Food for Agile Thought #147: Business Agility by Scaling Agile, Beyond Budgeting, How to Say No

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #147—shared with 17,882 peers—addresses business agility and what is required to make it happen. We learn that merely scaling ‘agile’ is not the path as business agility also needs changes of a different nature. Overcoming the traditional budgeting process, for example.

Speaking of which, Steve Denning contributes ten axioms that make traditional managers anxious; ridiculing ‘agile’ is no longer an option to deal with it.

Lastly, we borrow six tips to handle demanding stakeholders without burning bridges, and we learn which low-hanging fruits to pick to make an excellent first impression as a newly hired product manager.

Have a great week!

Food for Agile Thought #147: Business Agility by Scaling Agile, Beyond Budgeting, How to Say No

🏆 The Essential Read

Inês Almeida (via Medium): Scaling Agile is not the Path to Business Agility

Inês Almeida looks back at the innovations ‘agile’ brought. However, she also notes that the innovation engine has moved on.

Business Agility & Scrum

Steve Denning (via Forbes): Ten Agile Axioms That Make Managers Anxious

Steve Denning notes that the era when managers could confidently ridicule agile management practices is fading fast.

(via Corporate Rebels): Self-Management At Vagas: Zero Functional Hierarchy, No Targets, And Powerful Consensus

The Corporate Rebels portrait Vagas — Brazil’s market leader in e-recruitment — as an outstanding example of a progressive organization.

Franz Röösli (via Beyond Budgeting Institute): Beyond Budgeting is needed to achieve business agility

Franz Röösli claims that enterprises cannot achieve business agility without changing the budgeting process and the underlying mindset.

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Learn how to create whiteboards: Whiteboards are magic as they support foundational agile principles such as interaction, collaboration, face-to-face communication, or transparency. They facilitate adapting to change, continuous improvement, and the self-organization of team. You can create meaningful software with a few index cards, pins, pencils, and a drywall—you do not need Jira or any other agile process tools.

Create Whiteboards for Transparency and Collaboration

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Product & Lean

Mike Cohn: Saying No to Stakeholders: 6 Tips for Product Owners

Mike Cohn shares six guidelines how you can say no politely but firmly.

Liz Love (via ProdPad): Make an impact as a New Product Manager in just 30 Days

Liz Love suggests to take on the product backlog — the #1 low-hanging fruit for new product managers.

Jeffrey Phillips: Two answers you need to improve innovation success

Jeffrey Phillips points at a crucial mistake that executives and innovators make: Ignoring the probably missing alignment of discovery and strategy.

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