Food for Agile Thought’s issue #118—shared with 12,812 peers—addresses the not so apparent Scrum troubles: it is hard, expensive and utterly useless if implemented half-heartedly.
Jeff Patton explains a range of human flaws and failures during product discovery, which is the reason that AirBnB runs experiments diligently—learn from Jan how that works in detail.
Lastly, we cover once more the issue of brilliant engineers who also happen to be jerks, and the pointy-haired Boss finally reveals the purpose of predictions.
Have a great week!
🏆 The Tip of the Week
Thud: Why it’s not failure you should be afraid of:
Jeff Patton explains in this video that we are equally great at celebrating our wild product successes as well as finding people to blame for catastrophic failures.
Agile & Scrum Troubles
Hacker Noon): The Trouble With Scrum(via
John Cutler believes that Scrum needs to come with a warning label—it is HARD and yet not enough.
Scrum.org): Scrum is often a waste of money(via
Duncan Evans dives into the reality of half-implemented Scrum.
Brilliant Jerks in Engineering:
Brendan Gregg distinguishes between selfless and the selfish jerks and describes their behavior in detail.
From the Blog: The Overall Retrospective
After rebuilding an existing application on a new tech stack within time and under budget our team had an overall retrospective with stakeholders this week to identify systemic issues. We found more than 20 problems in total and derived eight detailed recommendation the organization will need to address when moving forward to the next level of agile product creation.
Read More: The Overall Retrospective.
Product & Lean
Airbnb Engineering): Experiments at Airbnb(via
Jan Overgoor details how AirBnB uses controlled experiments to learn and make decisions at every step of product development, from design to algorithms.
Hacker Noon): The Complete Moral Bankruptcy of Manipulating Human Psychology To Turn Users Into Addicts(via
Dan Kaplan responds to Nir Eyal’s essay “Morality Of Manipulation,” claiming it solely exists on a spectrum from “highly immoral” to “absolutely, relentlessly evil.”
Sprint Review Tips for Product Owners:
Roman Pichler shares tips for getting the most out of the sprint review.
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