Food for Agile Thought #148

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #148 focuses on unagile SAFe®, how the PMO strikes back, and whether ‘agile’ makes sense at all.

We learn from Marty Cagan that most large organization do not (yet) understand the different concepts of project-orientation vs. product-orientation. Which is a good reason to also dive into the particularities of enterprise product management.

However, there is hope: K2K managed to turn more than 70 organizations into self-organizing flourishing entities. Learn how this happened.

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🏆 The Essential Read

Lisa Gill (via Medium): 10 Components that Successfully Abolished Hierarchy (in 70+ companies)

10 Components that Successfully Abolished Hierarchy (in 70+ companies)
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Lisa Gill describes the lessons learned by K2K from transforming 70 traditional organiztions to self-managing organizations.

Source: Medium: 10 Components that Successfully Abolished Hierarchy (in 70+ companies)

Author: Lisa Gill

Unagile SAFe® & Scrum

John Cutler (via Hackernoon): Agile Makes No Sense

Agile Makes No Sense
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John Cutler reasons about the many issues, problems, challenges, and other anti-patterns in the wake of a transition of an organization to agile practices.

Source: Hackernoon: Agile Makes No Sense

Author: John Cutler

Renee Troughton: Why SAFe® is not the scaled Agile approach you need

After years, Renee Troughton is still looking for a SAFe® project that is considered an outstanding success by the senior management.

Source: Why SAFe® is not the scaled Agile approach you need

Author: Renee Troughton

Bob Galen: Is Agile in Late Adoption Stage?

Bob Galen challenges the idea that ‘agile’ is already in a late state of adoption.

Source: Is Agile in Late Adoption Stage?

Author: Bob Galen

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Product & Lean

Marty Cagan: Revenge of the PMO

Marty Cagan on the PMO empire striking back in the form of unagile SAFe ®.

Source: Revenge of the PMO

Author: Marty Cagan

Rich Mironov: Understanding Enterprise Product Companies

Rich Mironov points at the differences between B2B and B2C product companies.

Source: Understanding Enterprise Product Companies

Author: Rich Mironov

Lillian Ayla Ersoy (via uxdesign.cc): Why Design Thinking is failing and what we should be doing differently

Why Design Thinking is failing and what we should be doing differently
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Lillian Ayla believes that design thinking overburdens the creative folks due to the inevitable distraction by layman stakeholders.

Source: uxdesign.cc: Why Design Thinking is failing and what we should be doing differently

Author: Lillian Ayla

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

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