Food for Agile Thought #231: Liberating Structures, Tyranny of the Measurable, Beautiful Mess of Change, #NoOKRs Team Objectives

TL; DR: Liberating Structures, Beautiful Mess—Food for Agile Thought #231

Welcome to the 231st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 25,467 peers. This week, we learn about Liberating Structures and change for everyone; we point at the perils of measuring a complex reality, and we get a better understanding of where business agility is heading.

We also enjoy John Cutler’s excursion into embracing change successfully; we gain insight into three ways of making decisions in complex situations, and we listen to why OKRs may not provide the right objectives for a product team.

Lastly, we look back at the evolution of Haier’s organizational model and how self-organization and refrigerators go hand-in-hand.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #230?

Food for Agile Thought #231: Liberating Structures, Tyranny of the Measurable, Beautiful Mess of Change, #NoOKRs Team Objectives

🏆 The Tip of the Week

Keith McCandless (via Medium): Liberating Structures: Change Methods for Everybody Every Day

Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless provide a comprehensive introduction to Liberating Structures.

Agile & Scrum

Itamar Goldminz (via The Ready): Ending the Tyranny of the Measurable

Itamar Goldminz points at the perils of measuring a complex reality.

Diana Larsen and Shane Hastie (via InfoQ): 🎙 Diana Larsen on the Origins of Agility and Agile Fluency

Shane Hastie interviews Diana Larsen about the origins of what became agile development, where business agility is heading, and the agile fluency project.

(via Corporate Rebels): Evolve Or Die

Bram van der Lecq looks back at the evolution of Haier's organizational model in the light of intrapreneurship and self-organization.

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Product & Lean

John Cutler (via Mind The Product): 📺 The Beautiful Mess

In this talk, John Cutler explains how we must all embrace ‘the beautiful mess’ and learn to navigate change to be more successful.

Rushabh Doshi (via The Startup): 3 Frameworks For Making Complex Decisions

Rushabh Doshi introduces three decision-making approaches beyond the usual suspects.

Marty Cagan: Team Objectives — Overview

Marty Cagan decided to recommend OKRs no longer.

📯 27 Sprint Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams

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Read more: 27 Sprint Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams.

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