Food for Agile Thought #127: Useless Agile Metrics, CD Works, Product Experiments, Fewer Product Managers

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #127—shared with 14,292 peers—covers useless agile metric; we learn common excuses why continuous delivery would not work, and how to organize a big room planning.

We then talk about signs of a toxic team culture, how design thinking, agile and lean fit together, and what to do when a team fails to deliver at the end of a sprint.

Lastly, we learn why experiments do not just happen to the best organizations but perhaps create them, and what product thinking has to do with it.

Have a great week!

Food for Agile Thought #127: Useless Agile Metrics, CD Works, Product Experiments, Fewer Product Managers


🏆 The Tip of the Week

Allen Holub: KPIs, Velocity, and Other Destructive Metrics

Allen Holub explains why a taylorist approach to agile practices is ill-fated.

Focus on continuous process improvement, and productivity takes care of itself.

Useless Agile Metrics & Scrum

Jez Humble (via Agile Testing Days): Continuous Delivery—Sounds Great But It Won't Work Here

Watch Jez Humble’s keynote from Agile Testing Day 2017—a handy list of excuses why CD supposedly would not work.

Ole Jepsen (via InfoQ): Scaling Agile – Big Room Planning

Ole Jepsen shares a comprehensive how-to of successfully scaling agile: aligning up to 100 people and figuring out what to build next in just two days.

Johanna Rothman: When Teams Don't Finish Work in a Sprint: 3 Tips to Seeing and Finishing Work

Johanna Rothman has three suggestions how to improve a team’s ability to accomplish the sprint goal.

📯 XSCALE Alliance News

The Business Agility Institute (BAI) and XSCALE Alliance are teaming up. While the BAI provides the most comprehensive and detailed taxonomy of agile organizations today, XSCALE’s principles and pattern languages offer an agnostic praxis to fulfill the BAI taxonomy.​

XSCALE Alliance has agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with Business Agility Institute

Read More: XSCALE Alliance has agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with Business Agility Institute.

Product & Lean

Jonny Schneider (via ThoughtWorks): Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together

Jonny Schneider fights cargo cult agile by detailing how the three mindsets of product development can be used successfully beyond formalized processes.

Christian Rudder (via The OkCupid Blog): We Experiment On Human Beings!

Christian Rudder reveals a shocking truth: OkCupid doesn’t know what it’s doing. Moreover, probably you do not know either.

John Cutler (via Hackernoon): We Need Fewer Product Managers

John Cutler makes a compelling case that we need more product thinking and less product managing.

📯 13 Signs of a Toxic Team Culture

What looked like a good idea back in the 1990ies—outsourcing, for example, software development as a non-essential business area—has meanwhile massively backfired for a lot of legacy organizations. And yet, they still do not understand what it takes to build a decent product/engineering culture. Learn more about typical anti-patterns and are signs that the organization has a toxic team culture.

13 Signs of a Toxic Team Culture — Age of Product

Read More: 13 Signs of a Toxic Team Culture

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