TL; DR: Ethical Agile Coaching, Best Practice Cult—Food for Agile Thought #278
Welcome to the 278th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 30,189 peers. This week, we delve into ethical agile coaching; we investigate whether being agile is necessary but not sufficient for being lean, and we learn why best practices can be harmful and why we, nevertheless, like following them.
We then reveal a shocking truth: most great product teams follow a system that resembles Waterfall to launch new innovative features. We also look at how agile practices have influenced and changed product management since the publication of the Agile Manifesto, and we point at the answer to the question of what makes for a healthy product culture.
Lastly, we appreciate Dave Snowden’s reflection on the nature and challenges of organizational change, employing a mapping metaphor.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Ethical Agile Coaching
InfoQ): Draft Published of the Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching, and (via
The Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative has published a draft code of ethics that aims to raise agile coaching standards.
➿ Agile & Scrum Product Goal
Mind The Product): You Can’t be Lean Unless You’re Agile(via
Janna Bastow claims that being agile is necessary but not sufficient for being lean.
The Cult of Best Practice:
Dominik Krejcik dissects why best practices can be harmful and why we, nevertheless, like following them.
Cognitive Edge): On organisational change(via
Dave Snowden reflects on the nature and challenges of organizational change, employing a mapping metaphor.
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Reforge): Scaling Product Delivery: The ‘Dirty’ Secret of High Performing Product Teamsand (via
Andy Johns and Matt Greenberg reveal a shocking truth: most great product teams follow a system that resembles Waterfall to launch new innovative features or products repeatably.
How Agile Has Changed Product Management:
Roman Pichler looks at how agile practices have influenced and changed product management since the publication of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development 20 years ago.
What Makes A Strong Product Culture?:
Ken Norton addresses the question of what makes for a healthy product culture.
🛠 Tools & Measuring
Okay Software): Engineering productivity can be measured – just not how you'd expect(via
Antoine Boulanger predicts that engineering teams will adopt a data-driven management mode during the next years.
(via Product School): Measuring Product Success with Pinterest Head of Growth
In this Q&A session, Seth Weisfeld answers questions on properly measuring success and the secrets behind great growth product managers.
📯 23 Product Owner Anti-Patterns from Job Ads: The Snitch, the Whip, the Bookkeeper, the Six Sigma Black Belt™
Like a job ad for a Scrum Master position, the equivalent for the Product Owner position also reveals excellent insight into an organization’s progress on becoming agile. Yesterday, I analyzed 60-plus randomly selected job ads from the UK, the US, and Germany for that purpose. Learn more about what makes job ads such a treasure trove with the following 23 Product Owner anti-patterns.
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