Food for Agile Thought’s issue #112—shared with 11,952 peers—focuses on scaling agile pitfalls, particularly in complex systems.
We also have a look at Sam DeBrule’s giant resource list for product and design that makes being a product mensch a bit simpler and more exciting.
Lastly, there is a new blog post available: How to up your game as a product owner. (The PO anti-patterns should be familiar with many scrum teams.)
Have a great week!
🏆 The Tip of the Week
Hacker Noon): Why Isn’t Agile Working?(via
John Cutler visualizes a couple of core concepts to explain why ‘Agile’ can fail.
Scaling Agile Pitfalls
Hacker Noon): Scaling Without Imploding(via
John Cutler points at early warning signs, continuous improvement, and (the right kind of) discipline when it comes to ‘scaling.’
Scaling in complex systems:
Dave Snowden reflects on scaled ‘Agile’ frameworks and their varying degrees of absurdity.
Weeks of coding can save hours of planning:
John Yorke borrows from Lean manufacturing to explain software development’s worst waste: overproduction.
(via McKinsey & Company): How to create an agile organization
McKinsey reports from its recent McKinsey Global Survey and shares statistics on organizational agility.
📯 From the Blog: The Scrum Product Owner Anti-Patterns
If you are working as a product owner, there is — very likely — room for improvement. I curated this list of the most common product owner anti-patterns to help you up your game.
If you like to improve on those you recognize why don’t you ask the scrum master and the team for support? The product owner anti-patterns list is a good starting point for a retrospective.
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Product & Lean
Medium): The Ultimate List of Product & Design Resources to Understand the Tech Ecosystem(via
Sam DeBrule provides an enormous resource list for everyone who creates products.
This Keystone Habit Will Fuel the Rest of Your Continuous Discovery Habits:
Teresa Torres explains why regular interviewing is a keystone habit for continuous product discovery.
First Round Capital): How Facebook’s VP of Product Finds Focus and Creates Conditions for Intentional Work(via
Facebook’s Vice President of Product on how to focus if you need to juggle many important projects and priorities.
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