Food for Agile Thought’s issue #167—shared with 20,039 peers—focuses on twelve agile transformation phases, why agility is nowadays more important than ever—ScrumAlliance just published a new report based on a survey among enterprise organizations—, and what managers need to embrace to become servant-leaders.
We also learn that growth is good from a product perspective but not at all costs, and what you can do to mitigate risk. We listen to the VP of Product of Medium confirming the importance of getting out of the office, and we reflect on the implications of the sales folks running the product strategy.
Lastly, we visit a Dutch company that proves the obsolescence of the industrial paradigm in the service sector: when the lack of managers is not just improving operations but also the pay-cheques.
Have a great week!
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🏆 The Essential Read
Forbes): The Twelve Stages Of The Agile Transformation Journey(via
Steve Denning describes the twelve phases of change that every larger organization will face during its Agile transformation.
Agile Transformation Phases & Scrum
(via Scrum Alliance): Elusive Agile Enterprise Report
The ‘Elusive Agile Enterprise’ report illustrates the increasing importance of agility as an organizational approach and explores how organizations can achieve end-to-end agility.
Servant Leadership 101: The 4 V's to Create a Strong Foundation:
Stephanie Ockerman shares the four elements—vision, values, value, and validation—that form the foundation of servant-leadership.
(via Corporate Rebels): How To Work Without Managers? Here's How!
Corporate Rebels showcase a Dutch company where simplicity, respect for the individual, and self-organization replaced most of the managerial caste, resulting in higher wages, for example.
Hands-on Agile Webinar: Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns — November 27th, 2018
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Product & Lean
First Round Capital): "Get in the Van" and Other Tips for Getting Meaningful Customer Feedback(via
Michael Sippey has been building tech products for over 20 years. His most valuable ideas came from speaking with customers. Learn how.
The Slippery Slope of Sales-Led Development:
Rich Mironov explains the risks of sales-led product development, starving the core product of innovation, new features, quality improvements, and technical resilience.
Intercom): Why Customer Acquisition Cost Matters: How to Calculate [and Reduce](via
Brian Kotlyar explains why growth is good and how you can keep growth under control by mitigating the risk of overspending on customer acquisition.
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