(Presentation from Spaces Summit 2019, bol.com)
Agile enables us to move away from the classical waterfall approaches, allowing more ownership and autonomy for the teams building products. This leads to higher velocity on building our products.
However, we are not there yet! We still have (hidden) "small waterfalls"! Products are defined by "business teams" (a.k.a.: "Business") and then implemented by "technical teams" (a.k.a.: "IT"). The result? Under-optimal agility and products flawed by design!
This talk is a call for action to stop these small waterfalls. I will focus on two specific points. First, teams must increase their technical leadership and safeguard the technical vision and design of their products. Second, the team working on the product must act as a single unit (not "Business" and "IT", but "Product Team"). Product Team owns the whole vision and design for the product. These are two essential elements to build what I call "well rounded product teams", which is key to achieve the true ambitions of Agile.
Presentation video here: https://youtu.be/ZeupQmwvoa0
Agile... we are not there yet! Let's get closer with
"well rounded product teams"
Eduardo da Silva (@emgsilva|[email protected])
We still have “Business” and “IT”
silos with “hidden waterfalls”
between each other
Silos & Hidden Waterfalls
How can we enable Business and Tech
working more closely together?
How can we reach that?
Dev + Ops = DevOps Teams (already WIP)
Why not DevOps + Biz = BizDevOps?
Aim: everyone moving on the same direction
at “high velocity” => truly
BizDevOps <=> Product Teams
“Product Team” (and product
organization) is becoming the term &
approach for such team setup
>> “team that owns the product”
Follow this model
Product Teams - Some Properties
Clear product goal and how to get there
Focus/obsess on customer value
Top-down Strategy & Bottom-Up / Emerging
Strategy (with Experimentation and
Tech Leadership is a core skill for
Tech-Savvy people within Product
Stop being “feature factories”... Look at big picture
Participate in the
Product "Why" and
Govern the product
Shiny tech is cool, but
Product value is cooler
Well Rounded Product Teams
What does it take? How can we start
Some Principles for building Well Rounded Teams*
Culture & WoW
* Company Leadership needs to support this, otherwise it will not work!
People & Collaboration
Products & Projects
From “YBIYRIYLI” to “You own it, you make it shine”
“Product Team” owns the product
life-cycle “end-to-end” from
“idea” to all the necessary
activities to “make it shine”
Team goal: “What shall we do next
to improve our product”
More on this in:
img src: https://memeguy.com/photo/307170/when-youre-asked-to-join-a-team-project-you-know-nothing-about