Food for Agile Thought’s issue #110—shared with 11,602 peers—dives into the roles of change that are critical to its success, we look at fundamental concepts of systems thinking and how to apply them to today’s product management.
We also advocate self-selection of teams, we go back to the estimation debate, and we learn to understand better how design thinking, lean, and agile were supposed to work together —before rituals and certifications.
Lastly, we feature another Scrum myth-busting moment: That Scrum is meeting-heavy.
Have a great week!
🏆 The Tip of the Week: Roles of Change
(via Stanford Social Innovation): Should You Agitate, Innovate, or Orchestrate?
Julie Battilana and Marissa Kimsey present a framework for understanding the roles of change you can play in a movement for (social) change.
Agile & Scrum
Product Habits): My nightmares with engineering estimates(via
Hiten Shah looks back at what happened to his projects — Kissmetrics and CrazyEgg — when he used story points or #noestimates.
Agile Alliance): Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Lets People Excel(via
Sandy Mamoli suggests a radical idea: trust people to know best and let them decide which team they should work in.
Myth: Scrum Events Take Too Much Time:
Jason Knight busts the myth that Scrum events take too much time — in an engineer-friendly manner.
Medium): Tools for Systems Thinkers: The 6 Fundamental Concepts of Systems Thinking(via
Leyla Acaroglu shares the key insights and tools needed to develop and advance a systems mindset for dealing with complex problem-solving.
HelloFresh Is Hiring Agile Coaches in Berlin
We’re hiring a couple of Agile Coaches (or enthusiast learners) at HelloFresh in Berlin. Over the past 6 months we’ve been undergoing an Agile transformation and have pretty extensively blogged about it.
Learn more about the position and apply here to become an Agile Coach for HelloFresh.
Note: We’ll also support visa applications with this role.
Are you interested in advertising a position in Food for Agile Thought? Let me know: Stefan at Age of Product.
From the Blog: The Scrum Master Theses
The following 70 scrum master theses describe the role of the scrum master from a holistic product creation perspective.
The scrum master theses cover the role of the scrum master from product discovery to product delivery in hands-on practical manner. On the one side, they address typical scrum ceremonies such as sprint planning, sprint review, and the retrospective. On the other hand, the scrum master theses also cover, for example, the relationship with the product owner, they deal with agile metrics, and how to kick-off an agile transition, thus moving beyond the original scrum guide.
Read more: 70 Scrum Master Theses
Product & Lean
Mind The Product): Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together(via
Jonny Schneider believes that the way Agile has been codified into rituals and certifications and rolled out mindlessly is what misses the point.
Mind The Product): System Thinking for Product Managers(via
Johanna Kollmann reviews established system thinking concepts and applies them to the world of today’s product management.
InnovationExcellence): “Faux Innovation” and Other Discontents(via
Keary Crawford points at typical innovation anti-patterns at large organizations: from personal agendas to merely ‘doing’ innovation.
Startup Grind): Principles of a great "Ideation Channel"(via
George Krasadakis reflects on what makes a good ideation platform: What are the fundamental principles and components that need to be there?
Process Street): How to Build an MVP App Without Writing Code(via
Adam Henshall presents four tools that take ideas beyond the prototyping stage — without coding.