Food for Thought #32: Agile Team Building & Leadership

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of March 13th, 2016 covers Agile team building from coaching and engineering perspectives, agile leadership, 15 years into the Agile Manifesto, discovery coaches, Product Hunt’s magic rise, product portfolio management with stage-gates in the era of Agile, how to run corporate design sprints, the psychology of stupid mistakes, workaholism, is messaging more a distraction than supportive and the art of failing upward.

Sunday Essays

David Hambrick on new research that suggests there are three distinct types of action that bring palm to face (via Scientific American): The Psychology of the Breathtakingly Stupid Mistake

Agile leadership: The Psychology of the Breathtakingly Stupid Mistake

Jason Fried on the benefits of asynchronous communication (via Medium): Is group chat making you sweat?

Group chat is like being in an all-day meeting with random participants and no agenda.

Ryan Avent on a new study that shows that we might enjoy work because it is both satisfying and there is no way out of it (via 1843 magazine): Why do we work so hard? Is workaholism really unhealthy?

Kate Losse on the startup world's addiction to ‘failure’ and why not everyone can fail successfully (via The New York Times): The Art of Failing Upward

Agile Team Building, Leadership & Scrum

Himanshu Sharma and Matthias Kunze share the story of how Zalando built a self-organized team—a process filled with ups and downs (via Zalando Technology): Building a self-organized team in a radically agile company

Luke Morton on lessons learned when building an agile team from an engineering perspective (via Made Tech): How To Build An Agile Team

Jake Calabrese outlines the way to build antifragile relationships in agile teams (via Agile For All): Building Antifragile Relationships and Teams

Malcolm Isaacs asks Bob Martin to shed some light on what really happened during the meeting at Snowbird, and how he views the legacy of the Manifesto fifteen years later (via TechBeacon): Uncle Bob Martin on the legacy of the Agile Manifesto 15 years later

Doc Norton on why "my team does not get agile" is less a problem of the team, but the coach's approach to do everything at once (via Medium): Coaching Anti-Patterns : Shock and Awe

Peter Green on former U.S. Navy Submarine Commander David Marquet’s book “Turn the Ship Around”, his learning on leadership and how this can be applied to other organizations (via Agile For All): Turn The Ship Around – A View Into Agile Leadership

Leadership: Embedding the capacity for greatness in the people and practices of an organization, and decoupling it from the personality of the leader.

Tomas Kejzlar on team empowering, place more and more emphasis on networks, teams and delegating responsibility to people actually doing the work (via Medium): Responsibility: the Game of Give and Take

Product & Lean

Marty Cagan describes his concept of ‘discovery coaches’ in further detail and distinguishes them from ‘agile delivery coaches’: Discovery Coaches

Ben Gelsey on Product Hunt's "magic" rise—an "overnight success", 1,834 Days in the Making (via Medium): Product Hunt’s Rise

Unfortunately as these would-be founders quickly discovered, there’s a lot more to starting a community site than the idea and technical execution.

Chad McAllister interviews Mitch Kemp of Stage-Gate International on innovation, product management and risk management in time of agile methodologies: TEI 062: Stage-gate, agile stage-gate, and innovation tools

James Turner on going from a place of uncertainty to testing a kickass Keynote prototype with customers (via Medium): Design Sprints: Advice for Running a Corporate Design Sprint

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