Food for Agile Thought #152: Agile Estimates, #NoEstimates, #WhyEstimates, Product Design Tools, Top-Down or What?

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #152—shared with 18,406 peers—focuses agile estimates: are they always waste or are there situations where agile estimates are useful? Moreover, in the latter case how to make sure that you provide the right estimates?

We also enjoy a sample chapter from a good book on product design, listing nine critical tools, and shed light on the questions whether infrastructure teams need product management, too.

Finally, John Cutler shares his observations on how coaching engagements often start and also come to an end. (Let’s create a list of these signs — so we can prepare yourselves for next time when it is our turn.)

Have a great week!

🏆 The Essential Read

John Cutler (via Medium): The Canary Dies

John Cutler reflects on a personal pattern of how coaching engagements start—and end.

Agile Estimates & Scrum

Ron Jeffries: #NoEstimates isn't crazy

Ron Jeffries’ view on estimates is simple: they are always waste.

Johanna Rothman (via HPE): IT project estimation techniques that will keep you out of trouble

Johanna Rothman shares how to deliver the ‘right estimate’ if your organization (still) requires estimations.

John Cutler (via Hackernoon): #WhyEstimates

John Cutler’s article lists 20 reasons why estimates may be useful in your organization.

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Product & Lean

Laura Klein (via O'Reilly Radar): 9 critical tools for designing a product

Laura Klein shares a chapter from her book ‘UX for Lean Startups: Designing for Validation.’

Rich Mironov: Do Infrastructure Teams Need Product Management?

Rich Mironov advocates that a development team deserves a product manager—why burden an engineer with the associated tasks?

Liz Love (via ProdPad): Product Management approaches: top down, bottom up or both?

Liz Love suggests pursuing a hybrid of the top down as well as the bottom-up PM strategy.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #151: Beyond Budgeting, Open Workspace Horror, Product Vision Principles.

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Stefan Wolpers: Stefan, based in Berlin, Germany, has worked for 18-plus years as a Product Manager, Product Owner, agile coach, and Scrum Master. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org and the author of Pearson’s “Scrum Anti-Patterns Guide.” He has developed B2C as well as B2B software, for startups as well as corporations, including a former Google subsidiary. Stefan curates the ‘Food for Agile Thought’ newsletter and organizes the Agile Camp Berlin, a Barcamp for coaches and other agile practitioners.
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