Food for Agile Thought #348: Ditching Spotify for Scrum, New Product Strategy Framework, Coaching Ain’t a Panacea, Predictability & Options

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

Leigh Griffin and Arjay Hinek (via InfoQ): What Kind of Coach Does Your Team Need?

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.

Dave West (via Scrum.org): Remote Work and Scrum

Addressing recent demands to return to the office from prominent business leaders, Dave West delves into the benefits of remote work.

John Cutler: 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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🎯 Product

Ely Lerner (via Reforge): Product Strategy Framework: Offense vs. Defense

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.

Karin Dames (via Medium): Where does design fit into the development life cycle?

Karin Dames suggests a ‘recipe for an integrated development process.’

Scott Sehlhorst: 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.

📖 Scrum Master Interview Questions: The Sprint Review

Scrum has repeatedly proven to be the most popular framework for software development. Given that software is eating the world, a seasoned Scrum Master is nowadays in high demand. And that demand causes the market entry of new professionals from other project management branches, probably believing that reading one or two Scrum books will be sufficient. Which makes any Scrum Master interview a challenging task. A good starting point, though, is to ask a candidate about the intricacies of a Scrum event that puts the Increment, the Stakeholders, the Developers, and the Product Owner at heart, thus providing an excellent opportunity to reflect on the big picture. It is the Sprint Review.

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Johanna Rothman: What Senior Managers Want & Need from Roadmaps: Predictability and Options

Johanna Rothman recommends augmenting merely ‘predictable’ roadmaps for the senior leadership.

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

Tim Harford: 🎙 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.

Mark Graban and Rich Sheridan: 🎙 Rich Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations, on Eliminating Fear and Increasing Joy in Work

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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