Food for Agile Thought’s issue #159—shared with 19,054 peers—covers the agile industrial complex and its fake-agile distortion field, according to Daniel Mezick, we kick-off new Scrum teams, and we advocate to manage the flow of work, not people.
We also appreciate another success story from the continuous product discovery field, supported by a proven & tested reference idea funnel, and ask: is Design Thinking merely preserving the status quo?
Lastly, we address agile sensemaking—a visualization of working and learning in a state of perpetual beta.
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🏆 The Essential Read
The Agile Industrial Complex: People As Resources:
Daniel Mezick claims that the whole community is meanwhile driven by money, selling a fake-Agile distortion field to executives.
Agile & Scrum
The Liberators): We kick-started three Scrum Teams with this awesome string of Liberating Structures(via
Christiaan Verwijs details how he and his co-facilitator organized the kick-off of three brand-new Scrum teams.
the agile sensemaking model:
Harold Jarche believes that working and learning in perpetual beta—constant change while getting things done—requires agile sensemaking.
(via Agile Advice Blog): On Managing Work – Not People
James Steele advocates focussing on managing the flow of work to improve predictability and effectiveness, not the people involved.
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Product & Lean
The Idea Funnel – Love the Problem:
Ash Maurya shares a reference idea funnel that he has run across bootstrappers, startups, and corporate innovation teams.
Product Talk): Creating a Sustainable Continuous Discovery Practice at CarMax [Case Study](via
Teresa Torres shares another success story from the product discovery field—CarMax.
(via Harvard Business Review): Design Thinking Is Fundamentally Conservative and Preserves the Status Quo
Natasha Iskander notes that design thinking privileges the designer above the people she serves, thus limiting participation in the design process.
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