Food for Agile Thought #176: Psychological Safety, Agile Team Building, No More Move Fast & Break Things?

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #176—shared with 20,343 peers—covers a study on personality traits suited for agile team building; we go through the stages of adopting self-management as an organization, and we listen to the professor who coined the term “psychological safety” to realize why it has become an essential building block for organizational success.

Also, we ask whether the rush to ship a new product as soon as possible to gather feedback has become untenable; we dive into determining product value, and we understand the particularities of product management from a new viewpoint.

Lastly, we learn more about the educational challenges agile coaches face themselves.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #175?

Food for Agile Thought #176: Psychological Safety, Agile Team Building, No More Move Fast & Break Things?



🏆 The Essential Read

Dave West (via McKinsey & Company): 📖 How to select and develop individuals for successful agile teams: A practical guide

McKinsey and Scrum.org published the results of a study on how to discover personality traits and values that help agile teams bloom.

Agile, Psychological Safety & Scrum

Amy Edmondson (via Harvard Business Review): 🎙 Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace

This podcast is an interview with HBS professor Amy Edmondson, who first identified the concept of psychological safety in work teams back in 1999.

Lyssa Adkins and Halim Dunsky (via InfoQ): 🎙The State of Agile Coaching and the Competencies Coaches Need to Build

Shane Hastie talks to Lyssa Adkins and Halim Dunsky about the current state of agile coaching, and the competencies and skills that coaches need to develop.

(via fitzii): What it’s Really Like to Transition into Self-Management

Based on the four-year-long experience at fitzii, Edwin Jansen dives into the stages of adopting self-management.

📅 More than 60 Percent of Tickets Sold — Agile Camp Berlin 2019: April 26–27, 2019

The Agile Camp Berlin 2019 will happen from April 26 to April 27, 2019. The ACB19 venue will be the Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum right in the middle of Berlin.

📅 Agile Camp Berlin 2019: April 26–27, 2019

Experience two energizing days with 200 agile peers focusing on community, sharing, and learning. Moreover, I am particularly excited that we will dedicate the second day to practicing games and exercises—from Liberating Structures to paper snowflakes and airplanes to building castles with 50 other folks, you have never met in your life!

Ticket prices will range from € 89 incl. VAT (the regular ticket) to € 99 incl. VAT (the late-bird ticket).

We expect the official website to be available mid of January 2019. There you will be able to see who will participate, suggestions for talks, games, and exercises as well as the details of the Agile Camp Berlin 2019. If you like to stay tuned, consider joining the Hands-on Agile Slack group.

Product & Lean

Hemant Taneja (via Harvard Business Review): The Era of ‘Move Fast and Break Things’ Is Over

Hemant Taneja claims that putting our products into consumers’ hands as fast as possible is increasingly untenable.

Suelyn Yu (via uxdesign.cc): Reflections from a designer turned product manager: 6 unexpected differences

Suelyn Yu transitioned from design to product management. Here is what she observed.

Tyler Shaddix: Product Value: Hands, Shovel, or Tractor?

Tyler Shaddix shares both his evident as well as non-obvious ways to think about product value.

📺 Join 1,100-plus Agile Peers on Youtube

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✋ Do Not Miss Out and Learn about Psychological Safety: Join the 4,600-plus Strong ‘Hands-on Agile’ Slack Community

I invite you to join the “Hands-on Agile” Slack Community and enjoy the benefits of a fast-growing, vibrant community of agile practitioners from around the world.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #175: Agile Pipe Dreams, Fast Tracks in Scrum, Product Canvas, Engaging Engineers.

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