TL; DR: Tech Trends 2022, Product Success Factors — Food for Agile Thought #322
Welcome to the 322nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,755 peers. This week, we explore macro and strategic tech trends in 2022, from Web3 to Crypto to the Metaverse. Also, we point at a conceptual tool to help leaders understand that they need to change course; we suggest hands-on, practical solutions to an age-old software development problem, and we point at the downside of the growing popularity regarding “Agile,” Sociocracy, or Holacracy.
We then analyze four factors that significantly contribute to sustained product success and suggest applying those best. Next, we join Netflix’s co-founder when he elaborates on a recipe for aspiring disrupters: ‘Just focus on the market that nobody is paying attention to.’ Moreover, we point at a challenging topic for agile teams working remotely: ‘Does your manager trust that you are really working?’
Lastly, we appreciate that Venkatesh Rao shares the main slides—including notes—from his observe–orient–decide–act loop workshop, and we walk through applying a fantastic tool developed by Sakichi Toyoda in the 1930s.
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Why I Keep Coming Back to Cynefin:
Ian Miell points at his preferred conceptual tool to help leaders understand that they need to change course.
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Industrial Logic): Faster and More Predictable(via
Tim Ottinger suggests hands-on, practical solutions to an age-old software development problem.
Management 3.0): Managing "Up": How to Manage Your Manager(via
Andrea Darabos addresses a challenging topic for agile teams working remotely: ‘Does your manager trust that you are really working?’
Corporate Rebels): When Agile, Self-Management, and Holacracy Fail(via
Pim de Morree points at the downside of the growing popularity regarding “Agile,” Sociocracy, or Holacracy: The hype induces a sharp increase in failure.
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Three Steps into the Future:
Benedict Evans explores macro and strategic trends in the tech industry, from Web3 to Crypto to the Metaverse.
Four Product Success Factors:
Roman Pichler analyzes four factors that significantly contribute to sustained product success and suggests how to apply them best.
Want to be a Disruptor?:
Netflix’s co-founder elaborates on a recipe for aspiring disrupters: ‘Just focus on the market that nobody is paying attention to.'
📯 How to Sabotage A Scrum Master — 44 Anti-Patterns from the Trenches
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🛠 Tools & Measuring
Thinking in OODA Loops:
Kudos to Venkatesh Rao! He shares the main slides—including notes—from his observe–orient–decide–act loop workshop.
(via Superhuman): The 5 Whys: Get to the Root of Your Productivity Problems
Karine Bengualid walks us through applying a fantastic tool developed by Sakichi Toyoda in the 1930s.
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