Food for Agile Thought #252

TL; DR: Resolving Team Conflict, Ikigai & Cynefin — Food for Agile Thought #252

Welcome to the 252nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,787 peers. This week, we analyze options for resolving team conflict; we learn more about our team’s reason for being, and we think about how we are complicit in change fatigue.

We then advocate the unlearning of user stories, and we learn how to rejuvenate user growth by focusing on unlikely user groups. Moreover, we discover another five ways to tackle churn and improve retention.

Lastly, we embrace another help to get a hold on uncertainty and complexity with the Cynefin framework.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Resolving Team Conflict

Mike Griffiths: 5 Tools for Team Conflict Resolution

Mike Griffiths analyzes five ways of resolving team conflict.

Source: 5 Tools for Team Conflict Resolution

Author: Mike Griffiths

Agile & Scrum

Jeff Gothelf: Ikigai — a formula for successful agile team leadership

Jeff Gothelf suggests a practice to learn the answer to the question of your team’s reason for being.

Source: Ikigai — a formula for successful agile team leadership

Author: Jeff Gothelf

Len Lagestee: Let’s Talk About Change Fatigue

Len Lagestee delves into how we contribute to our change fatigue and what we can do about it.

Source: Let’s Talk About Change Fatigue

Author: Len Lagestee

Harold Jarche: cynefin

Harold Jarche runs a retrospective on how the Cynefin framework has influenced his work.

Source: cynefin

Author: Harold Jarche

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Product & Lean

Matt Philip: Stop writing stories, start validating working software

Matt Philip advocates the unlearning of user stories.

Source: Stop writing stories, start validating working software

Author: Matt Philip

Bangaly Kaba: The Adjacent User Theory

Bangaly Kaba recalls how Instagram rejuvenated user growth by focusing on the Adjacent User Theory.

Source: The Adjacent User Theory

Author: Bangaly Kaba

Jason Evanish: Slaying Churn Monsters: 5 ways to reduce churn better than an exit survey

Jason Evanish shares five ways to tackle churn and improve retention.

Source: Slaying Churn Monsters: 5 ways to reduce churn better than an exit survey

Author: Jason Evanish

📯 Scrum’s Nature: It Is a Tool; It Is Not About Love or Hate

Regularly, we find articles from developers detailing why ‘Agile’ in general and Scrum’s nature, in particular, deserve our collective disdain.

What has always struck me in this discussion is the emotionality. Scrum is a tool useful to accomplish one primary task: delivering value to customers of emergent products in complex environments while mitigating an organization’s exposure to risk at the same time. So, if Scrum is not working in an organization, maybe it is because Scrum is applied to the wrong cause in the first place. Or, that its application has been mechanical, driven by folks who don’t know what they are doing. (Seriously, how hard can Scrum be if the manual comprises of 18 pages, right?)

The question then is: Why would I “hate” a tool unsuited for the intended purpose or applied incompetently? Would I hate a hammer for not being capable of accurately driving a screw into a wooden beam? Probably not, as the hammer wasn’t designed for that purpose, and neither sheer will-power nor stamping with your feet will change the fact.

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