TL; DR: Product Sprawl, Premature Convergence — Food for Agile Thought #321
Welcome to the 321st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,718 peers. This week, we look under the hood of many presumably well-planned products only to discover product sprawl. Also, we point to the fact that the term ‘Agile Coach’ covers a whole family of roles, and we share results of a study that sheds new light on team autonomy: Teams should choose either teammates or ideas but not both.
We then explain what happens when a team decides on a direction or tactic too early, and we compare the two different concepts of product-led and engineering-led organizations to create value. Moreover, we listen to Melissa Perri talking to David Bland, covering how to identify experiment-worthy assumptions, deal with slow feedback, and generally walk the (experiments) walk. Finally, we provide a practical introduction to the preferred discovery and alignment tool to help people get on the same page.
Lastly, we share lessons learned from Redgate Software’s deliberate reteaming process and the results from a survey of ‘100 industry participants on their perception of the benefits and challenges of adopting the SAFe framework.’
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Rich Mironov reflects on the contrast between the shiny well-planning appearance of many products that — under the hood — somewhat resemble a ‘jumble of mismatched pieces and arcane product history and incomplete testing and randomness.’
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InfoQ): Agile Coaches, Agile Guides and Other Family Members(via
Allan Kelly urges us to accept that the term ‘Agile Coach’ covers a whole family of roles. Recognizing the differences would serve teams and organizations better.
(via Harvard Business Review): When Autonomy Helps Team Performance — and When It Doesn’t
Viktoria Boss, Linus Dahlander, Christoph Ihl, and Rajshri Jayaraman share results of a study that sheds new light on team autonomy: Teams should choose either teammates or ideas but not both.
(via InfoQ): Lessons Learned from Self-Selection Reteaming at Redgate
Chris Smith shares lessons learned from Redgate Software’s deliberate reteaming process.
(via Agile Alliance): Benefits and Challenges of Adopting SAFe – An Empirical Survey
Putta Abheeshta and colleagues share results from a survey of ‘100 industry participants on their perception of the benefits and challenges of adopting the SAFe framework.’
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John Cutler explains what happens when a team decides on a direction or tactic too early.
Aha! Blog): The Product-Led Organization vs. the Engineering-Led Organization(via
Brian de Haaff compares the two different concepts of product-led and engineering-led organizations to create value.
Produx Labs): Episode 44: Testing Your Ideas with David Bland< and (via
Melissa Perri talks to David Bland, covering how to identify experiment-worthy assumptions, deal with slow feedback, and generally walk the (experiments) walk.
📺 Daniel Stillman: Designing Powerful Questions — Hands-on Agile 35
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🛠 Tools & Measuring
OKRs at Scale:
Jeff Gothelf shares his thoughts on moving OKR from the team to a higher level, thus aligning teams to achieve a common goal.
(via XPLANE): The Empathy Map: A Human-Centered Tool for Understanding How Your Audience Thinks
Tim May provides a practical introduction to the preferred discovery and alignment tool to help people get on the same page.
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