Food for Agile Thought #296: Rebels Spark Ideas, Agile Rituals for Hyper-Growth, CSPO Pathology, Collaborative Product Decisions

TL; DR: Rebels Spark Ideas, CSPO Pathology—Food for Agile Thought #296

Welcome to the 296th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 31,704 peers. This week, we acknowledge that rebels spark ideas, and we consider whether OKRs can restore purpose to agile teams and free them from the tyranny of the Product Backlog. Moreover, we get an inside view of how Youtube managed its early hyper-growth, and we point at the advantages of using low-code tooling to build software: Iterating faster.

We then address why the tech industry has such a high proportion of weak product managers and product leaders. We pitch the advantages of collaborative decision-making, leveraging both stakeholders’ and developers’ expertise while creating a shared understanding. Also, we share three tactics that have proven to impact getting buy-in from team members significantly.

Lastly, we enjoy an interview with Christina Wodtke on how OKR can help product managers accomplish more, and we get curious about a new Scrum software: “HappyStack is a Scrum project software tool for developers: Backlog, Sprint Planning, Standups, Reviews, and Retros done the right way.”

Food for Agile Thought #296: Rebels Spark Ideas, Agile Rituals for Hyper-Growth, CSPO Pathology, Collaborative Product Decisions — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Rebels Spark Ideas

Loizos Heracleous and David Robson (via BBC Worklife): 'Positive deviants': Why rebellious workers spark great ideas

Organizations tend to see rebels as troublemakers. Loizos Heracleous and David Robson believe that rebels spark ideas and suppressing their ideas could backfire.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Allan Kelly (via InfoQ): Reawakening Agile with OKRs?

Allan Kelly thinks that OKRs can restore purpose to agile teams and free them from the tyranny of the Product Backlog.

Shishir Mehrotra (via Coda.io): Rituals for hypergrowth: An inside look at how YouTube scaled

Shishir Mehrotra provides an inside view of how Youtube managed its early hypergrowth, from planning to organizing meetings.

Karl Hughes (via Stack Overflow): Using low-code tools to iterate products faster

Karl Hughes points at the advantages of using low-code tooling to build software: Iterating faster.

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🎯 Product

Marty Cagan (via svpg): The CSPO Pathology

In this article, Marty Cagan addresses why the tech industry has such a high proportion of weak product managers and product leaders.

Roman Pichler: Making Effective Product Decisions: Tips for Deciding with Stakeholders and Dev Teams

Roman Pichler pitches the advantages of collaborative decision-making, leveraging both stakeholders’ and developers’ expertise while creating a shared understanding.

Shivani Berry: Getting buy-in

Shivani Berry shares three tactics that she has found to impact getting buy-in from team members significantly.

📯 Three Essential Agile Failure Patterns in 7:31 Minutes—Making Your Scrum Work #12

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. When Scrum becomes an element of an agile transformation, the following three common essential agile failure patterns prove to be an exceptionally tough nut to crack for any Scrum Master.

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Terry Danylak: HappyStack: A Scrum Planning Software That Delivers A Staggering Productivity Increase

“HappyStack is a Scrum project software tool for developers: Backlog, Sprint Planning, Standups, Reviews, and Retros done the right way.”

Christina Wodtke and Chad McAllister: 🎙 Better OKRs, with the person who wrote the original OKR book

Chad McAllister interviews Christina Wodtke on how OKR can help product managers accomplish more.

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