Food for Agile Thought #169: Agile Trust, Alignment, Disagree and Commit, Customer Development

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #169—shared with 20,091 peers—focuses on agile trust, or the lack thereof, how to disagree but commit effectively, and why a big change initiative may be advantageous in some cases.

We also dive deep into how to engage effectively in communication with your stakeholders without burning bridges, why idea velocity and execution velocity are two critical factors for a healthy product roadmap, and speaking of which: what continuous alignment with your stakeholders is all about.

Lastly, the good folks at Rootstrap made an epic ebook on customer development or product discovery publicly available. Kudos!

Have a great week!

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #168?

Food for Agile Thought #169: Agile Trust, Alignment, Disagree and Commit, Customer Development



🏆 The Essential Read

Ben Lee (via Rootstrap): 📖 The First 100 Course: Measure the strength of your idea with real customers.

Ben Lee shares a 195-pages ebook on customer development.

Agile Trust & Scrum

John Cutler (via Hackernoon): Why Don’t They Trust Us?

John Cutler reflects on agile trust and why most product teams are not entirely trusted to deliver a high-level outcome or solve a problem.

Julia Dhar (via TED Talks): 📺 How to disagree productively and find common ground

Julia Dhar offers three techniques to reshape the way we talk to each other so we can start disagreeing productively and finding common ground.

Allan Kelly: Money talks: A tale of two change programs

Allan Kelly advocates for piecemeal adoption of agile practices but also shares his learning that sometimes a big change might be the way to go.

📅 Hands-on Agile Webinar: Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns — November 27th, 2018

The tenth Hands-on Agile webinar on sprint retrospective anti-patterns covers twelve anti-patterns of the sprint retrospective—from #NoRetro to the dispensable buffer to UNSMART action items to a missing product owner.

Webinar Sprint Retrospective — Hands-on Agile Webinar #10

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Product & Lean

Sachin Rekhi: Engaging in Product Debates

Sachin Rekhi summarizes the benefits of healthy product debates and suggests how to collaborate with stakeholders.

Ross Mayfield (via Medium): Continuous Alignment of Product Management

Ross Mayfield suggests that achieving continuous alignment requires product management to make plans visible, celebrate problems as an opportunity, and collaboratively learn with stakeholders.

René Rosendahl (via pendo.io): Ideas are Screwing Up your Product Roadmap

René Rosendahl explains his concepts of idea velocity and execution velocity and what happens to your roadmap when there is a mismatch between both.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #168: Product Backlog 101, Experimentation Culture, LeSS vs. Nexus.

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