TL; DR: Fixed Scope, Yet Agile? Agile Hangover — Food for Agile Thought #316
Welcome to the 316th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,419 peers. This week, we ask: Fixed scope & date, yet there is agility? Moreover, we sum up some observations regarding agile transformations, from the beginning of the party to the probably ‘inevitable.’ We also list five stupid yet still popular management practices, from stack ranking to open offices, and we share seven principles and five steps to enhance your change leadership skills.
We then delve into a successful product strategy pattern that made Shopify, Tesla, or Airbnb successful: wedge yourself into the market, then expand, and ask: “What happens when your biggest strength and greatest asset as a product development organization becomes your biggest weakness?” Additionally, we elaborate on the Use Case Frequency Spectrum and how it applies to growing products that customers use once a year or less.
Lastly, we share a helpful infographic with the core elements of VSM to kickstart continuous improvement and a framework to improve user research, leading to better-informed decision-making.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
Constraints on Your Project Still Leave Room to Be Agile:
Mike Cohn shares his take on a controversial topic: He believes there can be agility in fixed-everything—date, scope, budget—projects.
➿ Agile & Scrum
Scrum.org): The Agile Hangover(via
Dave West sums up some of his observations regarding agile transformations, from the beginning of the party to the probably ‘inevitable.’
The Five Worst Ideas In Management:
David Burkus lists five stupid yet still popular management practices, from stack ranking to open offices.
XPLANE): Seven Principles and Five Steps to Confidently Lead Organizational Change(via
Aric Wood shares seven principles and five steps to enhance your change leadership skills.
(via InfoQ): Promoting Creativity in Software Development with the Kaizen Method
Sarma Manthravadi suggests using the Kaizen practice to improve your software development skills and details the necessary steps to get going.
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Picking a wedge:
Lenny Rachitsky delves into a successful product strategy pattern that made Shopify, Tesla, or Airbnb successful: wedge yourself into the market, then expand.
Alleviating Bloatware, First Attempt:
Steven Sinofsky asks a simple question: “What happens when your biggest strength and greatest asset […] becomes your biggest weakness?” Read on and learn more about Microsoft Office’s struggle with feature bloat.
Reforge): ICED Theory – Growing Infrequent Products(via
Vivek Kumar elaborates on the Use Case Frequency Spectrum and how it applies to growing products that customers use once a year or less.
📯 Overruling the Product Owner? — Making Your Scrum Work #21
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, what if the stakeholders—who bring the budget that is funding your Scrum team—insist on calling the shots by overruling the Product Owner’s prerogative to define the composition and the ordering the Product Backlog? What if your stakeholders suffer from the “my budget, my feature” syndrome?
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🛠 Tools & Measuring
(via KaiNexus): Value Stream Mapping Best Practices
KaiNexus shares a helpful infographic with the core elements of VSM to kickstart continuous improvement.
User Interviews): A Framework for Decision Driven Research(via
Roberta Dombrowski shares a framework to improve user research, leading to better-informed decision-making.
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