Food for Agile Thought #287: The Systems Change Problem, Agile Death Spirals, Talking to Customers as a Dev, OKRs in Agile Infographic

TL; DR: The Systems Change Problem, Agile Death Spirals—Food for Agile Thought #287

Welcome to the 287th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 30,878 peers. This week, we address the systems change problem and that an ‘agile transformation’ is often no more than the first initiative to clear a path to introduce agile ways of working. Also, we explain the Haier Model—Rendanheyi, microenterprises, micro-communities, and ecosystems—in a short animation.

We then discuss the two first principles of continuous product discovery; we enjoy a war story from the trenches of product discovery at Victoria’s Secret, and we come back to the common idea that ‘prioritization’ is a trivial mechanical process run on autopilot. (Spoiler alert: it’s not that trivial.)

Lastly, we point at the elephant in the room: companies use unsuitable metrics to track their innovation efforts.

Food for Agile Thought #287: The Systems Change Problem, Agile Death Spirals, Talking to Customers as a Dev, OKRs in Agile Infographic — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: The Systems Change Problem

Kevin Starr (via Stanford Social Innovation): We’re Beating Systems Change to Death

Kevin Starr claims systems change is rather a destination than a journey and proposes an approach to getting there.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Jutta Eckstein and Hendrik Esser (via Agile Alliance): Escaping the Death Spiral of Your Agile Transformation

Jutta Eckstein, Eric Abelen, and Hendrik Esser claim that an ‘agile transformation’ is often no more than the first initiative to clear a path to introduce agile ways of working.

(via Corporate Rebels): 📺 Video Animation: How Haier Works

Corporate Rebels explain the Haier Model—Rendanheyi, microenterprises, micro-communities, and ecosystems—in a short animation.

Michael Sahota: Teal Organization: Do You Have What it Takes?

Michael Sahota reflects on Frederic Laloux’s idea of the ultimate high-performance organization and how to achieve that organizational success level.

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Teresa Torres and Hope Gurion: Why There’s No Single “Right” Way to Do Discovery: Part 3

Teresa Torres and Hope Gurion discuss the two first principles of continuous product discovery.

Jeff Gothelf: Selling underwear: How developers learned to love talking to customers

Jeff Gothelf shares a war story from the trenches of product discovery.

Rich Mironov: Prioritization Beyond Algorithms

Rich Mironov confronts us with the common idea that ‘prioritization’ is a trivial mechanical process run on autopilot.

📯 App Prototyping with Absolute Beginners – Creating a Shared Understanding of How Empiricism Works

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Barry O'Reilly: I’m Busting the Myths About Innovation Metrics

Barry O’Reilly points at the elephant in the room: companies use unsuitable metrics to track their innovation efforts.

Allan Kelly: ‘OKRs in Agile’ infographic

Allan Kelly shares Yoan Thirion’s infographic illustrating Allan’s book ‘Succeeding with OKRs in Agile.’

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #286: Rethinking Bad Decisions, Scrumban Is Not a Mere Hybrid, Product Discovery Excuses, Metrics Maturity.

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