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TL; DR: Great Strategies, Agile’s Value Focus — Food for Agile Thought #406

Welcome to the 406th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 48,537 peers. This week, Jason Cohen discusses the hallmarks of great strategies; Donald Mark Haynes unpacks true agility beyond Scrum; Michael Göthe reviews Stephen Bungay’s insights on leadership drawn from military history; and David Perell examines Elon Musk’s improvement process.

Then, Gary Niemen delves into how Buddhism and meditation principles enhance product management; Jeff Gothelf underscores the value of framing work as a hypothesis; and Roman Pichler identifies common pitfalls in product strategy formulation.

Lastly, Ari Tikka corrects misconceptions about Tuckman’s “Orming” and its confusion with Katzenbach and Smith’s curve; Joshua Kerievsky champions probabilistic forecasting, using Monte Carlo simulations; and Enzo Avigo introduces Engineering-driven development (EDD), emphasizing engineer-led product processes at the expense of product managers.

Food for Agile Thought #406: Great Strategies Are Simplistic, Zen and Product Management, Hypotheses for Framing, Agile’s Value Focus — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Great Strategies

Jason Cohen (via Jason Cohen): What makes a strategy great

Jason Cohen emphasizes that most strategies are poorly defined and ineffective. A great strategy communicates ‘how we will win’ and possesses qualities like simplicity, candor, decisiveness, and a focus on long-term goals.

🍋 Lemon of the Week

(via Reddit): From the scrum community on Reddit: Scrum Masters: How would you improve my flavor of SCRUM, Tetrum?

This week’s lemon is another futile attempt to solve a non-existing problem, mimicking Scrum and risking burnout and event overhead. The comments in the Reddit thread are entertaining, though.

➿ Agile & Scrum

(via Agile Alliance): An Agile Focus on Value

Donald ‘Mark’ Haynes delves into the essence of true agility beyond just Scrum events, emphasizing value in productivity and stakeholder satisfaction.

Michael Göthe (via Crisp): Stephen Bungay and the Art of Leadership

Michael Göthe highlights a keynote from Stephen Bungay on leadership, covering learning from military history to alignment vs. autonomy to leading through intent.

David Perell: Elon Musk’s five-step process for improvement.

David Perell points to Elon Musk’s improvement process, which emphasizes questioning assumptions and regularly deleting processes to ensure agility.

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🎯 Product

Gary Niemen (via Medium): Zen and The Art of Product Management

Gary Niemen reflects on the complexities of product management, highlighting how Buddhism and meditation principles from his past have offered great skills to navigate the role.

Jeff Gothelf: Hypotheses in Any Context

Jeff Gothelf highlights the importance of framing work as a hypothesis for its blend of humility, customer-centricity, and storytelling.

Roman Pichler: 10 Product Strategy Mistakes to Avoid

Roman Pichler addresses ten frequent mistakes in product strategy, from lacking one to being unspecific to running a strategy cult.

📯 Adherence to Legacy Systems, Processes, and Practices — Scrum Anti-Patterns Taxonomy (1)

Administrative overreach and micromanagement in Scrum mainly arise from clinging to legacy systems and traditional (management) practices, leading to rigidity and misapplication of Agile principles. The excessive control by stakeholders and the management level stifles creativity and adaptability, disrupting planning and hindering a Scrum team’s growth. Moreover, these categories from the Scrum anti-patterns taxonomy often emphasize an unbalanced focus on short-term gains, neglecting long-term strategy, value creation, and the essential alignment among all stakeholders to succeed in uncertainty.

Learn how these Scrum anti-patterns categories manifest themselves and how they affect value creation for customers and the long-term sustainability of the organization.

This is the first of three articles analyzing the 183 anti-patterns from the upcoming Scrum Anti-Patterns Guide book. The following article will address communication and collaboration issues at the team and organizational levels.

Adherence to Legacy Systems, Processes, and Practices — Scrum Anti-Patterns Taxonomy (1) — Age-of-Product.com

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Ari Tikka (via Gosei): Forming, Storming, Dreaming, Performing

Ari Tikka critiques the widespread misinterpretation of Tuckman’s “Orming” and its confusion with Katzenbach and Smith’s “Team development curve.”

Joshua Kerievsky (via Industrial Logic): Reckoning with Reality with Probabilistic Forecasting

Joshua Kerievsky addresses the perennial product development question, “When will it be done?” Highlighting the value of probabilistic forecasting, which utilizes daily throughput and Monte Carlo simulations, the approach provides date predictions based on factual inputs.

Enzo Avigo (via June): The Rise of Engineering-Driven Development (EDD)

Enzo Avigo explains Engineering-driven development (EDD), placing product initiation, definition, and execution in engineers’ hands, sidelining product managers.

🎶 Encore

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #405: Dysfunction Mapping, Guide to Product Ideas, Resistance To Change, Acing Product Manager Interviews .

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