TL; DR: Idea Repositories, Team Building w/ Conway’s Law — Food for Agile Thought #335
Welcome to the 335th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 34,866 peers. This week, we analyze the benefits of organizing transparent systems that handle the influx of suggestions, requirements, epiphanies, and learning: ideas repositories. Also, we describe the benefits of applying lessons learned from “Team Topologies” by Manuel Pais and Matthew Skelton regarding team building, and we explain the difference between coaching and mentoring, two critical stances of a servant leader.
We then listen to John Cutler exploring how “teams slip into the trap of using a single ‘mono-process’ (one way) for all types of work.” Moreover, we suggest building products with—not for—your community, delve into six essentials factors determining whether your product team will be successful, and figure out a way to measure the added value of your product.
Lastly, we share Luís Soares’s refreshingly contrarian thinking on estimations, Sprints, and other practices he considers futile. Finally, we close with Shane Parrish, who reflects on the effects of “mapping” the world and then taking this map as an accurate representation of the world.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Idea Repositories
(via Team ReOps): Research Repositories: A ResearchOps Community Program of Work
Brigette Metzler, Bri Norton, Dana Chrisfield, and Mark McElhaw analyze the benefits of organizing a transparent system that handles the influx of suggestions, requirements, epiphanies, learning, and ideas in general.
➿ Agile & Scrum
(via Xero): How we used Conway’s Law to create high-performing teams
In this article, Lynn Hamilton describes the benefits of applying lessons learned from “Team Topologies” by Manuel Pais and Matthew Skelton.
Coaching vs. Mentoring:
Marty Cagan explains the difference between the two critical stances of a servant leader.
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📺 Less Mono-Process:
In this video, John Cutler explores how “teams slip into the trap of using a single ‘mono-process’ (one way) for all types of work.”
productboard): Leveraging communities to drive product growth and engagement(via
Scott Baldwin suggests building products with—not for—your community.
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Tim Herbig delves into six essentials factors determining whether your product team will be successful.
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🛠 Tools & Measuring
Medium): #NoEstimates and #NoIterations: Estimation is waste and non-sense but many teams still abide by it(via
Luís Soares shares refreshing contrarian thinking on estimations, Sprints, and other practices he considers futile.
How to measure the added value of a product:
Oleg Yakubenkov suggests a way to measure the added value of your product.
✂️ Cutting Room Floor
Farnam Street): The Map Is Not the Territory(via
Shane Parrish reflects on the effects of “mapping” the world and then taking the map as a perfect representation of the world.
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