Food for Agile Thought #130: Corporate Agile Failure, Guide to Agile Metrics, Psychology Traps

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #130—shared with 14,911 peers—covers once more the corporate agile failure at legacy organizations. We like the guide to suitable agile metrics by XSCALE Alliance’s Leon Tranter, and we deal with how to scale and align a growing engineering team.

We then dive deep into the psychology of creating products: from confirmation bias, Kahneman’s systems 1 and 2, the benefits of listening to talking, persuasion techniques, to 25 cognitive biases.

Lastly, we remember the project management nightmare called ‘waterfall.’

Have a great week!

Food for Agile Thought #130: Corporate Agile Failure, Guide to Agile Metrics, Psychology Traps



🏆 The Tip of the Week

Leon Tranter: Agile Metrics: the Ultimate Guide

Fellow XSCALE Alliance peer Leon Tranter provides a handy list of suitable agile metrics.

Corporate Agile Failure & Scrum

Martina Hodges-Schell (via InfoQ): Agile: The Bad Parts

Corporate agile failure: Matt Parker and Martina Hodges-Schell dissect the failure of a former corporate client’s project that ballooned from 7 to 80 people.

Marcus Hammarberg: Some thoughts on organizing a team of developers

Marcus Hammarberg elaborates on how to organize and align a fast-growing engineering team properly.

Marketoonist | Tom Fishburne: The Art of Project Management cartoon

Tom Fishburne visualizes the origins of the need to abandon waterfall and start this whole ‘agile’ thingy with the Agile Manifesto.

Hands-on Agile: The Agility Assessment Framework (Workshop 2) — Berlin, March 10, 2018

Join us on March 10th, 2018 at the ThoughtWorks office to continue the work on Agility Assessment Framework—Hands-on Agile’s new open source project. We want to finish a prototype that enables practitioners to assess an organizations suitability to become an agile organization.

Hands-on Agile: The Agility Assessment Framework (Workshop 2) — Berlin, March 10, 2018

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Product & Lean

Marc Abraham: My product management toolkit (26): PAUSE and LISTEN

Marc Abraham reflects why not listening to what the other person is saying is a mistake in product creation.

(via First Round Capital): Master the Art of Influence — Persuasion as a Skill and Habit

Tyler Odean shares his toolset for herding large organizations—engineers, designers, and executives—toward product decisions.

Marty Cagan: Waterfall Deconstructed

Marty Cagan captures the three indicators of a waterfall team.

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Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #129: Mental Models, Resilience, Roadmap Questions, Combining Kanban and XP.