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.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: From Hierarchy to Network
Forbes): Why Business Agility Requires A Shift From A Hierarchy To A Network(via
Steve Denning dissects the consequences of hierarchies of authority and explains why CEOs, nevertheless, tend to stick with them.
➿ Agile & Scrum
Agile Alliance): 📺 20 Years is Enough! It’s Time to Update the Agile Principles and Values(via
Steve McConnell adovacates that we need to apply the ideas of Inspect and Adapt to the Agile principles and values themselves.
Harvard Business Review): How to Work with Someone Who Creates Unnecessary Conflict(via
Amanda Ripley suggests several actions you can take to identify ‘conflict entrepreneurs’ and mitigate their negative impact.
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🎙 Doing vs Experiencing Design Thinkingand :
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.
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
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Learn more: The Dogmatic Scrum Master Anti-Pattern.
🛠 Tools & Measuring
Looking at Example Boards:
John Cutler shares examples of team boards, delving into the importance of visualizing ‘what is actually happening on your team.’
InfoQ): Value Stream Mapping And Value Stream Management: How They Can Work For You(via
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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