Food for Agile Thought #188: Scrum Roots, Alignment & Agile, A/B Testing’s Dark Side, Hero’s Journey

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #188—shared with 21,733 peers—delves into Scrum roots, the perils caused by a ubiquitous misconception of ‘Agile,’ and how to tackle typical organizational anti-patterns impeding the collaboration of multiple Scrum teams.

Moreover, we analyze the dark side of A/B testing, we learn about a new framework claiming to be able to predict the future success of new products, and we embrace the idea of the ‘Hero’s Journey’ to understand our users’ way of interacting with our applications better.

Lastly, we reflect on the lessons learned from WeWork’s CTO on how to scale technology and the organization simultaneously.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #187?

Food for Agile Thought #188: Scrum Roots, Alignment & Agile, A/B Testing’s Dark Side, Hero’s Journey

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Liberating Structures for Scrum (1): The Sprint Retrospective

TL;DR: Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Sprint Retrospective

Liberating Structures Sprint Retrospective: A few weeks ago, I started an event series with my Berlin-based Hands-on Agile Meetup group on how to improve Scrum events utilizing Liberating Structures — a set of easy to learn, yet powerful ways to collaborate as a team. The results have been fantastic so far, and I like to share these outcomes with those who cannot participate in person.

In this first post, learn more on how you can use Liberating Structures strings to improve the level of collaboration and engagement at Sprint Retrospectives.

Liberating Structures for Scrum (1): The Sprint Retrospective — Age-of-Product.com

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Food for Agile Thought #187: Agile ROI, Failure of Focus, Flow & Value, Dynamic Reteaming Works

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #187—shared with 21,673 peers—focuses on whether the agile ROI is it scientifically provable, and that the longevity of agile teams is overrated. We also get first-hand insights into why a Holacracy project ultimately did not work out.

Moreover, we delve into flow and value in product development; we learn how to apply a proven product/market fit survey, and we learn how Marty Cagan assesses the skills and gaps of prospective product manager coachee. (Great food of thought for your career.)

🦖 Lastly, we enjoy a fantastic presentation on Cynefin, Dinosaurs, decision making under complexity, and under which circumstances innovation may flourish. (Kudos to Liz.)

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Food for Agile Thought #186: Agile Improv Comedy, Monte Carlo Agile Estimation, Efficiency, Slavery & Taylorism

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #186—shared with 21,631 peers—covers agile improv comedy as a way to up your game as an agile practitioner, we discover a free Monte Carlo simulation tool for agile estimation, and we learn more about Scrum@Scale from Jeff Sutherland.

Moreover, we address why less is more in the case of ‘Agile,’ how we can scale as a product mensch in charge of a growing product, and we learn why the best teams continuously improve processes and products at the same time.

Lastly, we dive into the dark side that influenced Mr. Taylor’s scientific management method with an excerpt from the book “Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management.“

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #185?

Food for Agile Thought #186: Agile Improv Comedy, Monte Carlo Agile Estimation, Efficiency, Slavery & Taylorism

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Webinar #10: Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns [Video]

TL;DR: Webinar Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns

The tenth Hands-on Agile webinar sprint retrospective anti-patterns covers twelve anti-patterns of the sprint retrospective—from #NoRetro to the dispensable buffer to UNSMART action items to a missing product owner.

Webinar Sprint Retrospective — Hands-on Agile Webinar #10

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Food for Agile Thought #185: Agile Values in Work and Life, Hiring Agile Teams, Splitting User Stories, Project to Product Focus

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #185—shared with 21,547 peers—covers agile values and the path from project to product-focused organizations. We also learn what to look for when hiring agile teams, and take away lessons learned along the way of becoming an acknowledged agile coach.

Moreover, we address the rationale behind splitting user stories, how to deal with customer churn effectively from a learning perspective, and why ‘done’ tends to clash with ‘validated’ so often when engineers talk to UX folks.

Lastly, we enjoy a new book—available for free as a PDF—that takes a look at what the values of the Agile Manifesto mean when you try to apply them to work and life.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #184?

Food for Agile Thought #185: Agile Values in Work and Life, Hiring Agile Teams, Splitting User Stories, Project to Product Focus

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