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TL; DR: Product Operating Model Template — Food for Agile Thought #440

Welcome to the 440th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 42,461 peers. This week, Andy Birds shares a product operating model template to enhance ROI and customer outcomes. Brendan Gregg critiques the impact of disruptive “brilliant jerks” in engineering, while John Cutler advocates for engagement over layoffs. Also, Alex Debecker shares Basecamp’s Shape Up methodology, and Murray Robinson discusses the commodification of methodologies.

Then, Itamar Gilad warns about the potential pitfalls of Generative AI in degrading product culture. Roger Martin critiques traditional strategic planning, emphasizing genuine strategic thinking. Moreover, Ant Murphy introduces innovative Product Backlog formats and management techniques, and Teresa Torres and Stephanie Leue discuss transitioning from a feature factory to continuous discovery.

Lastly, Dave Rooney suggests replacing Story Points with simpler metrics, such as counting completed user stories. Nočnica Mellifera warns against misusing DORA metrics as high-stakes personnel tools. Abi Noda and Tim Cochran also promote qualitative metrics for measuring developer productivity. Cameron Presley advocates for blameless postmortems to learn from failures. Finally, Benedict Evans discusses evolving AI use cases, considering its potential to manage complex tasks.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Product Operating Model Template

Andy Birds (via ThoughtWorks): How to create a product operating model to support product organization transformation

Andy Birds discusses transforming enterprises into product organizations by adopting a product operating model (POM) that prioritizes data-informed decisions, accelerates delivery, and enhances investment ROI by focusing on customer outcomes.

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➿ Agile & Scrum

Brendan Gregg: Brilliant Jerks in Engineering

Brendan Gregg discusses the detrimental impact of “brilliant jerks” in engineering, distinguishing between selfless and selfish types and advocating for company policies that do not tolerate such disruptive behaviors.

John Cutler: Why Aren’t We Talking About Continuous Improvement?

John Cutler reflects on his crisis with continuous improvement in tech, questioning the role of layoffs versus engagement in company transformations and advocating for a return to core principles like Kaizen.

Alex Debecker (via Mind The Product): 7 lessons from trialling Basecamp’s ‘Shape Up’ methodology

Alex Debecker shares insights from implementing Basecamp’s Shape Up methodology, highlighting its departure from traditional development, which does not involve Sprints or tasks and focuses on unified problem-solving.

Murray Robinson: The Way is Dead. Long live the Way!

Referring to an article by John Cutler, Murray Robinson explores the lifecycle of methodologies using Simon Wardley’s concept of commodification, illustrating the evolution from innovative practices to standardized methods across fields like Data, Business Agility, and DevOps.

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Itamar Gilad: What Does Generative AI Mean For Product Development?

Itamar Gilad examines the transformative impact and potential risks of Generative AI in product development, cautioning against its ability to degrade product culture and generate low-quality products quickly.

Roger Martin (via YouTube): 📺 A Plan Is Not a Strategy

Roger Martin argues that actual strategy involves stepping out of comfort zones, contrasting with common strategic planning, which often lacks genuine strategic thinking.

Ant Murphy (via YouTube): 📺 8 Different Ways to Organize your Product Backlog

Ant Murphy explores eight Product Backlog formats and advanced management techniques to enhance focus and improve outcomes, offering solutions for those overwhelmed by traditional tools like Jira.

Teresa Torres: 📺 Shifting from a Feature Factory to Continuous Discovery

Teresa Torres talks to Stephanie Leue, providing insights into shifting from a feature factory to a continuous discovery approach.

📈 Scrum Master Tasks: Let’s Bust Some Myths!

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Dave Rooney: Ultimately, There’s No Point!

Dave Rooney advocates for discarding Story Points in agile processes, emphasizing more straightforward metrics like counting completed user stories to boost productivity and value delivery.

Nočnica Mellifera (via The New Stack): The Wrong Way to Use DORA Metrics

Nočnica Mellifera examines the misuse of DORA metrics, meant to enhance developer enablement but often misinterpreted as high-stakes metrics for staffing decisions, highlighting the need for mindful application beyond mere numbers.

Abi Noda: Measuring Developer Productivity via Humans

Abi Noda and Tim Cochran emphasize qualitative metrics in measuring developer productivity. They argue that data from developers themselves offers a richer, more accurate measure of productivity than traditional system-based metrics. Their approach aims to understand productivity from the developers’ perspective, advocating for a human-centered metric system in organizational assessments.

Cameron Presley: Learning From Failures: Leveraging Postmortems for Good

Cameron Presley emphasizes learning from failures, advocating for postmortems that analyze outages without blaming to prevent recurring issues and continually improve systems.

🎶 Encore

Benedict Evans: Looking for AI use-cases

Benedict Evans discusses the evolving use cases for AI like ChatGPT, noting its capabilities and limitations and speculating on its potential to handle complex, multi-step tasks without specialized software for each.

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