TL; DR: Agile Laggards — Food for Agile Thought #398
Welcome to the 398th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 47,569 peers. This week, we challenge pessimism around agile laggards, arguing that they are potentially more advantaged than their precursors. Also, we explore the benefits of Continuous Delivery and advocate that high-performing teams do not stop at the ‘run‘ level. Instead, the real magic happens with full ownership. Speaking of owning your process: if you take Scrum seriously, employing agile coaches next to Scrum Masters is unnecessary.
Then, we uncover a profound challenge faced by Product Owners: fitting into their organizations and double down on the issue with Leah Tharin, Teresa Torres, and Hope Gurion analyzing how to move organizations and teams from output to outcome. Moreover, we ask regarding strategy and competitors: should we pay attention to them? Also, Anthony Murphy explores the critical components of trust in stakeholder management, offering actionable strategies to establish and foster it.
Finally, Ash Maurya discusses entrepreneurs’ challenges in juggling big-picture vision and immediate action, suggesting skipping product roadmaps in favor of traction roadmaps. John Cutler explores a theory about companies stuck in a ‘doing OK’ basin, neither thriving nor failing, slowly drifting towards obscurity. At the same time, Seth Godin reflects on projects which are promises involving coordination for future value delivery.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Agile Laggards
Medium): Agility for latecomers: Is it too late or a new opportunity?(via
Todd Lankford challenges pessimism around late adopters of agility, arguing that they are potentially more advantaged than their precursors, armed with the wisdom of early adopters and a fresh approach. Learn more about the surprising strengths of late agile adopters.
🍋 The Lemon of the Week
To increase the effectiveness of a Scrum Master, we must shift the responsibilities of the Scrum Master as stated in the Scrum Guide […]:
Another futile attempt to monetize Scrum by fixing its supposedly useless structure. Two thoughts: (1) If Scrum were as useless as described, why is it still around after 25-plus years? (2) Why would you brand your new system, framework, or way of working as “Amplio Scrum?” Isn’t Scrum what you intend to replace?
➿ Agile & Scrum
How To Be An Engineer That PMs Don’t Hate:
Author Stay SaaSy advises engineers aiming for amicability with PMs by valuing the power of shipping code responsibly and avoiding burdening PMs with QA or project management tasks. Moreover, be fair, don’t gang up, do not confuse technical knowledge for intelligence, and articulate tech debt in understandable terms.
🎙 Build Better Products Faster by Embracing Continuous Deliveryand :
Dive into Jason Knight’s engaging dialogue with Dave Farley, the renowned software development thought leader and advocate for ‘Continuous Delivery.’ Discover why it’s paramount, the hurdles in its implementation, and how product managers can facilitate it.
You build it, you own it:
Alex Ewerlöf advocates that high-performing teams do not stop at the ‘run‘ level. Instead, the real magic happens with full ownership.
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Scrum.org): Product Owners – The Messy Reality of Environment(via
Dave West uncovers a profound challenge faced by Product Owners—fitting into their organizations. Conversations with a diverse array of Product Owners reveal that the difficulty often isn’t in executing daily work but navigating their role within established organizational structures.
📺 Teresa Torres & Hope Gurion: Moving Organizations and Teams from Output to Outcome, and :
In this talk, Leah Tharin, Teresa Torres, and Hope Gurion explore leadership, unified knowledge bases, and the harsh realities of crises like the 2008 recession. Delving into the pressure always to be right and impostor syndrome, they remind us that no framework can substitute for ‘putting in the work.’
Medium): Strategy & Competitors. Should We Pay Attention to Them?(via
Roger Martin ponders the potential strategic oversight of ignoring competitors in business strategy. Despite leading their respective fields, Martin’s clients scarcely mention competitors in their strategy discussions. Is this a strategic mistake or an intelligent non-distraction?
📯 Why Employing Agile Coaches next to Scrum Masters Is Unnecessary
Often, when organizations employ agile coaches and Scrum Masters, we can observe that agile coaches work at an organizational level. In contrast, Scrum Masters work in a tactical role at the team level in a “delivery manager capacity,” which defies the Scrum Guide’s concept of accountabilities.
However, if you take Scrum seriously, this approach has no upside. Here are eight reasons for empowering your Scrum Masters to work with the organization.
Disclaimer: I acknowledge, though, that “agile coach” is a helpful keyword for positioning yourself as an agile practitioner; potential employers and clients search for this term.
🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring
YouTube): 📺 Essential Strategies for building Trust and Influence(via
This video by Anthony Murphy explores the critical components of trust in stakeholder management, offering actionable strategies to establish and foster it.
Nuke the bug list when you nuke the backlog:
Allan Kelly invites us to challenge our perception of ‘bugs’ versus ‘enhancements.’ Questioning the impact of labels on the priority and perception of work, he suggests focusing on benefit as the overriding criterion. Is the ‘bug or change request’ debate a waste of time?
Don’t Create a Product Roadmap. Use a Traction Roadmap Instead.:
Ash Maurya discusses entrepreneurs’ challenges in juggling big-picture vision and immediate action, arguing that traditional roadmaps fall short. His solution? The Traction Roadmap. It is an adaptive tool charting milestones towards a scalable business model under uncertainty.
Stuck In The Valley of ‘Doing OK’:
John Cutler explores a theory about companies stuck in a ‘doing OK’ basin, neither thriving nor failing, slowly drifting towards obscurity. Are companies in this zone stuck in a plateau? Moreover, what could work to overcome this status and initiate change for the better?
To Seth Godin, projects are promises involving coordination for future value delivery. Every undertaking dances with uncertainty, whether it is a routine meeting or constructing a skyscraper. And management? It’s indispensable, for projects don’t complete themselves.
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