TL; DR: Agile and Deadlines, Lack of Strategy — Food for Agile Thought #351
Welcome to the 351st edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,559 peers. This week, we delve into Agile and deadlines, debunking the myth of many managers that being agile only works in environments without them. Moreover, James Shore and Aino Vonge Corry dissect a core event to help teams reflect and improve. Also, we learn how Safesite went from two-week sprints to an approach that helped them understand ‘our customers better and [validate] what should be built next.’
Then, we reflect on disincentives to thinking strategically, starting with system design, and we describe Paypal’s innovation system that involves a ‘blockchain-based token system that lets employees place wagers on ideas.’ Also, we list suggestions to free yourself from administrative tasks for the benefit of figuring out what is worth building.
Finally, we analyze why most managers are good at managing but lack a critical skill of the 21st century, and we define lean metrics based on insights from the leading organization in everything ‘Lean’—Toyota. Lastly, we delve into the lessons learned from mastering mobbing together in a live stream.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Agile and Deadlines
Medium): Can Agile and deadlines coexist in perfect harmony?(via
Todd Lankford debunks the myth of many managers that being agile only works in environments without hard deadlines.
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James Shore and Aino Vonge Corry, the author of the book ‘Retrospective Antipatterns,’ dissect the core event to help teams reflect and improve.
(via Medium): Why we transitioned from Sprints to Basecamp’s “Shape Up” methodology
Cory Torres Bishop describes how Safesite went from two-week sprints to an approach that helped them understand ‘our customers better and [validate] what should be built next.’
Reforge): Why Most Managers Aren’t Effective Coaches(via
Natalie Rothfels analyzes why most managers are good at managing but lack a critical skill of the 21st century, namely in industries striving for business agility.
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Why Don’t We Have a Strategy?:
John Cutler reflects on disincentives to thinking strategically, starting with system design.
Harvard Business Review): How PayPal Gets Employees Invested in Innovation(via
Gerry Tsoukalas describes Paypal’s innovation system that involves a ‘blockchain-based token system that lets employees place wagers on ideas.’
(via Medium): 13 ways to free up time for Product Discovery
Markus Müller lists suggestions to free yourself from administrative tasks for the benefit of figuring out what is worth building.
📯 Prisoners of Retrospectives — Making Your Scrum Work #24
There are plenty of failure possibilities with Scrum. Given that Scrum is a framework with a reasonable yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone. What if, for example, not all of your Scrum team’s members feel enthusiastic about the Sprint Retrospective, the critical event when the Scrum team inspects itself? How can you help them become dedicated supporters instead? Join me and delve into how to avoid teammates feeling like prisoners of Retrospectives in less than two minutes.
🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
All About Lean Metrics:
Nigel Thurlow defines lean metrics based on insights from the leading organization in everything ‘Lean’—Toyota.
Cucumber): Cucumber Open New Contributors Ensemble(via
Karin Dames and Jo Laing delve into the lessons learned from mastering mobbing together in a live stream.
✂️ Cutting Room Floor
Medium): Why Split Big User Stories?(via
Brian Link advocates the benefits of small work items.
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