Food for Agile Thought #134: Agile Failure Patterns, Virtual Reality Agile Coaching, Scrum Hacks

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #134—shared with 15,621 peers—focuses on agile failure patterns in organizations, at the leadership and the operational level.

We also learn new tricks how to deal with unexpected work during a sprint, which might come handy when agile coaching by virtual reality techniques finally overcomes the Manifesto’s face-to-face mantra. Supposedly, that will happen in a few years time.

Lastly, we revisit the fate of Yahoo where having the best and brightest at the right place at the right time did not prevent Yahoo’s decline and—ultimately—demise.

Have a great week!

Food for Agile Thought #134: Agile Failure Patterns, Virtual Reality Agile Coaching, Scrum Hacks



🏆 The Tip of the Week

Dan Tynan (via Fast Company): The Glory That Was Yahoo

Dan Tynan chronicles the rise and fall of Yahoo—the proof that being good at product discovery does not guarantee long-term success.

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Agile Failure Patterns & Scrum

Kiryl Baranoshnik (via Medium): Strategies for Handling Unplanned Work During Sprint

Kiryl Baranoshnik suggests actionable steps how to deal with an unexpected extra workload during a sprint.

Michael de la Maza (via InfoQ): Virtual Reality Will Disrupt Agile Coaching and Training

Michael de la Maza and Elena Vassilieva believe that the Manifesto’s emphasis on face-to-face interaction is hindering innovative coaching techniques.

Ian Mitchell (via Scrum.org): Twenty Top Fails in Executive Agile Leadership

Ian Mitchell shares detailed failure patterns at the leadership level of organizations when those try to become agile.

📯 Agile Failure Patterns in Organizations 2.0

Agile failure seems to be increasingly more prominent nowadays despite all the efforts undertaken by numerous organization embarking on their journeys to become agile. The funny thing is: Who would disagree that the four core principles of the Agile Manifesto are derived from applying common sense to a challenging problem? How come then that becoming ‘agile’ seems to be failing so often?

Age of Product: Agile Failure Patterns in Organizations

Read more: Agile Failure Patterns in Organizations 2.0.

Product & Lean

Shane Hastie (via InfoQ): Fixing Agile Product Ownership

Shane Hastie reports on Jeff Patton’s Agile India keynote in which he claims that agile development screws up product management.

Lisa Zhu (via Hackernoon): Killing the Product Development Assembly Line

Lisa Zhu encourages including the design and engineering people during product creation.

Sandhya Hegde (via Amplitude Blog): 10 Steps To Get You Started with Behavioral Analytics

Sandhya Hegde shares a comprehensive introduction to behavioral analytics to help you better understand your customers.

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Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #133: Agile Taylorism, Competition & Collaboration, Scrum Values, Continuous Discovery.