Food for Agile Thought #178: Agile Transition Failures, Coaching Pitfalls, Product Canvas, Mitigating Product Risk

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #178—shared with 20,783 peers—focuses on learnings from agile transitions failures, how we as agile practitioners volunteered to join probably futile efforts, and why coaching mistakes may have contributed to the mess.

We learn how to support the transition to a product-centric organization; we remind us why (active) listening is a crucial instrument in our toolbox, and how to avoid falling into the “building the wrong thing” trap.

Lastly, we reconsider the idea of not having product managers at all; why not let the engineers do this job, too?

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #177?

Food for Agile Thought #178: Agile Transition Failures, Coaching Pitfalls, Product Canvas, Mitigating Product Risk



🏆 The Essential Read

Tobias Mayer: Rethinking Transformation

Tobias Mayer looks back at his career in organizational change, on corporate pigs, and agile practitioners providing the pig’s lipstick.

Agile Transition Failures & Scrum

(via Board of Innovation): Self-steering organization: 6 mistakes we made

Nele Van Hooste shares lessons learned from their journey to self-management—from necessity of transparency to giving trust to having patience.

Viktor Cessan and Stefan Lindbohm: Why Agile Isn’t Working For You: The Top 5 Agile Coaching Pitfalls

Stefan Lindbohm and Viktor Cessan identify the top five agile coaching pitfalls looking back at their coaching career.

Bob Galen: Building a First Team

Bob Galen reflects on how well Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of a Team and the effort to become an agile organization blend together.

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Product & Lean

Ellen Gottesdiener: Using the Product Canvas to Define Your Product’s Core Requirements

Ellen Gottesdiener describes how the Product Canvas can support your company’s transition to a product-centric organization.

Roman Pichler: How to Listen to Understand: Listening Practices for Product People

Roman Pichler explains why listening to users, customers, stakeholders, and development team members is crucial for product people.

Scott Sehlhorst (via Tyner Blain): Cause & Effect and Product Risk

Scott Sehlhorst describes sketches how to mitigate the business risk of “building the wrong thing.”

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #177: Scrum Limits, Scrum Master Trends Report, Enterprise Sales, The Innovator’s Dilemma

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