Food for Agile Thought #349: 4 Deadly Sins of Work Culture, Right-Sizing Your Stories, Engineering Culture at Uber, Little Scrum Islands

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

Gergely Orosz: 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.

Adam Grant (via TED Talks): 🎙 The 4 Deadly Sins of Work Culture

Adam Grant interviews Jenny Chatman on the effects of toxicity, mediocracy, bureaucracy, and anarchy.

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🎯 Product

Johanna Rothman: 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.

Lenny Rachitsky and Teresa Torres: 🎙 Teresa Torres on how to interview customers […]

Lenny Rachitsky interviews Teresa Torres on ‘automating continuous discovery, the opportunity solution tree framework, making a case for user research, [and] common interviewing mistakes.’

Ant Murphy (via Medium): 📺 What Product-Led Companies Look Like

Ant Murphy delves into the details of product-centric companies.

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Zevi Reinitz (via DZone): Why You Should Be Obsessed With Dogfooding

Zevi Reinitz refers to the many advantages of using your own products internally, pointing to examples from Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Jason Yip (via Medium): Some thoughts on ‘5 Whys’

Jason Yip explains how the practice works and what its benefits are.

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

Yuri Malishenko: 😂 If Scrum framework was a piece of furniture that an organization attempted

Yuri Malishenko applies the IKEA metaphor to Scrum.


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