Food for Agile Thought #282: Self-Organization Does Not Work, Tools Don’t Matter, Projects to Products (Ebook), 3 Ways to Agile Product Creation

TL; DR: Self-Organization Does Not Work, Tools Don’t Matter—Food for Agile Thought #282

Welcome to the 282nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 30,507 peers. This week, we learn why self-organization does not work when your goal is creating a high-performance organization. We receive a free ebook on how to shift an organization’s focus from projects to products, and we ask: How much lean is in today’s “Agile?”

We then figure out how to breathe life into your Product (Development) Backlog by removing all ideas from it; we get advice on dealing with the executor, the manager, and the visionary among founders, and we address product managers’ obsession with tools.

Lastly, we discuss pragmatic, proven, and sometimes counter-intuitive approaches to develop faster.

Food for Agile Thought #282: Self-Organization Does Not Work, Tools Don’t Matter, Projects to Products (Ebook), 3 Ways to Agile Product Creation — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Michael Sahota: Autonomous, Self-Organizing Teams Don’t Work

Michael Sahota believes that autonomous self-organizing teams are damaging for creating a high-performance organization.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Gene Kim: Project to Product Transformation

IT Revolution provides a free ebook on how to shift an organization’s focus from projects to products. The ebook requires creating a free account.

Michael Mahlberg and Johanna Rothman (via Agile Alliance): How Much Lean is in Today’s “Agile”?

Johanna Rothman and Michael Mahlberg noticed very little lean thinking in many supposedly agile endeavors. What is behind this discovery?

(via InfoQ): Momentum > Urgency and Other Counter-intuitive Principles for Increasing Velocity

Elisabeth Hendrickson discusses pragmatic, proven, and sometimes counter-intuitive approaches to develop faster.

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🎯 Product

Liz Love (via ProdPad): 3 Ways to Introduce an Agile Product Development Process

Liz Love details how to breathe life into your Product (Development) Backlog by removing all ideas from it—your Product Backlog is about delivering, not discovery or ideation.

Shaw Li: Practical Advice for Product Managers Working With Early Stage Startup Founders.

Shaw Li shares hands-on advice on dealing with the executor, the manager, and the visionary among founders. (The know-it-all is missing, though.)

Mario Moreira: Requirements Tree: Focusing your efforts on the highest value work

Mario Moreira suggests visualizing various requirements with a tree-shape structure to create a shared understanding among team members.

🛠 Tools & Measuring

Ken Norton: The Tools Don't Matter

Ken Norton addresses product managers’ obsession with tools, noting that tools are overrated compared to other success factors.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #281: Product-Led Companies, #NoProjects, 80/20 Rule for Product Managers, Root Cause Analysis.

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