Food for Agile Thought #290: Design Thinking Scrum, Product vs. Project Teams, Agile Leadership Practice Library, Disrupting Disrupters

TL; DR: Design Thinking Scrum—Food for Agile Thought #290

Welcome to the 290th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 31,083 peers. This week, we delve into Design Thinking Scrum, and we note that most frameworks pay a lot of attention to decision making, less, though, to understanding decisions. We also share the agile leadership practice library, and we point at the12th principle of the Agile Manifesto: A self-managing team also needs to be a self-learning team.

We then point at the advantages of product teams over project teams, and we learn when and how to get involved with Lean, Agile, and Design Thinking regarding your product lifecycle. Moreover, we enjoy describing a hiring process based on auditioning, not interviewing, the best candidates.

Lastly, we appreciate ThoughtWork’s latest version of its tech radar, and we ask: Who Disrupts the Disrupters?

Food for Agile Thought #290: Design Thinking Scrum, Product vs. Project Teams, Agile Leadership Practice Library, Disrupting Disrupters — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Takeshi Yoshida (via Medium): 📺 Why Design Thinking + Scrum Makes a lot of Sense

Takeshi Yoshida explains why he is a big fan of Design Thinking and Scrum.

➿ Agile & Scrum

John Cutler: Decision Making vs. Decision Understanding

John Cutler notes that most frameworks pay a lot of attention to decision making, less, though, to understanding decisions.

Mattias Skarin (via Crisp): Introducing: The Agile Leadership Practice Library

Mattias Skarin shares the agile leadership practice library, a system approach to leading, answering the question “how do I lead through others?”

Andy Cleff: Six Steps to Self Learning Teams and Organizations

Andy Cleff points at the12th principle of the Agile Manifesto: A self-managing team also needs to be a self-learning team.

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🎯 Product

Marty Cagan: Product vs. Project Teams

Marty Cagan summarizes the differences between project teams and product teams and wonders why so many project teams are still around, given the advantages of product teams.

The signs of project teams are plain to see: teams of mercenaries, slow velocity, little to no innovation, ballooning technical debt, no ownership of results, orphaned projects, and blame directed everywhere.

Ash Maurya: Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Agile? There is a Bigger Thing Happening

Alejandra Gonzalez shares her take on when and how to get involved with Lean, Agile, and Design Thinking regarding your product lifecycle.

Packy McCormick: Who Disrupts the Disrupters?

Packy McCormick delves into the mechanics of disruption and believes that Web3 could disrupt today’s tech giants.

Brad Dunn (via Product Coalition): Why We Don’t Interview Product Managers Anymore

Brad Dunn describes a hiring process that is based on auditioning the best candidates.

📯 Data-Informed Retrospectives

In their book Agile Retrospectives, Esther Derby and Diana Larsen popularized the idea that a Sprint Retrospect comprises five stages. The second stage refers to gathering data so that the Scrum Team can have data-informed Retrospectives.

As I have observed in practice, many Scrum Teams either limit the data gathering part of the Retrospective, thus lacking vital information. Or they invest too much time doing so, leaving little capacity to analyze the data and come to conclusions on how to best improve as a team.

Read on and learn how you can avoid falling victim to both scenarios by gathering data continuously and asynchronously.

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Learn more: Data-Informed Retrospectives.

🛠 Tools & Measuring

Crystal Widjaja (via Reforge): Scaling Data: Data Informed to Data Driven to Data Led

Crystal Widjaja details the path to scaling data for startups.

(via ThoughtWorks): Technology Radar Vol. 24

ThoughtWorks released the latest version of its tech radar.

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