TL; DR: Novelty Uncertainty — Food for Agile Thought #355
Welcome to the 355th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,721 peers. This week, we delve into dealing with novelty uncertainty by acquiring knowledge as we move forward in a process at the heart of all agile practices. Moreover, we analyze the mechanics of how innovation moves from the fringes to the core of an organization, and we explain Richard Feynman’s seven “tricks for evaluating information.” Also, we lay out the challenges and opportunities of distributed teams, from ‘management by talk around’ to tools and practices.
Then, we explore ways of “how to go from charts and numbers to a story that will move your stakeholders” and share the principles of how engineering and product collaborate at Intercom for the benefit of customers, for example, by involving the engineers from the start. Additionally, we explore the general relationship between engineering and product management and share lessons learned, for instance, earn respect first as a product manager before you become technical.
Finally, we thank IT Revolution Press for attempting to explain the practice of creating Wardley Maps. Noorisingh Saini leads us through calculating, interpreting, and improving the lifetime value of your SaaS customers, while Natalie Rothfels, Ely Lerner, and Behzod Sirjani bust customer churn myths, from its supposed unavoidability to wrong assumptions. Lastly, Greg Satell points to a typical disadvantage of large organizations regarding innovation: “it’s often just easier to fall in line than to engage in vigorous debate.”
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Novelty Uncertainty
Trial and Error, Part 1:
Jerry Neumann delves into dealing with novelty uncertainty by acquiring knowledge as you move forward in a process at the heart of all agile practices.
➿ Agile & Scrum
Stanford Social Innovation): The Adoption of Innovationand (via
Benjamin Kumpf and Emma Proud analyze the mechanics of how innovation moves from the fringes to the core of an organization.
Farnam Street): Evaluating Information: Find the Signal in the Noise(via
Shane Parrish explains Richard Feynman’s seven “tricks for evaluating information.”
(via Management 3.0): Leading Distributed Agile Teams
Stefan Mintert and Jens Thiemann lay out the challenges and opportunities of distributed teams, from ‘management by talk around’ to tools and practices.
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IDEO U): Data and Storytelling for Strategic Alignment(via
Justin Massa explores ways of “how to go from charts and numbers to a story that will move your stakeholders.”
Intercom): Intercom’s product principles: Shaping the solution to maximize customer value(via
Levent Ali shares the principles of how engineering and product collaborate at Intercom for the benefit of customers, for example, by involving the engineers from the start.
Medium): Engineering and product management(via
Joca Torres explores the relationship between the two parties and shares lessons learned, for example, earn respect first as a product manager before you become technical.
📯 Agile Micromanagement — Seriously? Making Your Scrum Work #27
There are plenty of failure possibilities with Scrum. Indeed, given that Scrum is a framework with a reasonable yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone. For example, the Scrum Guide clearly states the importance of self-management at the Scrum team level. Nevertheless, the prevailing cause of many messed-up attempts to use Scrum result from what I call agile micromanagement, a pseudo-commitment to agile principles only to be overridden whenever it seems beneficial from a stakeholder’s or manager’s perspective.
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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
(via IT Revolution Press): How to Wardley Map
IT Revolution Press attempts to explain the practice of creating Wardley Maps.
(via Amplitude): How to Calculate & Interpret SaaS LTV
Noorisingh Saini leads you through calculating, interpreting, and improving the lifetime value of your SaaS customers.
Reforge): Trying To Reduce Churn Rate? Avoid These 3 Common Myths, and (via
Natalie Rothfels, Ely Lerner, and Behzod Sirjani bust customer churn myths, from its supposed unavoidability to wrong assumptions.
✂️ Cutting Room Floor
How Consensus Kills Innovation:
Greg Satell points to a typical disadvantage of large organizations: “it’s often just easier to fall in line than to engage in vigorous debate.”
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