Food for Agile Thought #308: From Hierarchy to Network, Doing vs. Experiencing Design Thinking, Analyzing Team Boards, Update Agile Principles Now!

TL; DR: From Hierarchy to Network, Analyzing Team Boards — Food for Agile Thought #308

Welcome to the 308th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 32,931 peers. This week, we dissect the consequences of hierarchies of authority and explain why CEOs, nevertheless, tend to stick with a hierarchy over a network. Also, we advocate applying the ideas of Inspect and Adapt to the Agile principles and values themselves. Moreover, we suggest several actions you can take to identify ‘conflict entrepreneurs’ and other troublemakers and mitigate their negative impact.

We then listen to an interview with Jeanne Liedtka on the importance of distinguishing between Doing vs. Experiencing vs. Becoming; we learn about the end-to-end research process that builds outstanding products, and we dive into premature scaling and its consequences.

Lastly, we share examples of team boards, delving into the importance of visualizing ‘what is actually happening on your team.’ Also, we provide a primer on creating visibility into the waste in a system and what you can do to improve the situation.

Food for Agile Thought #308: From Hierarchy to Network, Doing vs. Experiencing Design Thinking, Analyzing Team Boards, Update Agile Principles Now! — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: From Hierarchy to Network

Steve Denning (via Forbes): Why Business Agility Requires A Shift From A Hierarchy To A Network

Steve Denning dissects the consequences of hierarchies of authority and explains why CEOs, nevertheless, tend to stick with them.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Steve McConnell (via Agile Alliance): 📺 20 Years is Enough! It’s Time to Update the Agile Principles and Values

Steve McConnell adovacates that we need to apply the ideas of Inspect and Adapt to the Agile principles and values themselves.

Amanda Ripley (via Harvard Business Review): How to Work with Someone Who Creates Unnecessary Conflict

Amanda Ripley suggests several actions you can take to identify ‘conflict entrepreneurs’ and mitigate their negative impact.

(via KaiNexus): Kaizen: The Japanese Approach to Continuous Improvement

Morgan Wright shares a primer on the Japanese idea of ‘good change’ and its role in the foundation of lean.

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Daniel Stillman and Jeanne Liedtka: 🎙 Doing vs Experiencing Design Thinking

Daniel Stillman interviews Jeanne Liedtka on the importance of distinguishing between Doing vs. Experiencing vs. Becoming.

(via First Round Capital): A UX Research Crash Course for Founders — Customer Discovery Tips from Zoom, Zapier & Dropbox

First Round Capital interviews Jane Davis of Zoom on the end-to-end research process that builds outstanding products.

Giff Constable: Andrew Chen’s Traction Treadmill and Why His Good Advice Is So Hard to Follow

Giff Constable analyses Andrew Chen’s Twitter thread on premature scaling and its consequences.

📯 The Dogmatic Scrum Master Anti-Pattern — Making Your Scrum Work #20

There are plenty of failure possibilities with Scrum. Since Scrum is an intentionally incomplete framework with a reasonable yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone. For example, how do we communicate with members of the Scrum team that take the Scrum Guide literally? What about a dogmatic Scrum Master?

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The Dogmatic Scrum Master? — Making Your Scrum Work #20 — Age-of-Product.com

Learn more: The Dogmatic Scrum Master Anti-Pattern.

🛠 Tools & Measuring

John Cutler: Looking at Example Boards

John Cutler shares examples of team boards, delving into the importance of visualizing ‘what is actually happening on your team.’

Peter Maddison (via InfoQ): Value Stream Mapping And Value Stream Management: How They Can Work For You

Peter Maddison provides a primer on creating visibility into the waste in a system and what you can do to improve the situation.

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