TL; DR: Ditching Spotify for Scrum — Food for Agile Thought #348
Welcome to the 348th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,438 peers. This week, we share lessons learned from ditching Spotify (the “model”) for autonomous Scrum teams while pointing to an inherent problem when a technique like coaching is treated like a panacea: There are notable side effects. Also, we notice patterns accompanying change and point at leverage points to intervene in a system, and we delve into the benefits of remote work.
Then, Ely Lerner believes that ‘product leaders need a framework to ensure they’re spending the right amount of time and effort on the right priorities.’ Learn more about his framework. Also, we suggest Karin Dames’ ‘recipe for an integrated development process.’ Moreover, we outline an approach to how product teams can create a product a customer will consider unique, and we recommend augmenting merely ‘predictable’ roadmaps for the senior leadership.
Finally, Tim Harford compares today’s change aversion in many corporations with a disaster from 1346, and Mark Graban and Rich Sheridan discuss various lessons learned on improving the conditions for creating outstanding products in a complex environment.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Ditching Spotify for Scrum
(via Agile Alliance): 📖 What we learned from descaling 25 Scrum teams
Martin Lohmann and Jorgen Krabbe share lessons learned from ditching Spotify (the “model”) for autonomous Scrum teams.
➿ Agile & Scrum
InfoQ): What Kind of Coach Does Your Team Need?and (via
Leigh Griffin and Arjay Hinek point to an inherent problem when a technique like coaching is treated like a panacea: There are notable side effects.
Scrum.org): Remote Work and Scrum(via
Addressing recent demands to return to the office from prominent business leaders, Dave West delves into the benefits of remote work.
When Is Change More Likely?:
John Cutler noticed patterns accompanying change and points at leverage points to intervene in a system.
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Reforge): Product Strategy Framework: Offense vs. Defense(via
Ely Lerner believes that ‘product leaders need a framework to ensure they’re spending the right amount of time and effort on the right priorities.’ Learn more about his framework.
Medium): Where does design fit into the development life cycle?(via
Karin Dames suggests a ‘recipe for an integrated development process.’
How To Make Your Product Special:
Scott Sehlhorst outlines an approach to how product teams can create a product a customer will regard as unique.
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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
What Senior Managers Want & Need from Roadmaps: Predictability and Options:
Johanna Rothman recommends augmenting merely ‘predictable’ roadmaps for the senior leadership.
✂️ Cutting Room Floor
🎙 Cautionary Tales – The French Knight’s Guide to Corporate Culture:
Tim Harford compares today’s change aversion in many corporations with a disaster from 1346.
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In this podcast, Mark Graban and Rich Sheridan discuss various lessons learned on improving the conditions for creating outstanding products in a complex environment.
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