TL; DR: Successful Product Development — Food for Agile Thought #368
Welcome to the 368th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 36,252 peers. This week, we delve into the importance of opportunity, output, outcome, and impact for successful product development. Moreover, we describe a step-by-step process on how to identify and subsequently also rectify dysfunctions within organizations. Then, Farnam Street points at essential leadership lessons from Michael Abrashoff’s book ‘It’s Your Ship,’ from rewarding risk-takers to skipping commend-and-control to letting go of your ego.
Also, referring to Astro Teller, CEO of Google’s moonshot factory, Annie Duke describes ways that help to kill innovation projects responsibly, and Marty Cagan defines the foundation of empowered product teams concerning customers, stakeholders, and engineers. Additionally, we advocate that using Gherkin as a notation for user stories will significantly improve communication with engineers.
Finally, Julie Zhuo lists five values of being data-informed, from accepting probabilities to setting verifiable goals, and we share an approach to answering a classic leadership question on the nature of a metric’s plunge. Also, given the turbulent week at Twitter, Lenny Rachitsky interviews Matt Mochary on how to best approach layoffs without botching the process and killing culture and innovation with one stone.
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Tension – Help your organization focus on successful outcomes:
Jeff Patton delves into the importance of opportunity, output, outcome, and impact, as well as tensions and unexpected implications, for product development.
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(via Medium): Dysfunction Mapping; A tool for effective Agile Coaching
Michael Lloyd describes a step-by-step process on how to identify and subsequently also rectify dysfunctions within organizations.
(via Farnam Street): Lessons on Leadership: Michael Abrashoff on Turning the Worst Ship in the Navy into the Best
Farnam Street cites essential leadership lessons from Michael Abrashoff’s book ‘It’s Your Ship,’ from rewarding risk-takers to skipping commend-and-control to letting go of your ego.
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Behavioral Scientist): Mental Models to Help You Cut Your Losses(via
Referring to Astro Teller, CEO of Google’s moonshot factory, Annie Duke describes ways that help to kill innovation projects responsibly.
Silicon Valley Product Group): The Foundation of Product(via
Marty Cagan defines the foundation of empowered product teams concerning customers, stakeholders, and engineers.
(via Medium): Gherkin for Product Owners, or how to communicate efficiently with engineers
Alberte Mozo advocates that using Gherkin as a notation for user stories will significantly improve communication with engineers.
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Medium): The Data-Informed Manifesto(via
Julie Zhuo lists five values of being data-informed, from accepting probabilities to setting verifiable goals.
Medium): Master the Classic Question: ‘What Does a Dip in the Metrics Mean?’(via
Todd Lewandowski shares his approach to answering a classic leadership question on the nature of a metric’s plunge.
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Lenny Rachitsky interviews Matt Mochary on how to best approach layoffs should those become inevitable.
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