Food For Thought #97: Abandoning Scrum, Patterns of Effective Teams, Bad Product Roadmaps

Food for Thought’s issue #97—shared with 9,483 peers—deals with abandoning Scrum in favor of Kanban, how effective teams work, and why they need psychological safety to get the job done.

We also try to understand why the people from the executive level—despite their best intentions—fail to understand agile, and what enterprise agility is all about.

On the product side, we come to understand why crappy product roadmaps still exist. (Let’s start at the requirements level, shall we?) Perhaps, a public roadmap might solve the problem, check out 50 plus of those aggregated by Federico Wengi.

Finally, we have a sneak preview at the first chapter of ‘Product Leadership’ by Martin Eriksson and Nate Walkingshaw.

Have a great week!

Agile & Abandoning Scrum

(via Mind The Product): Transitioning from Scrum to Kanban

Susan Trapp shares the story of Hubble.com where they decided to improve the quality of the delivered product by moving from Scrum to Kanban.

(via Intercom): Engineering a culture of psychological safety

John Looney on how to create the most important factor for successful teams.

Dan North (via GOTO Conferences): GOTO 2017 • Patterns of Effective Teams

Dan North’s presentation at GOTO Chicago 2017 on the patterns how effective teams solve problems.

Liz Keogh: When Ignorance is Bliss

Liz Keogh advocates learning by doing over planning as human systems thwart any plans, and unexpected context emerges.

Matthew Heusser (via TechBeacon): Why your execs don't get agile and what you can do about it

Matthew Heusser shares five common reasons executives don’t get agile—and what you can do about it.

Tahlia Oliver and Maria Muir (via Deloitte Agile): Defining Enterprise Agility

Tahlia Oliver and Maria Muir explain why enterprise agility is needed to remain competitive and what agility means at the enterprise level.

Product & Lean

Karin Dames (via everydayAgile): How bad requirements are born

Karin Dames suggests to free yourself from tools for requirements gathering and focus on communication instead.

Christian Bonilla (via Mind The Product): How bad Ideas get on the Roadmap

Christian Bonilla lists tips on how to mitigate the problem of building inferior product roadmaps.

Federico Wengi (via Medium): Public Product Road Map: a how to guide, an analysis on 50 public road maps and a public database

Federico Wengi shares his research on public product roadmaps.

Marty Cagan: The Customer Letter

Marty Cagan describes a variation of Amazon’s product discovery process which is based on a (pretended) press release at its beginning.

The Essential Read

Martin Eriksson and Nate Walkingshaw (via O'Reilly Radar): The evolving role of product management

Martin Eriksson and Nate Walkingshaw provide the first chapter of their new book ‘Product Leadership.'