enabling Constraints and POPCORN):
John Cutler introduces “POPCORN Flow, a framework for thinking about improvement experiments.”
The Nature of Product:
Marty Cagan explains the essence of being in “product” by pointing at a long-thought lost Steve Jobs interview, which is very much worth watching.
Steve Jobs: Designing a product is keeping 5000 things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want. And every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently.
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Janna Bastow interviews Melissa Perri on the secrets that create successful Product Ops teams. Don’t miss Janna when she joins Hands-on Agile #42 on May 30th.
Medium): 7 Different Product Roadmap Formats(via
Ant Murphy lists different types of product roadmaps, from Now-Next-Later to Theme to Customer Journey Roadmaps.
📯 28+2 Sprint Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams
Welcome to the Sprint anti-patterns article from my series on Scrum anti-patterns, covering the three Scrum roles—pardon me: accountabilities—and addressing the contributions of stakeholders and the IT/line management. Moreover, I add some food for thought. For example, could a month-long Sprint be too short for accomplishing something meaningful? And if so, what are the consequences?
🛠 Tools & Measuring
Forbes): 21 Lessons In Measuring Innovation: Truth Is Often The First Casualty(via
Steve Denning shares “21 lessons on the uses, abuses, and half-truths of the measuring innovation” when managers try to understand progress.
✂️ Cutting Room Floor
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Pranav Khanna lightens your mood with a collection of PM memes starring Spiderman, Dilbert, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
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