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?
🏆 The Essential Read
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.
Why Agile Isn’t Working For You: The Top 5 Agile Coaching Pitfallsand :
Stefan Lindbohm and Viktor Cessan identify the top five agile coaching pitfalls looking back at their coaching career.
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
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.
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.
Tyner Blain): Cause & Effect and Product Risk(via
Scott Sehlhorst describes sketches how to mitigate the business risk of “building the wrong thing.”
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