TL; DR: Large Scale Agility, Silos & Politics — Food for Agile Thought #248
Welcome to the 248th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,751 peers. This week, we learn to assess agile coaches regarding their competence for large scale agility; we integrate chaos into the organization, and we have a look at 32 Jira competitors.
We then come back to product work beyond the product-market fit threshold; we learn how to use cohort analysis to forecast revenue, and we listen to the maestro of innovation: Is it an art form or a craft?
Lastly, we are grateful for Ryan Dawson and Laura Edwards shedding some light on an unpleasant topic: silos, local optimization, and politics.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
Common Misconceptions About Large Scale Agility:
Michael James promises that paying attention to this video pays off: You will be able to call B.S. on 90% of Agile Coaches.
Agile, Large Scale Agility & Scrum
(via The Better Working World Project): Integrating Chaos: Building Resilient Organizations with Chaos Theory
Paul Millerd talks about Fredrick Taylor, knowledge work, cogs in the machinery, fragility, and how to build resilience.
(via InfoQ): Silos, Politics and Delivering Software Product
Ryan Dawson & Laura Edwards analyze the relationship many technical teams have with politics—inevitable or incompetence of others?
(via Codegiant): 32 Best Jira Alternatives For Agile Project Management Teams In 2020 [Free & Paid]
If Jira seems disappointing to you and your team, you may discover the best Jira alternatives in this comprehensive overview of competitors.
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Product & Lean
Reforge): Product Work Beyond Product-Market Fitand (via
Casey Winters and Fareed Mosavat dissect the different kinds of product work, and not all product work is equal.
How to forecast key product metrics through cohort analysis:
Oleg Yakubenkov shares his approach to building audience and revenue forecasts for your product using cohort analysis.
Boston Consulting Group): The Art of Innovation: a Conversation with Steve Blankand (via
In this interview, Martin Reeves and Steve Blank discuss the lean startup method, strategic ambidexterity, and the disruption and re-imagination of companies in the context of the COVID crisis.
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