Food for Agile Thought’s issue #114—shared with 12,308 peers—focuses on team building and rockstar engineers, or better: the lack of them. We also come back to psychological safety and wonder whether the term is overused or abused?
Steve Denning explains why SAFe == pre-Copernican command and control thinking, and we learn what misconception lets software product spiral out of control.
Lastly, Kate Bennet shares the results of her survey on product prioritization methods.
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Tip of the Week: Rockstar Engineers
Free Code Camp): We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made.(via
Jonathan Solórzano-Hamilton tells the tale how firing the genius rockstar engineer liberated the whole organization.
Agile & Scrum
TED Talks): Forget the pecking order at work(via
Margaret Heffernan dissects ‘the super chicken model,’ where organizations place value on star employees who outperform others.
Medium): The (Psychological) Safety Dance(via
John Cutler asks: Why are we obsessed with psychological safety?
Forbes): What Is Agile? The Four Essential Elements(via
Steve Denning explains why SAFe, and other ‘agile scaling frameworks’ represent outdated command & control thinking.
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Product & Lean
Medium): Why software projects spiral out of control(via
Kannan Chandrasegaran points at a core misunderstanding that dooms many products from the start.
Mind The Product): Product Prioritization by the Numbers(via
Kate Bennet surveyed 50 product managers on how they prioritize features.
Brainmates): 5 Lessons from Growing 5 to 40 Product Managers in Just 4 Years(via
Maxime Prades looks back at his time at Zendesk where he took the product organization from five to 40 people in seven locations.
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