TL; DR: Is Agile a Trojan Horse, Product Strategy Stack—Food for Agile Thought #283
Welcome to the 283rd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 30,593 peers. This week, we ask: Is Agile a Trojan Horse for change? We also enjoy the March 2021 edition of the Culture & Methods Trends Report, learning that COVID-19 was the biggest driver of culture change and that there are dramatic differences between good and bad remote work cultures. Moreover, we introduce a framework on strategic interventions when coaching agile teams.
We then introduce a product strategy stack, including product leadership experiences from Tinder, Facebook, TripAdvisor, and Airbnb. We summarize suggestions on setting practical Product Goals, and we discover an approach to Design Sprints that reduces its original time requirement from five days by 50 percent without sacrificing the outcome’s quality.
Lastly, we address wheel-spinning during transformations and how to overcome transformation theater and start delivering more value faster.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
(via InfoQ): 📖 Culture & Methods Trends Report March 2021
InfoQ provides the March 2021 edition of the Culture & Methods Trends Report, noting that COVID-19 was the biggest driver of culture change. Also, there are dramatic differences between good and bad remote work cultures.
➿ Is Agile a Trojan Horse & Scrum
Agile’s Ethical Dilemma, Decision Distribution, and the Trojan War:
Charles Lambdin delves into why so many agile transformations fail, asking if Agile is a trojan horse for change.
The Holistic Observations of Teams Framework: Using Active Observations to Identify Strategic Interventions:
Viktor Cessan introduces a framework on strategic interventions when coaching agile teams.
Culture and Leadership: The Seven Domains of Transformation:
IT Revolution reflects on why a product-centric operating model requires high levels of empowerment, collaboration, experimentation, and what leadership and culture have to do with those.
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Reforge): The Product Strategy Stack(via
Ravi Mehta introduces the product strategy stack, including product leadership experiences from Tinder, Facebook, TripAdvisor, and Airbnb.
Product Goals in Scrum:
Roman Pichler summarizes his suggestions on setting practical Product Goals, recently introduced with the Scrum Guide 2020.
InfoQ): Cut your Design Sprints in Half with these Key Tips(via
Haymo Meran shares his approach to Design Sprints that reduces its original time requirement from five days by 50 percent without sacrificing the outcome's quality.
🛠 Tools & Measuring
The Metrics Of Digital Transformation:
Barry O'Reilly addresses wheel-spinning during transformations and how to overcome transformation theater and start delivering more value faster.
Nielsen Norman Group): Getting Started with Journey Mapping: 27 Tips from Practitioners(via
Alita Joyce provides an excellent primer on setting yourself up for journey-mapping success by defining objectives, building a cross-functional team, and collaborating on the map.
📯 Peer Recruiting: How to Hire a Scrum Master in Agile Times
Peer Recruiting is the new hiring: Shortly, all creative, technology-based organizations will need to abandon the command & control structures that served the industrial world of the 20th century so well. Instead, they will reorganize themselves around autonomous teams to deal with the complexity and pace of innovation of the 21st century.
In such an agile world, recruiting will become a team decision, and the “human resources” department’s role will change into a supportive one. Recruiters will need to become servant leaders or facilitators, guiding the peer recruiting process.
The following guide to peer recruiting is based on my experience in participating in recruiting Scrum Team members over the last ten years. This first article will cover the Scrum Master role.
👉 Learn more: Peer Recruiting: How to Hire a Scrum Master in Agile Times.
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