Food for Agile Thought #335: Idea Repositories, Team Building w/ Conway’s Law, Measuring Added Value, Estimation Is a Waste

TL; DR: Idea Repositories, Team Building w/ Conway’s Law — Food for Agile Thought #335

Welcome to the 335th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 34,866 peers. This week, we analyze the benefits of organizing transparent systems that handle the influx of suggestions, requirements, epiphanies, and learning: ideas repositories. Also, we describe the benefits of applying lessons learned from “Team Topologies” by Manuel Pais and Matthew Skelton regarding team building, and we explain the difference between coaching and mentoring, two critical stances of a servant leader.

We then listen to John Cutler exploring how “teams slip into the trap of using a single ‘mono-process’ (one way) for all types of work.” Moreover, we suggest building products with—not for—your community, delve into six essentials factors determining whether your product team will be successful, and figure out a way to measure the added value of your product.

Lastly, we share Luís Soares’s refreshingly contrarian thinking on estimations, Sprints, and other practices he considers futile. Finally, we close with Shane Parrish, who reflects on the effects of “mapping” the world and then taking this map as an accurate representation of the world.

Food for Agile Thought #335: Idea Repositories, Team Building w/ Conway‘s Law, Measuring Added Value, Estimation Is a Waste — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Idea Repositories

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(via Xero): How we used Conway’s Law to create high-performing teams

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Marty Cagan: Coaching vs. Mentoring

Marty Cagan explains the difference between the two critical stances of a servant leader.

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John Cutler: 📺 Less Mono-Process

In this video, John Cutler explores how “teams slip into the trap of using a single ‘mono-process’ (one way) for all types of work.”

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Scott Baldwin suggests building products with—not for—your community.

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Luís Soares (via Medium): #NoEstimates and #NoIterations: Estimation is waste and non-sense but many teams still abide by it

Luís Soares shares refreshing contrarian thinking on estimations, Sprints, and other practices he considers futile.

Oleg Yakubenkov: How to measure the added value of a product

Oleg Yakubenkov suggests a way to measure the added value of your product.

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Shane Parrish (via Farnam Street): The Map Is Not the Territory

Shane Parrish reflects on the effects of “mapping” the world and then taking the map as a perfect representation of the world.


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