TL; DR: Spotify Model Fallacy, Remote Discovery—Food for Agile Thought #239
Welcome to the 239th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,242 peers. This week, we point again at the Spotify Model fallacy; we understand the importance of empowered engineers to break out of the feature factory paradigm, and we put the org chart into the spotlight, the gateway to realizing change.
We also learn how to continue our product discovery efforts in today’s world of virtual communication; we look at the roots of innovation, and we are relieved that design sprints are open again for business—with a remote working guide from the maestro himself.
Lastly, we embrace an epic list of remote working resources, courtesy of InfoQ.
Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #238?
🏆 The Tip of the Week: Spotify Model Fallacy
Failed #SquadGoals: Spotify doesn’t use “the Spotify model” and neither should you.:
Jeremiah Lee looks back at his time at Spotify and analyzes why the Spotify squad model ultimately failed Spotify.
Agile & Scrum
InfoQ): Working Remotely: Good Practices and Useful Resources(via
Shane Hastie and Charles Humble aggregated a treasure trove of remote working good practices and resources.
The Most Important Thing:
Marty Cagan picks the one thing to change a team’s way of working — the one which the most significant lever.
epicpeople): The Org Chart as Political Map-Makingand (via
Jasmine Chia and Sam Hagen analyze the nature of org charts, a critical structural element for any change agent.
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Product & Lean
Mind The Product): 🎙 Remote Discovery(via
In this podcast, Teresa Torres shares how to make sure that you continue incorporating discovery into your practice.
Farnam Street): Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Key to Innovation(via
Shane Parrish delves into innovation, from the not-invented-here syndrome to stealing ideas to Shakespeare.
The Remote Design Sprint Guide:
Jake Knapp provides a step-by-step manual to organize design sprints with distributed teams in a virtual setting.
📯 Remote Agile (Part 6): Sprint Planning with Distributed Teams
We started this series on remote agile with looking into practices and tools, followed by exploring virtual Liberating Structures, and how to master Zoom. We had a look at common remote agile anti-patterns, and we analyzed remote Retrospectives based on Liberating Structures. This sixth article now dives into organizing a remote Sprint Planning with a distributed team: practices, virtual Liberating Structures, and lessons learned.
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|💯 June, 2020||Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English)||Berlin||€1,499 incl. 19% VAT|
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- 🆕 Remote Agile (1) Replay: Practices and Tools for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Product Owners.
- Scrum Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns.
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