TL; DR: Agile Military — Food for Agile Thought #362
Welcome to the 362nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 36,013 peers. This week, we delve into lessons learned on leadership in the agile military. We also read a curated collection of articles, “facts, evidence, and opinions from relevant sources without vested interests” on the usefulness of SAFe® and analyze common reasons why organizations do not reap the expected benefits of becoming Agile. Moreover, we ask: Do we need a CUO, a Chief Unblocking Officer?
Then, we dissect strategy anti-patterns, from committing too early to prospective customers to dodging controversial calls while delving into product leadership, team objectives, and the importance of context and clarity. Also, Jon Moore and Marty Cagan continued their article series, detailing why consequential transformations to product-led organizations require different decision processes, and Kate Kaplan created an overview of the human side of DesignOps: who is doing what and talking to whom?
Finally, we sketch various mental models, concepts, and “laws” helpful to Scrum Masters and agile coaches and delve into the relationship between hypothesis-driven development, validation, and the minimum viable product. Lastly, we learn that just because your Sprint board has columns and cards does not mean it is a Kanban board.
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Medium): From agile coach to the military officer: breaking stereotypes about leadership in the army(via
Dmytro Yarmak shares lessons from his journey from agile coach to officer in the Ukrainian army and how the Cynefin framework, empathy, and empowerment helped him lead in chaos.
So, providing clarity for making decisions, creating a psychologically safe environment for making mistakes, and raising competence help people to be ready for taking responsibility. And it means that you can delegate some of the tasks to Squad and Platoon leads, and to soldiers as well.
➿ Agile & Scrum
Information for decision-makers considering the SAFe framework:
Multiple, primarily unknown, authors curated a collection of articles, “facts, evidence, and opinions from relevant sources without vested interests” on the usefulness of SAFe®.
Leading Agile): 📺 Why Do Agile Transformations Fail?(via
In this video, Mike Cottmeyer analyzes common reasons why organizations do not reap the expected benefits of becoming Agile.
Medium): Do you need a Chief Unblocking Officer?(via
Chris Combe reflects on the nature of dependencies, impediments, obstacles, and blockers in a systemic context.
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First Round Capital): How Product Strategy Stalls in the Real World — 6 Common Failure Modes(via
Nate Stewart, CPO of CockroachDB, dissects strategy anti-patterns, from committing too early to prospective customers to dodging controversial calls.
Fluffy & Ambiguous:
John Cutler delves into product leadership, team objectives, and the importance of context and clarity.
Silicon Valley Product Group): Changing How You Decide Which Problems To Solve(via
Jon Moore and Marty Cagan detail why consequential transformations to product-led organizations require different decision processes.
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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
(via Medium): 21 concepts that have helped me as an Agile Coach
Austin Mackesy-Buckley sketches various mental models, concepts, and “laws” helpful to Scrum Masters and agile coaches.
Nielsen Norman Group): Who Does DesignOps? Common DesignOps Roles and Partnerships(via
Kate Kaplan created an overview of the human side of DesignOps: who is doing what and talking to whom?
MVP philosophy and the Justified True Belief:
Paulo Caroli delves into the relationship between hypothesis-driven development, validation, and the minimum viable product.
(via Kanbanize Blog): A Task Board is Not a Kanban Board! What's the Difference?
Michaela Toneva claims that just because your Sprint board has columns and cards does not mean it is a Kanban board.
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