Food for Agile Thought #232: Agile’s Demise, Big Scale Digital Transformations, Data-Drivenness Perils, Ultimate Testing Framework

TL; DR: Agile’s Demise, Big Scale Digital Transformations—Food for Agile Thought #232

Welcome to the 232nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 25,623 peers. This week, we look back at ‘Agile’ and ask yourselves: Are the rumors of its demise exaggerated? We also get the inside view of a large scale digital transition of a traditional engineering corporation.

We then explore the perils of being probably too data-driven; we learn how to drive innovation from Mr. Business Model Canvas, and we take ten essential rules of team objectives to heart.

Lastly, we sharpen our tools to overcome any disengagement of team members and continue our Scrum anti-patterns series, focusing on stakeholders.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #231?

Food for Agile Thought #232: Agile’s Demise, Big Scale Digital Transformations, Data-Drivenness Perils, Ultimate Testing Framework

🏆 The Tip of the Week

Mike Loukides (via O'Reilly Radar): The death of Agile?

Mike Loukides delves into the claim that Agile is “dead”—which appears with predictable regularity. So, is Agile dead?

Agile’s Demise & Scrum

Jason Little (via InfoQ): 📺 Agile 18 Years Later

Jason Little explores patterns of the last 18 years using data from all 13 Version One State of Agile surveys and opinionates that Agile has evolved as any other set of ideas.

(via ThoughtWorks): Mastering Digital Transformation: A Case Study (Part 1)

Martin Kramer and Martin Milcke share insights into how automobile manufacturer Daimler AG uses agile methods to advance its digital transformation.

Michael Sahota and Simon Powers (via YouTube): 📺 [Beyond Self-Organization: How To Energize People & Teams

In this video workshop with Michael Sahota, you will learn how to identify and overcome team member disengagement.

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Product & Lean

(via ManoMano_Tech): Is being too data-driven dangerous?

Pierre Fournier lists seven risks of being reliant on data without critical reflection.

Alex Osterwalder (via The Full Ratchet): 🎙 The Ultimate Testing Framework

Alex Osterwalder and Nick Moran discuss how to best test new business ideas while keeping a balance of testing hypotheses and execution.

Marty Cagan: Team Objectives

Marty Cagan summarizes his blog series on team objectives, stating ten essential keys to their effectiveness.

📯 32 Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns

Learn how individual incentives and outdated organizational structures — fostering personal agendas and local optimization efforts — manifest themselves in Scrum stakeholder anti-patterns which easily can impede any agile transition.

Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns by Age-of-Product-1650

Read more: 32 Scrum Stakeholder Anti-Patterns.

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💯 Mar 24–25, 2020Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English)Berlin€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
💯 April 7-8, 2020Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English)Berlin€1.179 inkl. 19% VAT
SOLD OUT: Apr 17–18, 2020Agile Camp Berlin 2020 (English)BerlinFrom €129 incl. 19% VAT
May 12–13, 2020Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English)Frankfurt/Main€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #231: Liberating Structures, Tyranny of the Measurable, Beautiful Mess of Change, #NoOKRs Team Objectives.

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