Food for Agile Thought #193: Story Points & Velocity, Fake Agile, Saving Breakthrough Ideas, Product-Market-Fit Guide

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #193—shared with 22,168 peers—revisits story points and velocity; we get an idea on how to spot cargo cult agile, and we learn more about how to overcome the industrial age at the organizational level by getting rid of hierarchical structures.

We also learn five techniques on how to garden disruptive ideas in a hostile environment; we dive into mental models and biases and how they influence corporate decision making, and we brush up our knowledge on what product-market-fit is and how to achieve it.

Lastly, we listen to Gitte Klitgaard, who points at the importance of feeling safe to leave your comfort zone if you want to 10X your learning experience.

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Welcome to the Scrum Guide Reordered Download Page

The Scrum Guide Reordered Download is based on about 90 percent of the text of the 2017 Scrum Guide, extending its original structure by adding additional categories.

For example, you will find all quotes that can be attributed to the role of the Scrum Master in one place. While the Scrum Guide is mainly focused on the three roles, five events, and three artifacts, I aggregated quotes on specific topics as well, for example, on self-organization, finance or technical debt.

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The Background of the Scrum Guide Reordered

The Scrum Guide Reordered resulted from my preparation to pass Scrum.org’s Professional Scrum Master III certification.

While the Scrum Guide Reordered Download does not answer all questions you might have immediately, I found it very helpful to identify the patterns and principles used throughout the Scrum Guide. Moreover, it is a great tool to start meaningful discussions with your peers. If you like to give it a try, I recommend, for example, the issue of technical debt and Scrum.

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Food for Agile Thought #192: Ditch Scrum? Friday Deploy Freezes, Boing 737 MAX 8, Issues w/ Northstar Metrics

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #192—shared with 22,034 peers—asks: Should your organization ditch Scrum? Moreover, we address Friday deploy freezes and how systems thinking can help to overcome agile anti-patterns.

We also reveal issues w/ Northstar metrics; we analyze innovation in the era of the learning organization, and we delve into the Boing 737 MAX 8 disaster.

Lastly, we thank Peter Gfader for speaking out loud in support of physical boards and index cards. Finally! 🙏

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The Scrum Guide Reordered

TL;DR: The Scrum Guide Reordered

The Scrum Guide Reordered is based on about 90 percent of the text of the 2017 Scrum Guide, extending its original structure by adding additional categories. For example, you will find all quotes that can be attributed to the role of the Scrum Master in one place. While the Scrum Guide is mainly focused on the three roles, five events, and three artifacts, I aggregated quotes on specific topics as well, for example, on self-organization, finance or technical debt.

The Scrum Guide–Reordered allows you to get a first understanding of Scrum-related questions quickly. For example, it is good at relating a specific topis — say “stakeholder” — with Scrum first principles such as Scrum Values, or empiricism.

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Food for Agile Thought #191: Agile Is Dead, LS for Scrum Masters, Dot Voting, Prototyping 4 All

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #191—shared with 21,835 peers—asks if Agile is dead, features an epic article on the usefulness of Liberating Structures for Scrum Masters, and applauds Jeff for a handy card listing 45 rebuttals to claims that ‘Agile would not work.’

We also delve into the problem of blindly believing what your customers tell you when creating Product Backlogs. Moreover, we learn why everyone should participate in prototyping, and we reconsider whether we have been using dot voting correctly so far.

Lastly, we thank CollabNet VersionOne for publishing the 13th State of Agile Report.

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Food for Agile Thought #190: Agile Budgeting, Agile Architecture, Mental Models, Product Ethics

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #190—shared with 21,794 peers—focuses on agile budgeting — or why the industrial model of handling money is preventing companies from becoming agile —; we learn to distinguish between emergent architecture and architecture by chance, and we come back to technical debt once more.

We also embrace the idea of not harming people and our societies with new products. We learn more about visualizing experiments, and we abandon the idea of misusing the Sprint Planning for creating the perfect plan—control is an illusion.

Lastly, we enjoy Sam Harris Shane Parrish reflecting on mental models, decision making, and the tricks your mind is playing with you.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #189?

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