Food for Agile Thought #446: Scrum’s Decline, Product Transformation Failure, Product Trios, CapEx and OpEx and Agile

Stefan Wolpers
Food for Agile Thought
10 min readJun 7, 2024

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TL; DR: Scrum’s Decline — Food for Agile Thought #446

Welcome to the 446th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 42,578 peers. This week, Todd Lankford addresses Scrum’s decline due to lack of trust, customer disconnection, team silos, and limited learning, while Sivan Hermon discusses Google’s success with Itamar Gilad’s GIST framework during COVID-19. Moreover, David Luke explains how aligning CapEx and OpEx with Agile models enhances efficiency, and the McKinsey Talks Operations podcast explores leveraging failure for innovation, emphasizing psychological safety and continuous learning. Also, our Lemon critiques Agile projects’ high failure rates, promoting the self-serving alternative methodology.

Next, John Cutler warns that treating product transformations as projects leads to failure by ignoring the present, team-led change, and continuous improvement. Teresa Torres advocates for product trios, emphasizing their collaborative benefits, and Itamar Medeiros discusses using the Jobs-to-be-Done framework for effective roadmap planning and Product Backlog refinement. Then, Andy Hughes outlines conditions for product managers’ success, stressing supportive environments, effective processes, and a conducive organizational culture.

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Stefan Wolpers
Food for Agile Thought

I have worked for 18-plus years as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, and agile coach. Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org.