Food for Agile Thought #158

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #158 visits the poster child of self-managed organizations — Semco — , we deal with building trust in teams, and we learn why agile companies no longer require plans.

We appreciate Roman Pichler’s sprint planning tips & tricks for product owners, we dive into the commandments of outstanding products, and we understand how falling in love with a solution can wreck a whole organization.

Lastly, we come back to product discovery and learn a new approach how to reinvent a strategy to figure out what’s worth building.

Have a great week!

🏆 The Essential Read: Semco Transformation

(via Corporate Rebels): Fixing Work That Sucks: Semco’s Step-By-Step Transformation

Corporate Rebels interviewed Ricardo Semler, Clovis Bojikian and Semco workers how the poster child of self-management is doing.

Source: Corporate Rebels: Fixing Work That Sucks: Semco’s Step-By-Step Transformation

Agile & Scrum

Roman Pichler: Sprint Planning Tips for Product Owners

Roman Pichler shares tips for product owners on how to get more out of Scrum’s most important event — the sprint planning.

Source: Sprint Planning Tips for Product Owners

Author: Roman Pichler

Tanner Wortham: How Do I Foster Trust Within My Team?

Tanner Wortham reflects on the most challenging task for any Scrum Master.

Source: How Do I Foster Trust Within My Team?

Author: Rob Wortham

Dilbert: We Don’t Need a Plan. We Are an Agile Company.

The pointy-haired boss suggests to move fast and fix the mistakes on the go.

Source: We Don’t Need a Plan. We Are an Agile Company.

Author: Scott Adams

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📯 The Meta-Retrospective

A meta-retrospective is an excellent exercise to foster collaboration within the extended team, create a shared understanding of the big picture, and immediately create valuable action-items. It comprises of the team members of one or several product teams — or representative from those — and stakeholders. Participants from the stakeholder side are people from the business as well as customers. Meta-retrospectives are useful both as a regular event, say once a quarter, or after achieving a particular milestone, for example, a specific release of the product.

Read more: The Meta-Retrospective — How To Get Customers and Stakeholders Onboard.

Product & Lean

Jeff Davidson (via The Startup): The 10 Commandments of Good Products

The 10 Commandments of Good Products
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Jeff Davidson examines why we buy what we buy, and how a product ‘spreads’ to reach profitability.

Source: The Startup: The 10 Commandments of Good Products

Author: Jeff Davidson

Hope Gurion (via Insight Venture Partners): The Best Product Teams Crave Truth and Do Math

Hope Gurion analyzes the failure of PlayPump, rooted in the unfounded feeling of certainty among its makers.

Source: Insight Venture Partners: The Best Product Teams Crave Truth and Do Math

Author: Hope Gurion

Matteo Cavucci (via Avanscoperta Blog): Product Discovery Strategy with EventStorming and Lean Value Tree

Matteo Cavucci shares a success story on how to invent a new strategy to figure out what’s worth building.

Source: Avanscoperta Blog: Product Discovery Strategy with EventStorming and Lean Value Tree

Author: Matteo Cavucci

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