Food for Agile Thought’s issue #193—shared with 22,168 peers—revisits story points and velocity; we get an idea on how to spot cargo cult agile, and we learn more about how to overcome the industrial age at the organizational level by getting rid of hierarchical structures.
We also learn five techniques on how to garden disruptive ideas in a hostile environment; we dive into mental models and biases and how they influence corporate decision making, and we brush up our knowledge on what product-market-fit is and how to achieve it.
Lastly, we listen to Gitte Klitgaard, who points at the importance of feeling safe to leave your comfort zone if you want to 10X your learning experience.
Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #192?
🏆 The Essential Read
InfoQ): Feeling Safe to Be Uncomfortable(via
Gitte Klitgaard passionately opposes the notion that psychological safety prevents us from learning.
Agile, Story Points & Scrum
Story Points Revisited:
Ron Jeffries reflects on the state of story points, pointing at the numerous misuses in the name of predictability.
Forbes): Understanding Fake Agile(via
Steve Denning identifies cargo cult Agile—from SAFe to stalled journeys to ‘Agile-lite.’
(via Corporate Rebels): 5 Steps To A Progressive Organizational Structure
Corporate Rebels propose five ways of creating progressive organizational structures suited to overcome the outdated hierarchical approach that most companies still rely on.
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Product & Lean
How To Prevent Breakthrough Ideas from Being Rejected:
Joe Brown lists five approaches to save potentially disruptive ideas before organizational antibodies start killing them off.
Medium): Behavioral Economics and Corporate Strategy(via
Charles Lambdin delves into the latest findings on how mental models and biases influence corporate decision making.
Holloway): Fundamentals of Product-Market Fit(via
Andy Sparks shares an excerpt from the upcoming ‘Guide to Raising Venture Capital’ wrapping up the issue nicely.
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