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.”
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Rebels Spark Ideas
BBC Worklife): 'Positive deviants': Why rebellious workers spark great ideasand (via
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
InfoQ): Reawakening Agile with OKRs?(via
Allan Kelly thinks that OKRs can restore purpose to agile teams and free them from the tyranny of the Product Backlog.
Coda.io): Rituals for hypergrowth: An inside look at how YouTube scaled(via
Shishir Mehrotra provides an inside view of how Youtube managed its early hypergrowth, from planning to organizing meetings.
Stack Overflow): Using low-code tools to iterate products faster(via
Karl Hughes points at the advantages of using low-code tooling to build software: Iterating faster.
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svpg): The CSPO Pathology(via
In this article, Marty Cagan addresses why the tech industry has such a high proportion of weak product managers and product leaders.
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 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
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.”
🎙 Better OKRs, with the person who wrote the original OKR bookand :
Chad McAllister interviews Christina Wodtke on how OKR can help product managers accomplish more.
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