Food for Agile Thought #132: Agile Fluency ™ Model, Late Projects, Picking Battles, Brilliant Jerks

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #132—shared with 15,184 peers—covers the latest version of the Agile Fluency ™ Model. Moreover, we learn why we are particularly bad at planning projects of all kind, and how visualizing with LEGO® may add to your organization’s bottom line.

We also find out how to deal with brilliant jerks and other difficult people as well as picking your battles in general.

Lastly, we appreciate a lesson on how to deal with legacy organizations that embrace innovation mostly verbally.

Have a great week!

Food for Agile Thought #132: Agile Fluency ™ Model, Late Projects, Picking Battles, Brilliant Jerks

🏆 The Essential Read

James Shore, Diana Larson and Martin Fowler: Revised version: The Agile Fluency™ Model

James Shore and Diana Larson published the long-awaited second version of the Agile Fluency™ model.

Agile Fluency ™ & Scrum

(via Freakonomics): Here’s Why All Your Projects Are Always Late — and What to Do About It

Stephen Dubner dissects the “planning fallacy,” and “optimism bias,” as well as the usual dose of overconfidence when it comes to planning, deadlines, and budgets.

Joe Wright: Tracking where your time went with LEGO® workstream visualisation

Joe Wright provides another example of useful visualization, adding to your team’s productivity and the company’s bottom line.

(via Forbes): A Guide To Dealing With Difficult People

Given that organizations are not free of brilliant jerks, Chris Cancialosi’s guide is a handy manual if you need to deal with them.

📯 Agile Audit: How Is Your Agile Transition Progressing?

Feedback loops have proven invaluable for any undertaking where value needs to be delivered, and risk requires to be mitigated. I am convinced that this fundamental agile principle applies not only to creating products and services but to any agile transition as well.

Learn how to start feedback loops in the form of agile audits based on the Agile Fluency ™ model for the benefit of your organization and its teams alike.

Agile Audit How Is You Agile Transition Progressing

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Product & Lean

(via The Clever PM): When Push Comes to Shove – Picking Your Battles

The Clever PM elaborates on the subtleness of corporate conflict, red flags, and when to opt for living to fight another day.

Lucia Adams (via Mind The Product): How to Innovate in Organisations That Don't Like Failure

Lucia Adams shares her experience why large organizations love the idea of innovation but struggle with reality.

Steven Sinofsky: New Things In New Ways, or Same Old Things In Old Ways?

Steven Sinofsky—board partner @a16z—shares a framework for evaluating the innovations in your product’s portfolio of features and technologies.

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Read more: Food for Agile Thought #131: Make Agile Happen, Distributed Teams, Roadmap Questions.

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