Food for Agile Thought’s issue #164—shared with 19,635 peers—focuses on successful behavioral patterns of servant leaders, the reasons why change at an organizational level is so hard, and how to cherry-pick existing agile scaling frameworks from SAFe® to Nexus and LeSS.
We also learn from Trello’s example how to scale a product organization, what path Buffer chose to create their new minimum lovable analytics tool, and that distributed teams do not stand in the way of building excellent products.
Lastly, we follow Dave West when he outlines the five most pressing challenges of agile transformations and how to deal with them.
Have a great week!
🏆 The Essential Read: Servant Leaders
Farnam Street): The Mental Habits of Effective Leaders(via
In this interview, Jennifer Garvey Berger and Shane Parrish touch a lot of the areas servant leaders like Scrum Masters or agile coaches should be familiar with—from mental models to dealing with complexity to listening and making others feel great.
Agile & Scrum
A Different Take on Agile Scaling:
Robert Galen mined some of the most popular scaling frameworks for useful patterns to support an organization’s need to scale agility.
InfoQ): Managing to the Next Century — The Five Big Things for Agile Transitions(via
Dave West analyzes why the move to agile is a much more fundamental change than the mere adoption of a new methodology or process framework.
(via Corporate Rebels): The 5 Barriers To Organizational Change (According To Harvard Professor Moss Kanter)
Rosabeth Moss Kantor defines five main barriers to change: from ‘not my job’ to ‘what will be my place two years from now?’
Webinar #9: Sprint Review Anti-Patterns — November 6, 2018
The ninth Hands-on Agile webinar on sprint review anti-patterns addresses twelve anti-patterns of the sprint review—from death by PowerPoint to side-gigs to none of the stakeholders cares to attend.
Download your invitation now: Webinar #9: Sprint Review Anti-Patterns — November 6, 2018.
Product & Lean
Buffer): Product Scope: The Path to a Minimum Lovable Product(via
Tom Redman shares the story how his team built a brand new social analytics solution—Buffer Analyze.
Mind The Product): How do you Make Product Management Work Effectively in a Distributed Team?(via
Tim Herbig reflects on the challenge of distributed teams: breaking free from existing paradigms or amplifying existing weaknesses?
First Round Capital): Trello’s Product Lead on the Unique Ramp to a 10-Person Product Org(via
Nikita Dyer Miller shares her insights into leading a product team from scrappy early-stage startup to a company with processes that can scale.
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