Product

Assessment Template Details

Lean Agile Intelligence

Product

This template focuses on the best practices and characteristics of a high-performing Product team. Influenced by many Agile, Lean, and Product Management thought leaders, this template provides an opportunity for all Product team members to reflect and improve on the behaviors, qualities, and practices required of a high-performing Product team in today’s fast-moving business environments. This template is ideal for new and seasoned Product teams.

Ideal for

This template is ideal for new and seasoned Product teams.

Source Reference

Works of thought leaders that influenced the Practice and associated Agility State Criteria Statements.

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Questions/Practices by Practice Dimension

Value Driven

• Product Discovery
• Product Envisioning
• Product Knowledge
• Product Knowledge
• Product Strategy
• Team Backlog Refinement
• Team Focus on Value
• Team Product Backlog

Dynamics

• Team Accountability
• Team Safety
• Team Synergy

Quality

• Multi-Team DevOps
• Team Agile Architecture
• Team Definition of Done
• Team Focus on Quality

Adapt

• Scrum Team
• Team Daily Stand-Up
• Team Flow of Value
• Team Iterative Planning
• Team Product Demo
• Team Sustainable Pace

Improve

• Team Learning Culture
• Team Metrics
• Team Retrospective

Leadership

• Team Lead Facilitator
• Team Leadership
• Team Self-Organization

Practice Technique Criteria Example

Product Discovery

Starting

  • The team tests ideas in its production environment

Developing

  • The team regularly dedicates time to Discovery (i.e., design sprints, spikes, etc.) to explore potential solutions for customer problems 
  • The team uses Discovery activities to mitigate usability and feasibility risks
  • The team uses Design Thinking tools such as customer journey maps and personas to generate insights about customer problems

Emerging

  • Product managers, designers, engineering, and whoever else adds value collaboratively work on solution ideas during Discovery activities
  • The team uses hypotheses statements to express beliefs and assumptions in regards to customer problems, potential solutions, and customer outcomes
  • The team validates assumptions/hypothesis by measuring the outcome of experiments  
  • Data analytic skillsets exist within the team

Adapting

  • The team uses Discovery activities to mitigate the Product's value and viability risks
  • The team creates high-fidelity prototypes, not an early version of the Product, and presents them to real users to generate learnings 
  • Many ideas have been killed early on as a result of Discovery activities 
  • The same team members who participate in Discovery activities participate in the implementation
  • The team actively coaches other teams on advanced Product Discovery techniques

Optimizing

  • The team has a toolkit of different qualitative and quantitative Discovery techniques; which one is used depends on the learning required
  • Discovery is not a phase of a project; it is an ongoing activity
  • Thanks to the team’s success, influence, and commitment to knowledge sharing, the team’s advanced Product Discovery techniques been adopted throughout the enterprise and is considered a best practice supported by leadership