Food for Agile Thought #295: Overcoming Team Limits, Pharma Success Story w/ Scrum, The Mediocrity Trap, Your Product is Not Their Problem

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.

Food for Agile Thought #295: Overcoming Team Limits, Pharma Success Story w/ Scrum, The Mediocrity Trap, Your Product is Not Their Problem — Age-of-Product.com

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➿ Agile & Scrum

Jason Yip (via Medium): Why it’s difficult to build teams in high growth organisations

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

Sami Lilja, Jarkko Kailanto, Marita Saanila-Sotamaa report on a Scrum success story in a strictly regulated environment and with lengthy development cycles.

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John Cutler: The Mediocrity Trap

John Cutler shares ten compelling reasons why to stay out of meh work.

Steve Blank: 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

There are plenty of failure possibilities with Scrum. Given that Scrum is a framework with a reasonable yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone. Neglecting the critical Scrum artifact for continuous value creation is one of the common Scrum anti-patterns. If your Scrum Team strives to make your customers’ lives easier Sprint after Sprint, beware of the oversized Product Backlog.

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The Oversized Product Backlog Problem — Making Your Scrum Work #11 — Age-of-Product.com

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Christiaan Verwijs: A Theory of Scrum Team Effectiveness

Christiaan Verwijs co-authored a new academic paper, available for free.

David J Bland (via Precoil): How To Map Risk With A Mission Model Canvas

David J Bland demonstrates how to use Mission Model Canvas for the benefit of a mission-driven organization.

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