TL; DR: Overcoming Team Limits, The Mediocrity Trap—Food for Agile Thought #295
Welcome to the 295th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 31,527 peers. This week, we delve into overcoming team limits with Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum. We also dive into an adjacent topic: Team-building in organizations that double the employee count at least yearly, and we analyze some psychological issues that might interfere with the core of agility.
We then share ten compelling reasons why to stay out of meh work. Moreover, we reflect on the necessity of loving your customer’s problem, not your solution, and we embrace a comprehensive primer on how innovators can use the JTBD framework to create successful products.
Lastly, we appreciate a new academic paper on the effectiveness of Scrum teams.
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Medium): Why it’s difficult to build teams in high growth organisations(via
Jason Yip delves into a critical topic: Team-building in organizations that double the employee count at least yearly.
(via InfoQ): Inspect & Adapt – Digging into Our Foundations of Agility
Sven Ihnken analyzes some psychological issues that might interfere with the core of agility.
(via Agile Alliance): From Pyramid to Communities: How a Pharma Company Reinvented Themselves Using Scrum
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The Mediocrity Trap:
John Cutler shares ten compelling reasons why to stay out of meh work.
Your Product is Not Their Problem:
Steve Blank reflects on the necessity of loving your customer’s problem, not your solution.
(via Strategyn): The Official Jobs-to-be-Done Playbook
Strategyn shares a comprehensive primer on how innovators can use the JTBD framework to create successful products.
📯 The Oversized Product Backlog Problem — Making Your Scrum Work #11
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🛠 Tools & Measuring
A Theory of Scrum Team Effectiveness:
Christiaan Verwijs co-authored a new academic paper, available for free.
Precoil): How To Map Risk With A Mission Model Canvas(via
David J Bland demonstrates how to use Mission Model Canvas for the benefit of a mission-driven organization.
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