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!
🏆 The Essential Read
The First Question To Ask When Building Teams - Is This Really A Team?and :
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.
Lean Enterprise Inst): Is agile project management simply lean thinking applied to software development?(via
Michael Ballé dissects the situation of ‘agile’ and ‘lean’ as envisioned by the creators versus what is practiced in today’s organizations.
Crisp): ‘Are you curious?’ Seminar with Joshua Kerievsky, creator of Modern Agileand (via
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.
📅 Hands-om Agile Webinar #8: Scrum Master Anti-Patterns — October 16, 2018
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.
Download your invitation: Hands-on Agile Webinar #8: Scrum Master Anti-Patterns — October 16, 2018.
Product & Lean
Product Talk): The Best Continuous Discovery Teams Cultivate These Mindsetss(via
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.
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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