Food for Agile Thought #266

TL; DR: Popular Component Teams, Team Morale in WFH Times — Food for Agile Thought #266

Welcome to the 266th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 27,841 peers. This week, we attempt to understand the why and how of popular component teams; we pick new practices to build morale remotely, and we confront our anxiety of having to deal with emotional reactions at work.

We then mourn the passing of product roadmaps (just kidding, they’re alive and well); we have a look at Spotify’s new platform supporting product discovery, and we gain a better understanding of how to determine the pricing of a SaaS product.

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James Shore: Chapter 4: Investing in Agility

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Agile & Scrum

Joshua Kerievsky (via Industrial Logic): Why Are Component Teams Still So Popular?

Joshua Kerievsky reflects on cross-functional teams, the popularity of components, and how this is affecting the strive for business agility.

Source: Industrial Logic: Why Are Component Teams Still So Popular?

Author: Joshua Kerievsky

Claire Lew (via Know Your Team): How to build team morale remotely

Claire Lew shares 12 practices for how to build team morale remotely in the long-term.

Source: Know Your Team | Blog: How to build team morale remotely

Author: Claire Lew

(via Radical Candor): Emotional Reactions At Work Are Awkward: Here’s How To Deal

Radical Candor lists hands-on advice on how to deliver honest feedback and navigate emotional reactions.

Source: Radical Candor: Emotional Reactions At Work Are Awkward: Here’s How To Deal

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Product & Lean

Janna Bastow (via Mind The Product): Roadmaps Are Dead. Long Live Roadmaps!

In this podcast, Janna Bastow delves into whether every product needs a roadmap and, if so, why a roadmap needs to be human-readable.

Source: Mind The Product: Roadmaps Are Dead. Long Live Roadmaps!

Author: Janna Bastow

Johan Rydberg (via Spotify Engineering): Spotify’s New Experimentation Platform (Part 1)

Johan Rydberg provides insight into Spotify’s new platform to support product discovery.

Source: Spotify Engineering: Spotify’s New Experimentation Platform (Part 1)

Author: Johan Rydberg

Lenny Rachitsky and Patrick Campbell: How to price your SaaS product

Patrick Campbell dissects the path to achieving the optimal pricing strategy.

Source: How to price your SaaS product

Authors: Lenny Rachitsky and Patrick Campbell

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Stefan Wolpers

Stefan Wolpers

I have worked for 16-plus years as anScrum Master, Product Owner, and agile coach. Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org.