TL; DR: Visual Collaboration, Rejecting Requests — Food for Agile Thought #273
Welcome to the 273rd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 29,133 peers. This week, we appreciate the merits of visual collaboration; we detail the path of agility from the team level to the organizational level, and we reflect on cost-saving with ‘Agile’ and its inherent trickiness.
We then delve into the differences between user stories and use cases; we share a hands-on guide on how to move toward a balanced, outcome-driven way of product development, and we embrace an approach that allows understanding which stakeholder requests to accept or reject—without burning bridges. We also welcome a set of 50 team building activities, games, and exercises from communication to collaboration to alignment and vision.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Visual Collaboration
3 Ways Visualization Drives Collaboration, Agility, and Inclusion:
Jeff Gothelf points at the benefits of collaborative visualization: quickly extracting different assumptions to figure out how to move on as a team with a shared understanding.
Agile & Scrum
(via InfoQ): Moving from Agile Teams towards an Agile Organization
Fernando Guigou details the path of agility from the team level to the organizational level.
Leading Agile): 📺 The Right Way to Think About Cost Savings with Agile(via
In this 8-min video, Mike Cottmeyer reflects on cost-saving with ‘Agile’ and its inherent trickiness.
How Agile Manages Out Innovation:
Liz Keogh suggests running experiments simultaneously, not sequentially, when facing complex problems.
SessionLab): 50 Team Building Activities to Improve Teamwork(via
James Smart put together a collection of team building activities, games, and exercises from communication to collaboration to alignment and vision.
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(via UX Magazine): User Stories vs Use Cases: How They Stack up
Patrick Joseph Downs delves into the differences between user stories and use cases.
(via Medium): A 4-Step Guide for Day-to-Day Product Discovery
Sophia Höfling shares a hands-on guide on how to move toward a balanced, outcome-driven way of product development.
Product Coalition): Tactfully Rejecting Feature Requests(via
Andrew Quan shares an approach that allows understanding which stakeholder requests to accept or reject—without burning bridges.
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