• Issue 66 - June 16, 2016

    AGILE

    What’s Different about Digital Products?

    What’s a product anyway? It s something that creates specific value for a group of people, the customers and users, and to the organisation that develops and provides it. So what’s a digital product? Is it web or mobile specific? How do concepts of product bundles and user experience come into play in this context? Roman Pichler explains.

    romanpichler.com

    How to Balance Autonomy and Alignment

    We cannot have autonomous self directing teams if they have no clue in what direction they should go.  We invariably run into the alignment vs autonomy problem. How do we create alignment? What tools can we use to quickly evaluate if what we want to do is part of the mission or better left out? Here’s a model to help us out.

    blog.xebia.com

    How to Use Agile to Fund Your Startup?

    Say, you want to build a startup. Well, who doesn’t. Using traditional models to fund startups has its problems. What if we use Agile concepts to start our startup. How would we tackle the problems of prediction, i.e. when would the features be ready, who’d be the customer, how much would they pay, how much would it cost? How do we combine concepts of Agile and Lean startup to get going without resorting to traditional ways of funding a startup? Here’s a take on this.

    dzone.com

    Using the Retro Game

    Retrospectives at your organisation are becoming flat, and stale. This has stalled the pace of continuous improvement across the teams. People don’t really feel safe. What if you could create a game with the right prepared questions, we could establish safety, the right dialogue and maybe even have some fun? Here’s a game that does just that.

    agileadvice.com

    Building Next Financial Times, Faster

    Back is 2008, Financial Times was redesigned in a supposedly Agile way. Well, it took four years, they ended up just shipped what they had, and was not considered a resounding success. Not good. They’ve turned it around, they’re releasing working product, getting traffic and have hit every target they’ve set themselves. How? Have a look.

    mindtheproduct.com

    How Does Serverless Architecture Work?

    Serverless architecture is getting a lot of attention. So much so that a conference is dedicated to the subject. But what is serverless and why is even it worth considering? What are some scenarios where using serverless  would be a good idea? Have a look.

    martinfowler.com

    Reading Faces to Negotiate Better

    One of the key differences between exceptional negotiators or salespeople and those who are merely average is the ability to read these expressions, gauge emotional reactions to ideas or proposals, then strategically steer them toward a preferred outcome. If you can read faces well, it gives you an advantage in negotiation. Here’s how.

    hbr.org

    Ambassadors or Agile Police?

    Should we address why we get so protective of what we think of as a textbook example of Agile? Who’s keeping score?  There seems to be a fear he Agile police are going to be knocking on doors any day, demanding people stop saying they are agilists. What’s common between vegetarians and Agilists? What behaviours should we watch out for?

    www.derekhuether.com