TL; DR: Scaling Agility, Product Team Health—Food for Agile Thought #298
Welcome to the 298th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 31,941 peers. This week, we advise how to create a system of interdependent agile teams also know as scaling agility. In addition, we advocate for a budgeting approach that will not impede your organization’s agile transformation, and we enjoy a moment of serendipity: Don’t use a big-name consultancy to support agile transformations and beware of their playbooks.
We then provide actionable advice on dealing with a CEO’s worldview that is impeding your product team; we delve into validation, de-risking, and when to use what, and we reflect on the short shelf life many solutions in today’s volatile environment have and how you may counter that effect.
Lastly, we appreciate a set of signals that hint at your product team’s progress in becoming more effective.
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Agile Alliance): Overcoming One-Size-Fits-All Budgetingand (via
Jutta Eckstein, Hendrik Esser, and Eric Abelen advocate for a budgeting approach that will not impede your organization’s agile transformation.
(via InfoQ): Leveraging Small Teams to Scale Agility – a Red Hat Case Study
Dominika Bula shares the success story of Red Hat’s platform engineering organization becoming agile.
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Difficult Product Discussions with CEOs:
Rich Mironov provides actionable advice on dealing with a CEO’s worldview that is impeding your product team.
Why ‘validate your idea’ is bad advice:
Linda Zhang delves into validation, de-risking, and when to use what.
Smashing Magazine): The Rise Of Design Thinking As A Problem Solving Strategy(via
Josh Singer reflects on the short shelf life many solutions in today’s volatile environment have and how you may counter that effect.
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Let me introduce you to an example sketch based on the Tuckman model of group dynamics I use in my Professional Scrum Master training classes to make the effort and cost of creating a Scrum team easier understandable.
🛠 Tools & Measuring
Product Team Health (and Performance) ‘Signals’:
John Cutler shares a set of signals that hint at your product team’s progress in becoming more effective.
UX Collective): Product Metrics That Matter. The power of metrics entered Product…(via
Cláudia Delgado wrote a summary on the rise of product metrics and how they revolutionized feedback loops and accelerated learning.
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