Food for Agile Thought #163: Building Agile Teams, Curiosity and Discovery, Squandering Brilliant Ideas

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #163—shared with 19,504 peers—focuses on building agile teams. We learn that a group of folks being in the same place at the same time does not constitute a team, that throwing money at the challenge cannot buy success. It seems, though, that successful team coaching is a long and windy road.

We also come back to another favorite topic—how to avoid building the wrong product—and understand that continuous product discovery based on hypotheses and experiments is essential for product success.

Lastly, we secretly enjoy some schadenfreude when diving into the reasons why big organizations squander brilliant ideas.

Have a great week!

Food for Agile Thought #163: Building Agile Teams, Curiosity and Discovery, Squandering Brilliant Ideas



🏆 The Essential Read

Viktor Cessan and Stefan Lindbohm: The First Question To Ask When Building Teams - Is This Really A Team?

Viktor Cessan and Stefan Lindbohm analyze why so many organizations fail at building agile teams despite investing so much.

Building Agile Teams & Scrum

(via Zalando Technology): A Team for Teams

Katrin Elise Dreyer looks back at Zalando’s learnings from coaching dozens of agile teams.

Michael Balle (via Lean Enterprise Inst): Is agile project management simply lean thinking applied to software development?

Michael Ballé dissects the situation of ‘agile’ and ‘lean’ as envisioned by the creators versus what is practiced in today’s organizations.

Jimmy Janlén and Joshua Kerievsky (via Crisp): ‘Are you curious?’ Seminar with Joshua Kerievsky, creator of Modern Agile

Joshua Kerievsky asks: ‘Are you continuously curious about your customers and their needs?’ He does not believe that this task should be left to a single team member.

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The eighth Hands-on Agile webinar on Scrum Master Anti-Patterns addresses twelve anti-patterns of your Scrum Master—from ill-suited personal traits and the pursuit of individual agendas to frustration with the team itself.

Webinar Scrum Master Anti-Patterns Hands-on-Agile Webinar #8

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Product & Lean

Teresa Torres (via Product Talk): The Best Continuous Discovery Teams Cultivate These Mindsetss

Teresa Torres shares her slide deck from the Industry Product Conference about the three mindsets that help a team find success as a continuous discovery team.

(via Optimizely Blog): How to Avoid Building the Wrong Product? Make Your Product Roadmap Your Experimentation Roadmap

Whelan Boyd stresses the importance of having a hypotheses backlog to drive experimentation.

Tim Harford: Why big companies squander brilliant ideas

In an entertaining article, the underground economist Tim Harford covers a spectrum of epic failures from Xerox to Nokia to Sony and the reasons behind it.

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