Food for Agile Thought #147: Business Agility by Scaling Agile, Beyond Budgeting, How to Say No

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #147—shared with 17,882 peers—addresses business agility and what is required to make it happen. We learn that merely scaling ‘agile’ is not the path as business agility also needs changes of a different nature. Overcoming the traditional budgeting process, for example.

Speaking of which, Steve Denning contributes ten axioms that make traditional managers anxious; ridiculing ‘agile’ is no longer an option to deal with it.

Lastly, we borrow six tips to handle demanding stakeholders without burning bridges, and we learn which low-hanging fruits to pick to make an excellent first impression as a newly hired product manager.

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Food for Agile Thought #146: Finding Agile Metrics, Product Bets, Business Agility, Bad Pressure

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #146—shared with 17,791 peers—addresses finding agile metrics, how to play the product game safe and lose, and why BDD is an integral part of business agility.

We also ask yourselves: Should an agile coach rather be an organizational psychotherapist? Or what are you doing all day if you’re supporting a single team as a scrum master?

Lastly, our gut feeling is confirmed that innovation does not happen under pressure as well as that ‘saying yes’ is not scaling technique to build successful products. (Fortunately, there are also six ways how to accomplish growth without trying to be everybody’s darling.)

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Food for Agile Thought #145: Make Agile Work, Graphic Facilitation, Managing HIPPOs

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #145—shared with 17,732 peers—addresses how to make agile work for you, how graphics can massively improve your facilitation skills, and how you can identify friends and foes with an organizational design analysis.

We also get a better understanding of Kanban Cadences, how to sell and prioritize non-feature work such as refactoring, and why merely shipping code does not mean you understand the philosophy of Kaizen.

Lastly, learn new tips and trick on how to deal with HIPPOs and their pet projects in your organization.

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Food for Agile Thought #144: Internet Trends 2018, Iceberg of Ignorance, Misunderstanding Kanban, Amazon Prime

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #144—shared with 17,591 peers—covers Mary Meeker’s epic report on Internet trends 2018, the background on why and how Amazon figured out the benefits of Amazon Prime, and why smart organizations leave the decision making to those closest to a problem.

We also appreciate Setapp’s detailed process to run product-/market fit analyses, and we learn why improving flow is the Swiss Army knife to solving all kind of issues.

Lastly, Leon Tranter makes a compelling pitch to dare more Kanban, and yes, running experiments will reduce output — if you ignore flow basics in the process.

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Food for Agile Thought #144: Internet Trends 2018, Iceberg of Ignorance, Misunderstanding Kanban, Amazone Prime

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Food for Agile Thought #143: Ignorant Management, The Better Scrum Master, Building the Right Thing

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #143—shared with 17,473 peers—covers the pain of scrum teams working for ignorant management and improves our problem-solving capacity thanks to mental models from the circle of competence to Hanlon’s razor.

We applaud Mike Cohn for sharing ten practices, a scrum master should take to heart, and we learn how to create an agile community of practice and why that is a critical success factor. Also, we embrace the idea of guerilla user testing and building an information radiator for your team.

Lastly, we enjoy Des Traynor’s talk about figuring out what is worth building and taking it from there with style.

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Food for Agile Thought #142: Corporate Innovation Failure, Flow Metrics, Bad Behavior, Design Thinking, JTBD Canvas

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #142—shared with 17,322 peers—covers corporate innovation failure patterns, dives into flow metrics for Scrum, and asks: does more planning make the team more successful?

We also shed light on systemic issues that may trigger bad behavior in people and try to understand better whether design thinking is indeed “BS.” (Some do not think so, a Danish toy manufacturer, for example, check their case study on running design thinking at scale.)

Lastly, we like to invite you to participate in the Scrum Master Trends Survey 2018 — a joined-venture of Scrum.org and Age of Product.

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