TL; DR: Conflict Fear, Tough Conversations — Food for Agile Thought #219
Food for Agile Thought’s issue #219—shared with 24,328 peers—focuses on how to handle tough conversations and overcome conflict fear. We also appreciate a team-building canvas based on core protocols.
We then educate ourselves on the different stances of the Product Owner role; we give skipping the minimum viable product a second thought, and we embrace one more time the benefits of transparency to build trust.
Lastly, we enjoy a short lesson from the trenches on how holacracy works.
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InfoQ): How I Tried Holacracy and Lived to Tell the Tale(via
Sandy Mamoli shares from her successes and failures in her team’s quest to create a self-organizing organization, what worked and what didn’t.
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Agile & Scrum: Conflict Fear
99u): 8 Ways to Flip Your Fear of Conflict(via
Emily Ludolph describes eight steps of how to stop being scared of disagreements and make them productive.
On Having the Tough Conversations:
Len Lagestee shares a simple framework on how to prepare yourself — the coach — for the inevitable dreaded disputes to come.
Want an Awesome Team? Start With You.:
Richard Kasperowski proposes the team transformation canvas—based on core protocols—to facilitate a fast individual and team boot-up.
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Product & Lean
(via Scrum.org): Stances of the Product Owner
Robbin Schuurman and Chris Lukassen created a new training class for Product Owners, detailing the path of becoming professional in their role.
Fast Company): It’s time to stop designing “minimum viable products”(via
In this excerpt from his new book, John Maeda reveals how the increased customer expectation in new products came to be, probably leading to the demise of the MVP.
How to Make Product Decisions With Transparency and Trust:
Ellen Gottesdiener points at the benefits product managers can create by creating transparency and trust with their teams.
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