Food for Agile Thought #121: Agile Manifesto History, Scrum Master Anti-Patterns, Lean Scrum, Sociocracy

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #121—shared with 13,152 peers—travels back in time, illuminating the Agile Manifesto history. We learn how Scrum and Lean UX complement each other, and why software development frameworks could be labeled ‘collective fiction.’

We also improve our understanding of learning organizations and how Sociocracy 3.0 contributes to their creation. Hiten Shah shares five mental models that help grow a product, and Mind the Product makes a compelling offer to binge-watch product talks.

Lastly, I published the last post from the Scrum anti-patterns series; there are now 160-plus of them. This article addresses the majority of the readers of this newsletter: Scrum Masters.

Have a great week!

Food for Agile Thought #121: Agile Manifesto History, Scrum Master Anti-Patterns, Lean Scrum, Sociocracy


🏆 The Tip of the Week: Agile Manifesto History

Caroline Mimbs Nyce (via The Atlantic): The Winter Getaway That Turned the Software World Upside Down

Caroline Mimbs Nyce looks back at the origin story of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.

Agile & Scrum

Dave West and Jeff Gothelf (via Scrum.org): Scrum and Hypothesis Driven Development

Dave West interviews Jeff Gothelf how Scrum and Lean UX complement each other.

Ian Miell: My 20-Year Experience of Software Development Methodologies

Ian Miell looks back at software development frameworks from a Yuval Harari-inspired perspective: that humans require ‘collective fiction.’

James Priest (via AgileByExample): Agile, decentralized Learning Organizations With Sociocracy 3.0

James Priest—co-founder & steward of Sociocracy 3.0—shares success stories how S3 helped create agile, decentralized learning organizations.

📯 Scrum Master Anti-Patterns

Scrum Master Anti-Patterns: The reasons why scrum masters violate the spirit of the Scrum Guide are multi-faceted. They run from ill-suited personal traits and the pursuit of individual agendas to frustration with the team itself.

Scrum Master Anti-Patterns — 20 Signs Your Scrum Master Needs Help — Age of Product

Read More: Scrum Master Anti-Patterns — 20 Signs Your Scrum Master Needs Help.

Product & Lean

Hiten Shah (via Hackernoon): 5 Mental Models that Help Product Managers Acquire and Retain Users

Hiten Shah shares some of the mental models he has found most valuable for each stage of growing a product.

Daniel Zacarias: Key Best Practices for Using Customer Feedback

Daniel Zacarias recommends practices how to turn customer feedback into product improvements.

Martin Eriksson (via Mind The Product): 6 Years of Amazing Product Talks

Martin Eriksson shares the entire (video) library of talks from Mind the Product.

📕 Now Available: ‘How to Get Hired as a Scrum Master’

Scrum Master Career: How to Get Hired as a Scrum Master: From Job Ads to Your Trial Day — Learn How to Pick the Right Employer or Client details how Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches can systematically identify suitable employers or clients to avoid mismatches and disappointments at a later stage. If you are planning a career move into the Scrum Master profession, don’t miss out on these tips.

Scrum Master Career: How to Get Hired as a Scrum Master by Age-of-Product

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Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #120: Agile Trends, Throughput, High-Performance Teams and Organizations.