Food for Agile Thought #161: Toyota Scrum, Lean vs. Agile vs. Design Thinking, XP Revisited, Sunk Cost Fallacy

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #161—shared with 19,269 peers—covers Toyota Scrum, a combination of the Toyota Production System and Scrum, we learn that Lean, Agile and Design Thinking absolutely make good partners, and how Ron Jeffries might express XP practices nowadays.

We then borrow leadership practices from winning sports teams for Scrum teams, we take five tips to heart to prevent product failures, and we gain new insight on how to de-risk the innovation process.

Lastly, we dive into a notorious decision making trap: the sunk cost fallacy.

Have a great week!

Food for Agile Thought #161: Toyota Scrum, Lean vs. Agile vs. Design Thinking, XP 2.0, Sunk Cost Fallacy



🏆 The Essential Read: Toyota Scrum

Nigel Thurlow and Ben Linders (via InfoQ): Scrum The Toyota Way

Nigel Thurlow shares his experience in combining Toyota’s Production System and Scrum at Toyota Connect.

We have learned that agility is hard, really hard. There is also no such thing as an agile transformation. We must stop doing agile and start enabling flow and shortening the feedback loops. Then we will become agile. (Agility is not the goal. It’s a result or an outcome.)

Agile & Toyota Scrum

Jeff Gothelf (via InfoQ): Lean vs Agile vs Design Thinking

Jeff Gothelf reconciles the perceived differences in Lean Startup, Design Thinking, and Agile software development.

Ron Jeffries: Thoughts: XP Revisited

Ron Jeffries on how he might express the practices of XP if he was to express them today.

Ron Eringa (via Scrum.org): Leadership Lessons for creating High Performing Scrum Teams

Ron Eringa finalizes his series on learnings from a research study what element the most successful sports teams have in common and how to transfer this to Scrum.

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Product & Lean

Lauren Barrett and Linda Luu (via ThoughtWorks): Why products fail: five tips for product teams

Lauren Barrett and Linda Luu analyze the reasons for product failures, including a list of leading and lagging indicators.

(via Board of Innovation): Effectively switching gears between the different phases of the innovation pipeline

Mike Pinder explains how to turn innovation into a viable undertaking by de-risking the process.

(via @BBC Capital): The trick to learning when to cut your losses

Madeline Grant elaborates on the sunk cost fallacy, a phenomenon which drives us to make bad decisions.

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