TL; DR: Underperforming Dev Team, PO vs. PM Madness — Food for Agile Thought #317
Welcome to the 317th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,471 peers. This week, we share advice on how to support an underperforming dev team. Moreover, we listen to Richard Kasperowski and Woody Zuill talking about leadership, and we reflect on the agile mantra of failing fast. Could it be wrong?
We then delve into the Product Manager vs. Product Owner debate; we express concern about the rise of the third class beyond makers and managers in product teams: the process people, and we share Teresa Torres’ first version of her 2022 conference list.
Lastly, we explain three simple ways of getting a grip on splitting user stories, and we point out a surprising truth: the number of people needed for an interview study is often smaller than expected.
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Dealing with an Underperforming Development Team:
Roman Pichler shares his advice on how ‘product people can deal with an underperforming development team and help the group improve.’
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🎙 The Best Leader Is the One Who Leads Without Authorityand :
In this second part of the interview, Richard Kasperowski and Woody Zuill talk about leadership.
Failure Cultures Reward failure:
Chris Matts has come to believe that the agile mantra about failing fast is wrong: the goal or focus of an agile team is not to fail but to create value for customers.
Corporate Rebels): Flat Organizations: Companies Do NOT Need Middle Managers(via
Joost Minnaar dives into the discussion of flat organizations without middle management.
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(via UX Collective): The PO vs. PM Madness
Afonso Franco delves into the Product Manager vs. Product Owner debate.
Marty Cagan expresses concern about the rise of the third class beyond makers and managers in product teams: the process people.
2022 Product Conference List:
Teresa Torres shares the first version of her 2022 conference list. Is your favorite conference missing? No worries, just help them extend the list for the benefit of the community.
📯 Maximizing Utilization, Ignoring Slack Time — Making Your Scrum Work #22
There are plenty of failure possibilities with Scrum. Since Scrum is an intentionally incomplete framework with a reasonable yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone. For example, what if the focus of the organization is on the maximizing utilization of the “workers” of the Scrum teams? What if the organization is still stuck deeply in industrial paradigm thinking, ignoring the benefits of slack time for the creation of value in the field of knowledge work?
Join me and delve into the effects of this outdated management principle in 60 seconds.
🛠 Tools & Measuring
Nielsen Norman Group): How Many Participants for a UX Interview?(via
Maria Rosala points out a surprising truth: the number of people needed for an interview study is often smaller than expected.
(via Medium): Splitting Stories – Three Easy Ways
Steve Bishop explains three simple ways of getting a grip on splitting user stories.
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