Food for Agile Thought #162: Organizational Agility, Enterprise Slowness, Product Strategy, State of DevOps Report 2018

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #162—shared with 19,373 peers—focuses on the problem of imposing agile practices top-down to achieve organizational agility, why enterprise organizations are so nerve-wreckingly slow, and why commitment cultures seem to produce better outcomes.

We then dive deep into product strategy. From how to be more strategic, to establishing an effective process, to running bets from a portfolio of innovation options.

Lastly, we applaud Puppet for providing the community with the 2018 edition of the State of DevOps report, now including a maturity model.

Have a great week!

Food for Agile Thought #162: Organizational Agility, Enterprise Slowness, Product Strategy, State of DevOps Report 2018



🏆 The Essential Read

Jonathan Smart (via Medium): Organisational Agility: Give People a VOICE

Jonathan Smart advocates against prescriptive practices, the one-size-fits-all-approach of top-down ‘Agile Transformations.’

Organizational Agility & Scrum

Ian Miell: Why Are Enterprises So Slow?

Ian Miell shares his insights into the particularities of enterprise software delivery and why it may be testing your patience.

Damian Hughes (via Mind The Product): Why Commitment Culture Wins

Damian Hughes proposes creating ‘commitment cultures,’ as those win more often than other forms of culture.

(via Puppet): 2018 State of DevOps Report

The 2018 edition of the State of DevOps Report introduces a maturity model for introducing DevOps practices.

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Product & Lean

Julie Zhuo (via Medium): How to be Strategic

Julie Zhuo shares her secret sauce of how to be more strategic.

Roman Pichler: Establishing an Effective Product Strategy Process

Roman Pichler points at making the right strategic product decision—an essential ingredient to developing a successful product.

Barry O'Reilly: Value Engineering for Outcome-based Bets

Barry O'Reilly stresses the importance of having a portfolio of innovation options. Learn, how this works.

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