Food for Agile Thought #150

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #150 focuses on the role of the agile manager — from the perspective of the incumbent middle management. We also address changing the culture: what six steps are required and why putting up new value posters is futile.

We then take a deep dive into product prioritization and how to figure out what is worth building. Moreover, Andrew Chen provides a great collection of essays for those working on marketplaces.

Finally, the question of whether Scrum is iterative or incremental is answered.

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🏆 The Essential Read

McKinsey Quarterly looks at the ‘Spotify’ model from the perspective of the incumbent middle management. (Probably not realizing that there is no ‘Spotify’ model.)

Source: McKinsey Quarterly: The agile manager

Agile Manager & Scrum

Jutta Eckstein and John Buck point to the fact that culture will not change by propagating different values, but by changing habits and behaviors.

Source: Agile Alliance: Changing the Culture by Changing Habits

Author: Jutta Eckstein

Michael Sahota claims there are the six essential steps to change your organization’s culture.

Source: How To Change Your Organizational Culture

Author: Michael Sahota

Ron Jeffries details why Scrum and eXtreme Programming are both iterative and incremental.

Source: Iterative and Incremental

Author: Ron Jeffries

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Read more: Agile Transformation: Mastery, Autonomy & Purpose.

Product & Lean

Scott Hurff shares the third chapter from his book ‘Designing Products People Love.’

Source: O’Reilly Radar: How to decide what product to build

Author: Scott Hurff

Just One More Sprint!?
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John Cutler highlights some fundamental product development prioritization concepts.

Source: Medium: Just One More Sprint!?

Author: John Cutler

Andrew Chen of a16z shares a great curation of articles on how to create and grow marketplaces.

Source: Required reading for marketplace startups: The 20 best essays

Author: Andrew Chen

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