Food for Agile Thought #141

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #141 analyzes why ‘agile’ is the most important social technology since Taylorism. Although, the proxy discussion of ‘outcome vs. output’ raging in many organizations signals that organizational debt is still a wide-spread issue.

We also cover the latest opportunities that innovative technology provides — unless your organization suffers from the not-invented-here syndrome, of course. (We also feature a list of 50 epic corporate innovation failures.)

Lastly, we get into the trenches and ask: why should teams not select themselves?

Have a great week!

🏆The Essential Read

(via Deloitte Insights): Exponential technology watch list: Innovation opportunities on the horizon

Deloitte provides an epic outlook on upcoming technology trends, their implications, and what other players are already working on.

Source: Deloitte Insights: Exponential technology watch list: Innovation opportunities on the horizon

Agile & Taylorism

John Cutler (via Medium): Beyond ‘Outcomes Over Outputs’

Beyond ‘Outcomes Over Outputs’
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John Cutler analyzes the ‘outcome vs. output’ debate in many organizations, classifying it as a proxy discussion for deeper rooted organizational issues.

Source: Medium: Beyond ‘Outcomes Over Outputs’

Author: John Cutler

Gustavo Razzetti (via TLNT): Why Not Let People Form Their Own Teams?

Gustavo Razzetti advocates the self-selection of teams as a core means of any organizational change.

Source: TLNT: Why Not Let People Form Their Own Teams?

Author: Gustavo Razzetti

Michiel van Gerven (via Medium): Why Agile is the most important social technology of this decade

Why Agile is the most important social technology of this decade
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Michiel van Gerven considers ‘agile’ the most important social technology since the reign of Taylorism in the industrial era.

Source: Medium: Why Agile is the most important social technology of this decade

Author: Michiel van Gerven

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Product & Lean

Matthew E May (via InnovationExcellence): Overcoming the Not-Invented-Here (NIH) Mindset

Matthew E May on a common obstacle to (corporate) innovation due to a lack of learning and how to fix it.

Source: InnovationExcellence: Overcoming the Not-Invented-Here (NIH) Mindset

Author: Matthew E May

Mike Cohn: Product Owners Should Prioritize Importance over Urgency

Mike Cohn shares his recipe to ensure that a team is always working on the most critical items each iteration.

Source: Product Owners Should Prioritize Importance over Urgency

Author: Mike Cohn

(via Valuer.ai): 50 examples of corporations that failed to innovate

Katrina Aaslaid compiled a depressing list of lost opportunities, fueled by examples of hubris, ignorance, fear, and stupidity.

Source: Valuer.ai: 50 examples of corporations that failed to innovate

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Food for Agile Thought #141: Agile & Taylorism, Outcome Debate, NIH Syndrome, Team Self-Selection was first published on Age-of-Product.

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Stefan Wolpers

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