Food for Agile Thought #298: Scaling Agility, Hard Product Discussions w/ CEOs, Product Team Health Signals, Enterprise Agility

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.

Food for Agile Thought #298: Scaling Agility, Hard Product Discussions w/ CEOs, Product Team Health Signals, Enterprise Agility — Age-of-Product.com

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James Shore: Scaling Agility

James Shore advises on how to create a system of interdependent agile teams or large-scale Agile.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Jutta Eckstein, Eric Abelen and Hendrik Esser (via Agile Alliance): Overcoming One-Size-Fits-All Budgeting

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.

(via Cutter Consortium): Ingredients for Enterprise Agility, Part V: Coaching Transformational Change

Jon Ward will make your day: Don’t use a big-name consultancy and beware of playbooks.

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🎯 Product

Rich Mironov: Difficult Product Discussions with CEOs

Rich Mironov provides actionable advice on dealing with a CEO’s worldview that is impeding your product team.

Linda Z: Why ‘validate your idea’ is bad advice

Linda Zhang delves into validation, de-risking, and when to use what.

Josh Singer (via Smashing Magazine): The Rise Of Design Thinking As A Problem Solving Strategy

Josh Singer reflects on the short shelf life many solutions in today’s volatile environment have and how you may counter that effect.

📯 Scrum Master Skills: Visualizing the Cost of Team Building with the Tuckman Model

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Probably, we have all heard that piece of wisdom before. In my experience, having some — even rudimentary — sketching or drawing capabilities is an essential Scrum Master skill. Visualizing a tricky issue while explaining the background to a stakeholder, someone from the management or a teammate helps to pave the way to have a meaningful discussion.

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.

Scrum Master Skills: Visualizing the Cost of Team Building with the Tuckman Model — Age-of-Product.com

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

John Cutler: 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.

Cláudia Delgado (via UX Collective): Product Metrics That Matter. The power of metrics entered Product…

Cláudia Delgado wrote a summary on the rise of product metrics and how they revolutionized feedback loops and accelerated learning.

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