TL; DR: Continuous Improvement, Innovation Heroes? — Food for Agile Thought #307
Welcome to the 307th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 32,883 peers. This week, we explore the heart of continuous improvement; we dissect the leadership anti-pattern of rewarding the continuation of a broken system, and we suggest eight attitudes to describe leadership styles in a VUCA world, ranging from the organizational refactorer to the flow manager.
We then delve into the anti-pattern of product requirements documents (PRD), substituting proper product discovery. Moreover, we show that successful businesses figure out how to align their goals with the customers they serve. Also, we provide insight into how to practice empathy and communicate effectively with the leadership.
Lastly, we enjoy a podcast with Mr. User Story Mapping Jeff Patton, explaining how you can transform ordinary teams into extraordinary ones by fixing the product backlog.
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➿ Agile & Scrum
Why Innovation Heroes are a Sign of a Dysfunctional Organization:
Steve Blank dissects the leadership anti-pattern of rewarding the continuation of a broken system.
The Eight Stances of a Transformational Leader:
Matt Philip suggests eight attitudes to describe leadership styles in a VUCA world, ranging from the organizational refactorer to the flow manager.
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Discovery vs. Documentation:
Marty Cagan delves into the anti-pattern of product requirements documents (PRD), substituting proper product discovery.
Which problem are we solving?:
Seth Godin shows that successful businesses figure out how to align their goals with the customers they serve.
Heap): 🎙 Product Therapy: What Do You Do With a HIPPO?(via
In this podcast, Rich Mironov provides insight into how to practice empathy and communicate effectively with the leadership.
📯 Should Managers Attend Retrospectives? — Making Your Scrum Work #19
There are plenty of failure possibilities with Scrum. Given that Scrum is a framework with a reasonable yet short “manual,” this effect should not surprise anyone. A classic discussion is whether it is appropriate that (line) managers attend the Retrospectives of the Scrum team. Probably, making their attendance a regular habit—or even a requirement—is not a good idea. However, what about managers that occasionally attend a Retrospective? Moreover, what if the (line) manager is also a team member?
Join me and delve into the how and when of managers attending Retrospectives in less than two minutes.
Learn more: Should Managers Attend Retrospectives?
🛠 Tools & Measuring
Mind The Product): 🎙 Getting started with User Story Mapping(via
In this podcast, Jeff Patton explains how you can transform ordinary teams into extraordinary ones by fixing the product backlog.
Medium): How to Solve Impossible Problems: Reframing(via
Jennifer Clinehens suggests a mental model to overcome the unsolvable.
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