Food for Agile Thought #345: Dissonance Causes, Transformation Defined, The Age of Scrum Is Over, Efficiency is the Enemy

TL; DR: Dissonance Causes, The Age of Scrum Is Over — Food for Agile Thought #345

Welcome to the 345th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,369 peers. This week, we analyze dissonance causes — resulting in tension, loss, fear, or curiosity — from information to expectations to constraints. Chris Lennon believes that ‘Scrum has given us a lot, but it’s time for some conscious uncoupling.’ And we also share an approach to dealing with the management’s unreal desire to have reliability, predictability, and numbers in software development.

Then, we dissect the idea of ‘managing’ stakeholders instead of aligning all parties in the product game by including everyone and giving everyone a voice, and we have a look at how to create better user stories. Also, we reflect on ‘mastering the delicate relationship between the builders and sellers,’ and we define what a transformation to a product-led organization is about, from ‘changing how you build and deploy’ to ‘changing how you decide which problems to solve.’

Moreover, we analyze the challenges of pursuing an agile-traditional hybrid approach as an organization at the same time to achieve business agility. We also point to an HBR study, claiming that ‘employee productivity was 71% higher when meetings were reduced by 40%.’ Finally, we share the analysis of an Estonian company’s approach to becoming agile at scale.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Dissonance Causes

John Cutler: Your Head Hurts. But Why?

John Cutler analyzes the causes of dissonance—resulting in tension, loss, fear, or curiosity—from information to expectations to constraints.

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(via Medium): The Age of Scrum Is Over

Chris Lennon believes that ‘Scrum has given us a lot, but it’s time for some conscious uncoupling.’

Marty Cagan (via Silicon Valley Product Group): Transformation Defined

Jon Moore and Marty Cagan share their thoughts on what a transformation to a product-led organization is about, from ‘changing how you build and deploy’ to ‘changing how you decide which problems to solve.’

Kurt Bittner (via InfoQ): Why the Dual Operating Model Impedes Enterprise Agility

Kurt Bittner analyzes the challenges of pursuing an agile-traditional hybrid approach as an organization at the same time to achieve business agility.

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Lisa Zane (via Medium): Reimagining the Term ‘Stakeholder Management’

Lisa Zane dissects the idea of ‘managing’ stakeholders instead of aligning all parties in the product game by including everyone and giving everyone a voice.

Oleg Chursin (via Medium): Notes on ‘Better User Stories’

Oleg Chursin recently took Mike Cohn’s online class on creating user stories. Here are his notes.

(via Department of Product): How Product Managers and Sales teams can work effectively together

Richard Holmes reflects on ‘mastering the delicate relationship between the builders and sellers.’

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Shane Parrish (via Farnam Street): Efficiency is the Enemy

Shane Parrish advocates letting ‘slack’ into your life, detailing its benefits.

Fredrik Carleson (via Tealfeed): How to tell your manager you can’t estimate

Fredrik Carleson shares his approach to dealing with the management’s unreal desire to have reliability, predictability, and numbers in software development.

Pim de Morree (via Corporate Rebels): Research Concludes: We Waste Our Time At Work

Pim de Morree points to an HBR study, claiming that ‘employee productivity was 71% higher when meetings were reduced by 40%.’

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

Jurgen Appelo (via InfoQ): Pipedrive Unfixed – Case Study of a Unicorn Company

Jurgen Appelo shares an analysis of an Estonian company’s approach to becoming agile at scale.


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