Food for Agile Thought #266: Popular Component Teams, Team Morale in WFH Times, Roadmaps Are Dead, Experimentation at Spotify

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.”

Food for Agile Thought #266: Popular Component Teams, Team Morale in WFH Times, Roadmaps Are Dead, Experimentation at Spotify — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

James Shore: Chapter 4: Investing in Agility

James Shore makes another chapter of his new book, “The Art of Agile Development, Second Edition” available.

Agile & Scrum

Joshua Kerievsky (via Industrial Logic): Why Are Component Teams Still So Popular?

Joshua Kerievsky reflects on cross-functional teams, the popularity of components, and how this is affecting the strive for business agility.

Claire Lew (via Know Your Team | Blog): How to build team morale remotely

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

Janna Bastow (via Mind The Product): Roadmaps Are Dead. Long Live Roadmaps!

In this podcast, Janna Bastow delves into whether every product needs a roadmap and, if so, why a roadmap needs to be human-readable.

Johan Rydberg (via Spotify Engineering): Spotify's New Experimentation Platform (Part 1)

Johan Rydberg provides insight into Spotify’s new platform to support product discovery.

Lenny Rachitsky and Patrick Campbell: How to price your SaaS product

Patrick Campbell dissects the path to achieving the optimal pricing strategy.

📯 Cargo Cult Agile — A Checklist to Open the Discussion

Do you want to know the state of agility in your organization? Here we go: Download the checklist, distribute it generously among your colleagues, and run a quick poll. It will only take 5 minutes of their time–and then analyze their feedback. If the average number of checkboxes marked is higher than nine, then you are probably practicing cargo cult agile in one form or another.

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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🇬🇧 Mar 9-10, 2021Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English)Berlin€1,399 incl. 19% VAT
🇬🇧 April 13-14, 2021Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English)Berlin€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

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

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