Food for Agile Thought’s issue #133—shared with 15,436 peers—explains why agile Taylorism — or introducing ‘agile’ by a command and control — is a futile approach. We also learn that competing and collaborating do not have to be mutually exclusive while becoming a learning organization.
We get a better understanding how continuous product discovery works in practice, how to avoid triggering your customers’ resistance to (product) changes, and why Geoffrey Moore might have been wrong.
Lastly, we enjoy the opportunity to learn more about becoming agile in distributed teams—with a free ebook courtesy of InfoQ.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
Farnam Street): Company Culture, Collaboration and Competition: A Discussion With Margaret Heffernan(via
Shane Parrish interviews Margaret Heffernan about leadership, conflict, and how to inspire the transition to a collaborative, learning organization.
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Agile Taylorism & Scrum
Responsive Advisors): One Shocking Thing Many Agile Coaches Are Getting Wrong(via
Jordan Job details why coaching agility by the means that worked so well for General Motors in the 1920ies — agile Taylorism, so to speak — is an ill-fated attempt.
Scrum.org): Visualising Scrum Values(via
Steve Trapps created an exercise around scrum values that has potential to become a valuable team metric over time.
InfoQ): Distributed Agileand (via
Reading tip: A free download of an ebook by John Okoro and Hugo Messer on becoming agile with distributed teams.
📯 Reverse Retrospective — Aligning Scrum Team and Scrum Master
Are you—as a scrum master or agile coach—experiencing more communication kerfuffles with “your” team? Is its speed of improvement stalling? Are you under the impression that the team is slipping back into old habits and patterns? Maybe, it is time to run a reverse retrospective where your share your observations with the team.
Product & Lean
What a Good Continuous Discovery Team Looks Like:
Teresa Torres shares an interview with two former coachees who turned practitioners of product discovery detailing how their daily work has changed.
Intercom): Navigating the complexity of change aversion(via
Cindy Chang reports on a recent redesign project at Intercom and how her team managed to overcome the expected resistance by the users.
Product Management Buzz): It’s Not a Chasm; It’s a Continuum: A Deeper Look at Everett M. Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovation Theory(via
Paula Gray explains the original model of innovation which Geoffrey Moore used when writing ‘Crossing the Chasm.’ If you haven’t yet read Moore’s classic now would be a good time.
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