Food for Agile Thought #322: Tech Trends 2022, Product Success Factors, Faster and More Predictable Delivery, Cynefin Primer

TL; DR: Tech Trends 2022, Product Success Factors — Food for Agile Thought #322

Welcome to the 322nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,755 peers. This week, we explore macro and strategic tech trends in 2022, from Web3 to Crypto to the Metaverse. Also, we point at a conceptual tool to help leaders understand that they need to change course; we suggest hands-on, practical solutions to an age-old software development problem, and we point at the downside of the growing popularity regarding “Agile,” Sociocracy, or Holacracy.

We then analyze four factors that significantly contribute to sustained product success and suggest applying those best. Next, we join Netflix’s co-founder when he elaborates on a recipe for aspiring disrupters: ‘Just focus on the market that nobody is paying attention to.’ Moreover, we point at a challenging topic for agile teams working remotely: ‘Does your manager trust that you are really working?’

Lastly, we appreciate that Venkatesh Rao shares the main slides — including notes — from his observe–orient–decide–act loop workshop, and we walk through applying a fantastic tool developed by Sakichi Toyoda in the 1930s.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Ian Miell: Why I Keep Coming Back to Cynefin

Ian Miell points at his preferred conceptual tool to help leaders understand that they need to change course.

Source: Why I Keep Coming Back to Cynefin

Author: Ian Miell

➿ Agile & Scrum

Tim Ottinger (via Industrial Logic): Faster and More Predictable

Tim Ottinger suggests hands-on, practical solutions to an age-old software development problem.

Source: Industrial Logic: Faster and More Predictable

Author: Tim Ottinger

Andrea Darabos (via Management 3.0): Managing “Up”: How to Manage Your Manager

Andrea Darabos addresses a challenging topic for agile teams working remotely: ‘Does your manager trust that you are really working?’

Source: Management 3.0: Managing “Up”: How to Manage Your Manager

Author: Andrea Darabos

Pim de Morree (via Corporate Rebels): When Agile, Self-Management, and Holacracy Fail

Pim de Morree points at the downside of the growing popularity regarding “Agile,” Sociocracy, or Holacracy: The hype induces a sharp increase in failure.

Source: Corporate Rebels: When Agile, Self-Management, and Holacracy Fail

Author: Pim de Morree

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🎯 Product

Benedict Evans: Three Steps into the Future

Benedict Evans explores macro and strategic trends in the tech industry, from Web3 to Crypto to the Metaverse.

Source: Three Steps into the Future

Author: Benedict Evans

Roman Pichler: Four Product Success Factors

Roman Pichler analyzes four factors that significantly contribute to sustained product success and suggests how to apply them best.

Source: Four Product Success Factors

Author: Roman Pichler

Marc Randolph: Want to be a Disruptor?

Netflix’s co-founder elaborates on a recipe for aspiring disrupters: ‘Just focus on the market that nobody is paying attention to.’

Source: Want to be a Disruptor?

Author: Marc Randolph

📯 How to Sabotage A Scrum Master — 44 Anti-Patterns from the Trenches

One of my favorite exercises from my Professional Scrum Master classes is how to best sabotage a Scrum Master as a member of the middle management. The exercise rules are simple: You’re not allowed to use any form of illegal activity. So, outsourcing the task to a bunch of outlaws is out of the question. Instead, you are only allowed to use practices that are culturally acceptable within your organization.

Read on and learn more on how to best sabotage a Scrum Master from the exercise results of more than ten PSM I and PSM II classes. (I slightly edited the suggestions for better readability.)

Learn more: How to Sabotage A Scrum Master — 44 Anti-Patterns from the Trenches.

🛠 Tools & Measuring

Venkatesh Rao: Thinking in OODA Loops

Kudos to Venkatesh Rao! He shares the main slides — including notes — from his observe–orient–decide–act loop workshop.

Source: Thinking in OODA Loops

Author: Venkatesh Rao

(via Superhuman): The 5 Whys: Get to the Root of Your Productivity Problems

Karine Bengualid walks us through applying a fantastic tool developed by Sakichi Toyoda in the 1930s.

Source: Superhuman: The 5 Whys: Get to the Root of Your Productivity Problems

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

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