Food for Agile Thought #265: Predictability, Team Alignment & Self-Organization, Futures Wheel Planning, Alternative Futures Analysis

TL; DR: Predictability, Team Alignment — Food for Agile Thought #265

Welcome to the 265th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 27,728 peers. This week, we delve into why large organizations undertake agile transitions; it’s predictability, stupid! We also embrace the importance of team alignment, and we apply the concept of critical core components to self-organization.

We then come back to (strategic) planning with two helpful tools: the Futures Wheel and the ‘alternative futures analysis.’ Also, we support the idea that our main objective should be solving problems instead of focusing on adhering to previously defined processes if those distract from the solutions.

Lastly, we applaud Dolly Chugh for pointing at 15 ways to make our virtual meetings better and more inclusive.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Predictability

Mike Cottmeyer (via Leading Agile): 🎙 The Physics of Agility: Predictability

Mike Cottmeyer points at the core of what large organizations demand from an agile transition: Predictability, Quality, Cost Savings, Early ROI, Product Fit, or Innovation.

Agile & Scrum

Stefano Mastrogiacomo (via Strategyzer): The Essential Common Ground For Highly Effective Teamwork

Stefano Mastrogiacomo details what team alignment is about and why it is critical to team performance.

Manuel Küblböck (via Medium): The critical core components of self-organized companies

Manuel Küblböck applies the concept of critical core components to self-organization.

Dolly Chugh (via TED Talks): How to have more inclusive meetings over Zoom

Dolly Chugh shares 15 ways to make your virtual meetings better and more inclusive.

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Product & Lean

Jeff Gothelf: Optimize your process for decision-making, not dogma

Jeff Gothelf advocates solving problems instead of focusing on adhering to previously defined processes if those distract from the solutions.

Barry O'Reilly: Systemic Effects: the Overlooked Key to Effective Strategic Planning

Barry O'Reilly describes one of his preferred tools to handle systems' complexity by visualization—the Futures Wheel.

(via Product Coalition): Become a Product Visionary with Alternative Futures Analysis

Blake Bassett shares an analytic technique from the intelligence community to explore possible future scenarios.

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