Food for Agile Thought #239

TL; DR: Spotify Model Fallacy, Remote Discovery — Food for Agile Thought #239

Welcome to the 239th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,242 peers. This week, we point again at the Spotify Model fallacy; we understand the importance of empowered engineers to break out of the feature factory paradigm, and we put the org chart into the spotlight, the gateway to realizing change.

We also learn how to continue our product discovery efforts in today’s world of virtual communication; we look at the roots of innovation, and we are relieved that design sprints are open again for business — with a remote working guide from the maestro himself.

Lastly, we embrace an epic list of remote working resources, courtesy of InfoQ.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #238?

🏆 The Tip of the Week: Spotify Model Fallacy

Jeremiah Lee: Failed #SquadGoals: Spotify doesn’t use “the Spotify model” and neither should you.

Jeremiah Lee looks back at his time at Spotify and analyzes why the Spotify squad model ultimately failed Spotify.

Source: Failed #SquadGoals: Spotify doesn’t use “the Spotify model” and neither should you.

Author: Jeremiah Lee

Agile & Scrum

Shane Hastie and Charles Humble (via InfoQ): Working Remotely: Good Practices and Useful Resources

Shane Hastie and Charles Humble aggregated a treasure trove of remote working good practices and resources.

Source: InfoQ: Working Remotely: Good Practices and Useful Resources

Author: Shane Hastie

Marty Cagan: The Most Important Thing

Marty Cagan picks the one thing to change a team’s way of working — the one which the most significant lever.

Source: The Most Important Thing

Author: Marty Cagan

Jasmine Chia and Sam Hagen (via epicpeople): The Org Chart as Political Map-Making

Jasmine Chia and Sam Hagen analyze the nature of org charts, a critical structural element for any change agent.

Source: epicpeople: The Org Chart as Political Map-Making

Authors: Jasmine Chia and sam hagen

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Product & Lean

🎙 Teresa Torres (via Mind The Product): Remote Discovery

In this podcast, Teresa Torres shares how to make sure that you continue incorporating discovery into your practice.

Source: Mind The Product: 🎙 Remote Discovery

Author: Teresa Torres

Shane Parrish (via Farnam Street): Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Key to Innovation

Shane Parrish delves into innovation, from the not-invented-here syndrome to stealing ideas to Shakespeare.

Source: Farnam Street: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Key to Innovation

Author: Shane Parrish

Jake Knapp: The Remote Design Sprint Guide

Jake Knapp provides a step-by-step manual to organize design sprints with distributed teams in a virtual setting.

Source: The Remote Design Sprint Guide

Author: Jake Knapp

📯 Remote Agile (Part 6): Sprint Planning with Distributed Teams

We started this series on remote agile with looking into practices and tools, followed by exploring virtual Liberating Structures, and how to master Zoom. We had a look at common remote agile anti-patterns, and we analyzed remote Retrospectives based on Liberating Structures. This sixth article now dives into organizing a remote Sprint Planning with a distributed team: practices, virtual Liberating Structures, and lessons learned.

Read more: Remote Agile (Part 6): Sprint Planning with Distributed Teams.

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Food for Agile Thought #239: Spotify Model Fallacy, Empowered Engineers, Remote Discovery, Remote Design Sprint was first published on Age-of-Product.com.

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Stefan Wolpers

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