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.
GOTO Conferences): GOTO 2017 • Patterns of Effective Teams(via
Dan North’s presentation at GOTO Chicago 2017 on the patterns how effective teams solve problems.
When Ignorance is Bliss:
Liz Keogh advocates learning by doing over planning as human systems thwart any plans, and unexpected context emerges.
TechBeacon): Why your execs don't get agile and what you can do about it(via
Matthew Heusser shares five common reasons executives don’t get agile—and what you can do about it.
Deloitte Agile): Defining Enterprise Agilityand (via
Tahlia Oliver and Maria Muir explain why enterprise agility is needed to remain competitive and what agility means at the enterprise level.
Product & Lean
everydayAgile): How bad requirements are born(via
Karin Dames suggests to free yourself from tools for requirements gathering and focus on communication instead.
Mind The Product): How bad Ideas get on the Roadmap(via
Christian Bonilla lists tips on how to mitigate the problem of building inferior product roadmaps.
Medium): Public Product Road Map: a how to guide, an analysis on 50 public road maps and a public database(via
Federico Wengi shares his research on public product roadmaps.
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
O'Reilly Radar): The evolving role of product managementand (via
Martin Eriksson and Nate Walkingshaw provide the first chapter of their new book ‘Product Leadership.'