Food for Agile Thought #175: Agile Pipe Dreams, Fast Tracks in Scrum, Product Canvas, Engaging Engineers

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #175—shared with 20,249 peers—focuses on agile pipe dreams: from the absence of complexity in software development to the management-free organization to abundant team capacity.

We also identify more product management problem areas, how to create a shared understanding about your product within your organization, and how you can engage your engineers beyond churning out code.

Lastly, we can put the fuzziness of the #NoEstimates concept to rest once and for all—there is a new animation explaining everything in merely six minutes.

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Food for Agile Thought #174: Agile Feedback, Disrespect, Prime Directive, Systems Thinking for PMs

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #174—shared with 20,147 peers—focuses on making sense of feedback with the epic new EPIQ model; we talk about a Scrum value that also applies to managers, and we reflect on the prime directive and the magic it provides.

We also address the importance of product design principles; we add systems thinking to our product management toolbox, and we learn how best exploit the opportunity of a rewrite.

Lastly, we appeal to efficiency freaks to finally realize that slowing down speeds up everything in software development.

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Team Building Mental Models

TL;DR: Team Building Mental Models

Team building has always been a challenge, not just since the advent of agile frameworks and the resulting emphasis on self-organization, engagement, and achieving a valuable objective. This post covers four team building mental models — or concepts — that have proven useful in understanding the context of creating agile teams: from Taylorism to Tuckman to Lencioni to Dan Pink.

Team Building Mental Models — Age of Product

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Food for Agile Thought #173: Agile Common Sense, Agile Team Building, Product-Oriented Engineers

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #173—shared with 20,138 peers—focuses on agile common sense as we learn more about the history of ‘agile’ and what defines the learning space that makes it successful.

We also get better at cycle time scatterplot diagrams, what conditions product teams require to support hypergrowth, and why leadership is not always about having a plan.

Lastly, we learn five encouraging ways how to engage the engineers in creating the product beyond its mere coding.

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14 Sprint Review Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams

TL;DR: 14 Sprint Review Anti-Patterns

Are we still on the right track? Answering this question in a collaborative effort of the scrum team as well as internal (and external) stakeholders is the purpose of the sprint review. Given its importance, it is worthwhile to tackle the most common sprint review anti-patterns.

Scrum Anti-patterns Guide: 14 Sprint Review Anti-Patterns

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27 Sprint Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams

TL;DR: 27 Sprint Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams

The sprint, yet another scrum event where you can find plenty of sprint anti-patterns to make your life as a scrum team harder than necessary. Learn how to identify and overcome them.

Sprint Anti-Patterns: 27 examples holding scrum teams back – Hands-on Agile

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