TL; DR: Back to Agile Roots, Zoom’s Bad Rep—Food for Agile Thought #236
Welcome to the 236th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,031 peers. This week, we explore how the adoption of Agile outside the software industry may have cut the agile roots; we are pleased to learn that Zoom’s CEO got the memo, and we embrace Strategy Knotworking to inspect and adapt our plans in uncertain times.
We also reflect on how to best deal with difficult people; we oppose the idea that tech, design, and product are infighting factions, and we learn more about genuine innovation beyond mercenary engineers implementing stakeholder requirements.
Lastly, we applaud Shane Parrish for pointing at the obvious: that merely excelling at one thing might prove to be tricky in a VUCA world.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Future Remote Work
Lean Agile Brighton): 📺 Doctrine, Domesticity and Delinquency; Returning Agile to the Wild(via
In this talk, Dave Snowden asks whether Agile is all lost or if we can get back the original inspiration of the Agile Manifesto.
Agile Roots & Scrum
Zoom): A Message to Our Users(via
Zoom’s founder and CEO promises to deal with the privacy issues starting immediately.
The Liberators): Moving Forward in a New and Uncertain World(via
Barry Overeem shares how The Liberators applied Liberating Structures’ Strategy Knotworking to inspect the present and adapt to the new circumstances.
Farnam Street): Preserving Optionality: Preparing for the Unknown(via
Shane Parrish advocates that — as the future gets harder to predict — preserving optionality allows us to pivot when the road ahead crumbles.
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Product & Lean
The Role of Technology:
Marty Cagan delves into software is eating the world, mercenary engineers, roadmaps of stakeholder requirements, and genuine innovation.
Dealing with Difficult Emotions in Product Management:
Roman Pichler reflects on how to learn dealing with difficult people constructively.
Product Coalition): ‘Product vs Design vs Tech’: A Partnership, not a Battlefield(via
Anthony Murphy shares his take on what high performing product teams look like.
📯 Remote Agile (Part 3): Mastering Zoom
In this third post of the Remote Agile series, we address the tool at the heart of working with a distributed team as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, or Product Owner: Zoom. While Zoom is an excellent video conference application—particularly for larger groups of twelve or more attendees—by all standards, its killer feature is breakout rooms. Turning a more or less passive audience into engaged collaborators where everyone is included and has a voice makes the difference between a successful facilitator and someone who fails to adapt to a new situation. Let’s have a look at what mastering Zoom is all about.
Read more: 📅 🖥 Remote Agile (Part 3): Mastering Zoom.
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