TL; DR: Organizational Silos, Staying Calm—Food for Agile Thought #233

Welcome to the 233rd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 25,738 peers. This week, we delve into mental models that support decision making in heated situations; we examine how organizational silos emerge and how to take a shot at them, and we embrace a comprehensive analysis of the ‘right’ size of a Scrum team.

We then applaud an epic book-club facilitation guide covering Melissa Perri’s ‘Escaping The Build Trap’ book; we get a better understanding of how we can turn WFH time into quality time from a product management perspective, and we tackle six common product leadership challenges.

Lastly, we take another step towards organizational agility by understanding the importance of multi-functional learning for your team members.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #232 ?

Food for Agile Thought #233: Staying Calm in Charged Situations, Organizational Silos, WFH Quality Time, Escaping The Build Trap

🏆 The Tip of the Week

Shane Parrish (via Farnam Street): Using Models to Stay Calm in Charged Situations

Shane Parrish shares various mental models to support us in making the right decisions in controversial situations.

Agile, Organizational Silos & Scrum

Len Lagestee: How Organizational Silos Form

Len Lagestee gets to the bottom of what organizational silos are, how they form, and how to remove them.

Ilia Pavlichenko (via Scrum.org): Multi-Functional Learning is the Heart of Agility

Ilia Pavlichenko points at why the development of multi-functional specialists within your teams is the route to organizational agility.

Mark Levison: What is the Recommended Scrum Team Size?

Mark Levison explores the research and shares his personal experiences about a practical Scrum team size.

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Product & Lean

Marty Cagan: Working From Home

Marty Cagan shares ten suggestions on how to use #WFH to find quality time for the most essential yet most time-consuming aspects of a product manager’s job.

Viktor Cessan: Escaping The Build Trap – Book Club Facilitation Guide

This is another epic contribution from Viktor Cessan—a complete guide to Melissa Perri’s ‘Escaping The Build Trap’ book.

Roman Pichler: How to Overcome 6 Key Product Leadership Challenges

Roman Pichler advises on how product managers and Product Owners can address and overcome six leadership challenges from lacking transactional power to guiding self-organizing teams.

📯 Development Team Anti-Patterns

After covering the Scrum Master and the Product Owner, this article addresses Development Team anti-patterns , covering all Scrum Events as well as the Product Backlog artifact. Learn more about what to look out for if you want to support your fellow teammates.

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🗞 Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #232: Agile’s Demise, Big Scale Digital Transformations, Data-Drivenness Perils, Ultimate Testing Framework .

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