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.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
Autonomous, Self-Organizing Teams Don’t Work:
Michael Sahota believes that autonomous self-organizing teams are damaging for creating a high-performance organization.
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Project to Product Transformation:
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Agile Alliance): How Much Lean is in Today’s “Agile”?and (via
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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ProdPad): 3 Ways to Introduce an Agile Product Development Process(via
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.
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.)
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
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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