Food for Agile Thought #212

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #212 delves into coach assessment options; we learn how to help teams out of being stuck in discussions, and we gain more insight into the challenges of moving from directive to supportive leadership.

We also embrace the qualities that impact mapping brings to product discovery; we appreciate a new approach to making product decisions, and we will stop ignoring our competition.

Lastly, we are grateful that someone asked the obvious question: Is ‘Agile’ keeping us too focused on ‘building stuff?’

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🏆 The Essential Read

Viktor Cessan: Temporal Dynamics — Coaching Teams Stuck In Discussion Gridlock

Viktor Cessan elaborates on what “temporal dynamics is, and how you can help a group that has gotten themselves stuck in a cycle of temporal oscillation.”

Source: Temporal Dynamics — Coaching Teams Stuck In Discussion Gridlock

Author: Viktor Cessan

Agile & Scrum

Len Lagestee: How to Assess an Organizational Change Coach

Coach assessment: Len Lagestee points at the ambiguity of the role of the change coach and the lack of a physical outcome to probe for quality.

Source: How to Assess an Organizational Change Coach

Author: Len Lagestee

Charles Lambdin (via Medium): Creating Value with the First Two Laws of Consulting

Charles Lambdin asks: Is ‘Agile’ keeping us too focused on ‘building stuff?’

Source: Medium: Creating Value with the First Two Laws of Consulting

Author: Charles Lambdin

(via Corporate Rebels): Stop Being A Manager: Start Being A Leader

Corporate Rebels reflect on walking the walk when it comes to moving from directive to supportive leadership.

Source: Corporate Rebels: Stop Being A Manager: Start Being A Leader

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Product & Lean

Tim Herbig (via ProductCraft): How to Stay on Course During Product Discovery

Tim Herbig delves into the advantages of impact mapping to avoid confirmation bias and predetermined solutions during product discovery.

Source: ProductCraft: How to Stay on Course During Product Discovery

Author: Tim Herbig

Laura Klein: A Framework for Making Better Product Decisions

Laura Klein advocates for a more disciplined approach to planning and review to improve learnings from mistakes.

Source: A Framework for Making Better Product Decisions

Author: Laura Klein

Marie Prokopets (via Product Habits): Why you shouldn’t ignore your competitors

Marie Prokopets challenges the widespread Silicon Valley practice of ignoring the competition because it has become too fierce.

Source: Product Habits: Why you shouldn’t ignore your competitors

Author: Marie Prokopets

Support the Design of the Agile Metrics Survey 2020

Usually, we start an initiative or project by defining what success would look like and how we would learn that we are successful. Which immediately points at metrics of all kinds. This approach is not different for any attempt to become agile, to turn into a learning organization — at least it should not be.

The question is which metrics have been proven to be successful in the past to support that approach. In other words: is there life beyond velocity?

I believe that real data also supports any agile transformation or whatever you like to call it. Hence I will run another survey from the end of October 2020 to collect that information: Who is using what agile metrics in which context to get a better understanding of how becoming agile is progressing within the organization in question?

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I have worked for 17-plus years as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, and agile coach. Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org.