Food for Agile Thought #126: Agile Engineering, Swarming, Experimentation Culture, Metrics Fetish

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #126—shared with 14,145 peers—covers the state of agile engineering in 2018, why creating and nurturing a groundswell of enthusiasm is essential for an agile transition, and what organizations need to focus on in search of (agile) excellence.

We then learn how any product-oriented organization can create a culture of experimentation and why the velocity of experimentation is probably not a vanity metric. Apropos metrics: there is a new list with anti-patterns available.

Lastly, McKinsey seems to get serious about ‘agile.’ Check out the trademarks McKinsey identified in all agile organizations and let me know your opinion in the comments.

Have a great week!

Food for Agile Thought #126: Agile Engineering, Swarming, Experimentation Culture, Metrics Fetish


🏆 The Essential Read: State of Agile Engineering 2018

Shane Hastie (via InfoQ): Engineering Culture and Methods InfoQ Trends Report

Shane Hastie reports on the results of the latest ‘Engineering Culture and Methods Report’—an agile approach to software development is now the norm.

Agile Engineering & Scrum

Dan North: In praise of SWARMing

Dan North on the importance of creating and nurturing a groundswell of enthusiasm to become agile.

(via McKinsey & Company): The five trademarks of agile organizations

McKinsey describes the five essential elements of Agile organizations of any size and across industries.

Tom Peters (via Corporate Rebels): Talking Bullshit With Management Guru Tom Peters

The Corporate Rebels interview Tom Peters—acclaimed author of ‘In Search of Excellence.’

Product & Lean

Tristan Kromer: In Defense of Experiment Velocity

Tristan Kromer responds to the notion that ‘experiment velocity’ is a vanity metric and, therefore, easy to game.

(via Taplytics): How to Build an Experimentation Culture

The folks at Taplytics created a hands-on guide on how to establish a culture of running experiments.

John Cutler (via Hackernoon): Measurement Malpractice

John Cutler shares another large list with familiar anti-patterns—this time addressing the fetish around metrics.

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