Food for Agile Thought #338: The Taste of Salt & Agile Coaching, Visual Planning w/ Jeff & Gojko, Dunbar’s Number, Escaping the Planning Illusion

TL; DR: The Taste of Salt & Agile Coaching, Visual Planning w/ Jeff & Gojko — Food for Agile Thought #338

Welcome to the 338th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,072 peers. This week, we listen to Jeff Patton, Gojko Adzic, and James Shore delving into the benefits of visual planning. We also reflect on an often referred-to but rarely understood critical concept required to solve complex adaptive problems. Speaking of teamwork, we dive into the importance of group sizes in creating social cohesion and collaboration, referring to the ‘Dunbar number’—often used, simplified, and rarely understood as a concept. Moreover, Shai Yallin describes a process often causing technical debt and how to create systems to prevent this from happening.

We then analyze three significant problems with long-term planning, from premature decision making to the inevitable time consumption to promoting rigidity. Also, we criticize distinguishing between problem-solving and problem definition; this is probably less helpful than you think. Moreover, we suggest a simple approach to getting started with a critical element of product analytics and product-led growth to prevent you from slipping into feature factory mode.

Lastly, we follow Yves Hanoulle and Jason Yip using a compelling metaphor to explore the idea of ‘agile coaching.’ Then, borrowing from the human-centered systems thinking school, Deirdre Cerminaro suggests a visualization technique to help you ‘spot opportunities for growth and change.’ And we ask: How does Le Corbusier’s ‘Cité Frugès de Pessac’ masterpiece relate to going back to the office? Or shall we rather say: being forced back into the office?

Food for Agile Thought #338: The Taste of Salt & Agile Coaching, Visual Planning w/ Jeff & Gojko, Dunbar’s Number, Escaping the Planning Illusion — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Yves Hanoulle and Jason Yip: 📺 It’s Hard to Explain how Salt Tastes: ‘Who Is Agile’ 012 with Jason Yip

In this talk, Yves Hanoulle and Jason Yip use a compelling metaphor to explore the idea of ‘agile coaching.’

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Ben Linders (via InfoQ): How Psychological Safety at Work Creates Effective Software Tech Teams that Learn and Grow

Ben Linders reflects on an often referred-to but rarely understood critical concept required to solve complex adaptive problems.

Matt Webb: Dunbar’s number and how speaking is 2.8x better than picking fleas

Matt Webb dives into the importance of group sizes in creating social cohesion and collaboration, referring to the ‘Dunbar number’—often used, simplified, and rarely understood as a concept.

Shai Yallin: The Anatomy Of A Rotten Codebase

In this article, Shai Yallin describes a process often causing technical debt and how to create systems to prevent this from happening.

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James Shore, Jeff Patton and Gojko Adzic: 📺 Agile Book Club: Visual Planning

In this session of the Agile Book Club, Jeff Patton, Gojko Adzic, and James Shore delve into the benefits of visual planning.

Andrew Quan (via Medium): Finding Your Way out of the Planning Illusion

Andrew Quan delves into three major problems with long-term planning, from premature decision making to the inevitable time consumption to promoting rigidity.

John Cutler: The Problem With Problems

John Cutler criticizes distinguishing between problem-solving and problem definition; this is probably less helpful than you think.

📯 27 Product Backlog and Refinement Anti-Patterns

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Deirdre Cerminaro (via IDEO U): What is a Systems Map?

Borrowed from the human-centered systems thinking school, Deirdre Cerminaro suggests a visualization technique to help you ‘spot opportunities for growth and change.’

(via mixpanel): How to develop and measure feature adoption

Mark Simborg suggests a simple approach to getting started with this critical element of product analytics and product-led growth to prevent you from slipping into feature factory mode.

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

Tim Harford: What Le Corbusier got right about office space

And now for something completely different: How does Le Corbusier’s ‘Cité Frugès de Pessac’ masterpiece relate to going back to the office? Or shall we rather say: being forced back into the office? What about the empowerment and autonomy we enjoyed when working from home?


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