TL; DR: Popular Component Teams, Team Morale in WFH Times — Food for Agile Thought #266
Welcome to the 266th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 27,841 peers. This week, we attempt to understand the why and how of popular component teams; we choose new practices to build team morale remotely, and we confront our anxiety of having to deal with emotional reactions at work.
We then mourn the passing of product roadmaps (just kidding, they’re alive and well); we have a look at Spotify’s new platform supporting product discovery, and we gain a better understanding of how to determine the pricing of a SaaS product.
Lastly, we enjoy reading another free chapter of “The Art of Agile Development, Second Edition.”
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
Chapter 4: Investing in Agility:
James Shore makes another chapter of his new book, “The Art of Agile Development, Second Edition” available.
Agile & Scrum
Industrial Logic): Why Are Component Teams Still So Popular?(via
Joshua Kerievsky reflects on cross-functional teams, the popularity of components, and how this is affecting the strive for business agility.
Know Your Team | Blog): How to build team morale remotely(via
Claire Lew shares 12 practices for how to build team morale remotely in the long-term.
(via Radical Candor): Emotional Reactions At Work Are Awkward: Here's How To Deal
Radical Candor lists hands-on advice on how to deliver honest feedback and navigate emotional reactions.
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Product & Lean
Mind The Product): Roadmaps Are Dead. Long Live Roadmaps!(via
In this podcast, Janna Bastow delves into whether every product needs a roadmap and, if so, why a roadmap needs to be human-readable.
Spotify Engineering): Spotify's New Experimentation Platform (Part 1)(via
Johan Rydberg provides insight into Spotify’s new platform to support product discovery.
How to price your SaaS productand :
Patrick Campbell dissects the path to achieving the optimal pricing strategy.
📯 Cargo Cult Agile — A Checklist to Open the Discussion
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If running the cargo cult agile survey is the ‘inspection,’ then consider adapting your approach to being agile by kicking-off a discussion among the stakeholders of your organization’s endeavor.
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