TL; DR: Engineering Culture, Little Scrum Islands — Food for Agile Thought #349
Welcome to the 349th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,462 peers. This week, we share the impact of a 2014 change in engineering culture at Uber by ‘creating cross-functional program teams and introducing platform teams.’ Moreover, we reflect on why your little, happy Scrum island isn’t enough to achieve business agility, and we combine two powerful coaching tools for agile practitioners to learn from each other. Also, Adam Grant interviews Jenny Chatman on the effects of toxicity, mediocracy, bureaucracy, and anarchy.
Then, we detail how to address the leadership’s need for more predictability by ‘right-sizing’ work items to one- or two-day stories; we delve into the details of product-centric companies, and we listen to Lenny Rachitsky interviewing Teresa Torres on ‘automating continuous discovery, the opportunity solution tree framework, making a case for user research, [and] common interviewing mistakes.’
Finally, we refer to the many advantages of using our own products internally, pointing to examples from Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft. Also, we explain how the ‘5 Whys’ practice works and its benefits, and we enjoy a hearty laugh when Yuri Malishenko applies the IKEA metaphor to Scrum.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Engineering Culture at Uber
The Platform and Program Split at Uber:
Gergely Orosz shares the impact of a 2014 change in engineering culture at Uber by ‘creating cross-functional program teams and introducing platform teams.’
➿ Agile & Scrum
(via Leading Agile): Why an Agile Delivery Model Isn’t Always Enough
Leading Agile reflects on why your little, happy Scrum island isn’t enough to achieve business agility.
(via Agile Alliance): Uncover the unknown with Gemba Troika Consulting
Jakob Schmidt Soerensen, Bo Bjerregaard, and Maryanne Kmit share lessons learned on how to help Scrum Masters learn from each other by combining two powerful coaching tools.
TED Talks): 🎙 The 4 Deadly Sins of Work Culture(via
Adam Grant interviews Jenny Chatman on the effects of toxicity, mediocracy, bureaucracy, and anarchy.
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How to Right-Size Your Stories for Better Predictability:
Johanna Rothman details how to address the leadership’s need for more predictability by ‘right-sizing’ work items to one- or two-day stories.
🎙 Teresa Torres on how to interview customers […]and :
Lenny Rachitsky interviews Teresa Torres on ‘automating continuous discovery, the opportunity solution tree framework, making a case for user research, [and] common interviewing mistakes.’
Medium): 📺 What Product-Led Companies Look Like(via
Ant Murphy delves into the details of product-centric companies.
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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
DZone): Why You Should Be Obsessed With Dogfooding(via
Zevi Reinitz refers to the many advantages of using your own products internally, pointing to examples from Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft.
Medium): Some thoughts on ‘5 Whys’(via
Jason Yip explains how the practice works and what its benefits are.
✂️ Cutting Room Floor
😂 If Scrum framework was a piece of furniture that an organization attempted:
Yuri Malishenko applies the IKEA metaphor to Scrum.
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