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TL; DR: The Costs of Agile β€” Food for Agile Thought #407

Welcome to the 407th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 48,702 peers. This week, Matt Rickard offers invaluable leadership lessons from his aerospace design experiences; Henrik MΓ₯rtensson explores the overlooked facets of the costs of Agile, and Jeff Langr and Nick Goede remind us that true agility stems from core values, not mere practices. Also, Chris Combe delves into the complexities of performance reviews in Agile settings. Moreover, once again, our lemon tries to measure Developer productivity.

Then, Austin Yang underscores the significance of the decision-making process over mere outcomes in product management, and Marty Cagan provides a roadmap from traditional product management to empowered product teams. Meanwhile, Jeff Gothelf points out the rare yet essential cross-functional collaboration in product discovery, emphasizing the combined effort of product management, design, and engineering.

Lastly, Lenny Rachitski and Bob Moesta dive deep into the JTBD framework, using captivating examples from Snickers and Milky Way. Also, John Davidson sheds light on the complexities of stakeholder alignment, sharing ten indispensable lessons. Meanwhile, Johanna Rothman navigates the murky waters of project estimations, presenting a variety of techniques and highlighting the unpredictability of timeframes.

Food for Agile Thought #407: Costs of Agile, Product Decision Spectrum, The Ultimate JTBD Guide, Stakeholder Alignment β€” Age-of-Product.com

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πŸ† The Tip of the Week

Matt Rickard: Akin’s Laws of Spacecraft Design

Matt Rickard shares insights and wisdom from personal mistakes to guide students in his senior Aerospace design class πŸš€ at the University of Marylandβ€”a treasure trove on leadership, building stuff, and project management.

πŸ‹ Lemon of the Week

(via McKinsey & Company): Yes, you can measure software developer productivity

The authors address the complexities of gauging developer productivity, a traditionally elusive metric, offering a β€œfresh approach,” qualifying them immediately for the lemon category.

➿ Agile & Scrum: Costs of Agile

Henrik MΓ₯rtensson: Interlude: The Cost of Agile

Henrik MΓ₯rtensson discusses the misconceptions about the costs of transitioning to Agile. While many companies focus on the expense of β€˜Agile transformation programs,’ they overlook deeper trade-offs, leading to missed potential benefits.

Jeff Langr and Nick Goede (via Industrial Logic): Prescriptive Agile: Stuck in Shu

Jeff Langr and Nick Goede emphasize that while many associate Agile with specific practices like Scrum, it’s actually a set of values and principles. Using particular techniques doesn’t guarantee agility; understanding and embodying Agile’s core principles does.

Chris Combe (via Medium): Agile performance reviews and compensation

Chris Combe addresses the challenge of individual performance reviews in cross-functional teams, noting the pitfalls of competitive behavior and the misalignment with Agile values. He stresses the need for leadership buy-in for systemic changes, highlighting the importance of balancing personal aspirations with team and organizational goals.

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🎯 Product

Austin Yang: Good decision, bad decision, indecision, and fake decision

Austin Yang emphasizes that informed decision-making, not just outcomes, is vital for product managers to avoid future pitfalls.

Marty Cagan (via Product-Led Alliance): Moving to the Product Operating Modell

Marty Cagan shares insights on moving successfully from a traditional product management approach to empowered product teams.

Jeff Gothelf: Who owns product discovery?

Jeff Gothelf stresses that while product discovery is ideally a collective effort of product management, design, and engineering, this cross-functional collaboration is seldom seen in practice.

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πŸ›  Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Lenny Rachitsky and Bob Moesta: πŸŽ™ The Ultimate Guide to JTBD

The Lenny Rachitsky interviews Bob Moesta, co-creator of the Jobs To Be Done framework, who shares insights from his vast experience, using Snickers and Milky Way as intriguing case studies. Discover best practices and pitfalls of the JTBD approach.”

(via UX Collective): Stakeholder Alignment

John Davidson highlights the challenges of securing stakeholder alignment and how easily agreements can unravel. He provides ten essential lessons on achieving alignment, emphasizing its importance in various contexts, from projects to personal decisions.

Johanna Rothman: How to Predict When the Team Will Complete a Specific Backlog Item

Johanna Rothman discusses the challenge of predicting when a specific feature set will start and complete, offering various estimation techniques, from detailed task breakdowns to Monte Carlo simulations, emphasizing the inherent uncertainty in such projections.

🎢 Encore

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Read more: Food for Agile Thought #406: Great Strategies Are Simplistic, Zen and Product Management, Hypotheses for Framing, Agile’s Value Focus .

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