Food for Agile Thought #357: Agility—a Timeless Way of Thinking, Team Dynamics, Difficult Product People, A New Dependency Game

TL; DR: Agility: Timeless, Team Dynamics — Food for Agile Thought #357

Welcome to the 357th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,789 peers. This week, we celebrate the Agile 2022 keynote of Joshua Kerievsky, where he reflects on why “Agility isn’t a formula, a framework, nor a set of roles and rituals to follow” but a timeless way of thinking. Also, Linda Rising, Diana Larsen, and James Shore delve into the dynamics that make and break Agile teams, from the importance of trust to the Tuckman model. Moreover, we suggest six ways of encouraging feedback from team members, from creating psychological safety to leading by example, and we close with a rant about mission statements.

Then, we listen to Mary Cagan, sharing his learnings after more than 20 years at the forefront of product management, from Steve Jobs to building product teams to which trends to ignore. Additionally, we analyze the four most significant threats to building great products and how to deal with them, from difficult developers to executive bullies, and we tackle product roadmaps from a pragmatic angle.

Finally, we share a new game to “find a golden path to delivering maximum business value by benefiting from collaboration vs. getting stuck in dependencies” and a “primer on what you need to know to leverage VSM to chart your lean journey.” Lastly, inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s lecture on “the simple shapes of stories,” Ash Maurya shows that JTBD’s customer stories also have archetypical shapes.

Food for Agile Thought #357: Agility—a Timeless Way of Thinking, Team Dynamics, Difficult Product People, A New Dependency Game — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Agility

Joshua Kerievsky (via Agile Alliance): 📺 Joy of Agility

In this Agile 2022 keynote, Joshua Kerievsky reflects on why “Agility isn’t a formula, a framework, nor a set of roles and rituals to follow” but a timeless way of thinking.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Linda Rising, Diana Larsen and James Shore: 📺 Team Dynamics

Linda Rising, Diana Larsen, and James Shore delve into the dynamics that make and break Agile teams, from the importance of trust to the Tuckman model.

Jason Evanish (via Get Lighthouse): 6 Great Ways You Can Get More Feedback from Your Team

Jason Evanish suggests six ways of encouraging feedback from team members, from creating psychological safety to leading by example.

David Heinemeier Hansson: Mission statements are worse than worthless

David Heinemeier Hansson rants about mission statements.

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🎯 Product

Marty Cagan and Lenny Rachitsky: 🎙 The nature of product

In this podcast, Marty Cagan shares with Lenny Rachitsky his learnings after more than 20 years at the forefront of product management, from Steve Jobs lessons to building product teams to which trends to ignore.

J.A. Becker (via Product Coalition): Dealing with Extremely Difficult Product People

J.A. Becker analyzes the four most significant threats to building great products and how to deal with them, from difficult developers to executive bullies.

Phil Hornby and Tim Herbig: 📺 Don’t over-tool your roadmap approach

Phil Hornby and Tim Herbig talk product roadmaps from a pragmatic angle.

Ash Maurya: The Simple Shapes of Customer Stories

Inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s lecture on “the simple shapes of stories,” Ash Maurya shows that JTBD’s customer stories also have archetypical shapes.

📯 Definition of Done Theses: 10 Simple Principles of a Critical Scrum Success Factor

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Definition of Done Theses: 10 Simple Principles of a Critical Scrum Success Factor — Age-of-Product.com

Learn more: Definition of Done Theses: 10 Simple Principles of a Critical Scrum Success Factor.

🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Dana Pylayeva (via TastyCupcakes.org): 🎲 Drowning in Dependencies? Try a New Dependency Game!

Dana Pylayeva shares a new game to “find a golden path to delivering maximum business value by benefiting from collaboration vs. getting stuck in dependencies.”

(via Lean Enterprise Institute): Understanding the Fundamentals of Value-Stream Mapping

The Lean Enterprise Institute shares a “primer on what you need to know to leverage VSM to chart your lean journey.”

🎶 Encore

Petra Wille and Teresa Torres: Teresa Torres on the Continuous Discovery Habits Community of Practice

Petra Wille and Teresa Torres share thoughts on lessons learned from Teresa’s community of practice.


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