Food for Agile Thought’s issue #153—shared with 18,517 peers—focuses on agnostic agile as a critical element for successful agile transitions and the havoc a dogmatic use of any of the agile frameworks may cause. Which leads to the question of whether we need all the ceremonies anyway? (There is a Spotify experiment that may help to answer this question.)
We also get back to team building—starting from scratch or starting over—, and we cherish a free book on continuous innovation from InfoQ.
Finally, we address the odd couple again—(UX) design and agile—and try to make things work for everyone.
Have a great week!
🏆 The Essential Read
(via InfoQ): Agnostic Agile: The Key to a Successful Lean Agile Transformation
Tim Guay notes that a dogmatic approach to ‘Agile’ is by no means agile, but an antipattern.
Agnostic Agile & Scrum
Medium): You don’t need standup(via
palmerj3 ran an experiment for six months at Spotify: no standups, no retros, all meetings optional. This is what he found.
Stand-ups, planning, and retros are a tool and you should be putting a lot of thought into what tools you use.
Mind The Product): Reboot Your Team(via
Christina Wodtke shared at #mtpcon SF how to reboot the team you have, or build a healthy one from the ground up.
InfoQ): #noprojects - A Culture of Continuous Valueand (via
In this free book, Shane Hastie and Evan Leybourn explore the past, present and future of the ‘project.’
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Product & Lean
Medium): Is Agile the Enemy (of Good Design)?(via
John Cutler shares his thoughts on agile and design, the prevailing short-termism and cutting corners.
‘Good’ waterfall beats abused Agile any day.
This Is Product Management): User Experience Design is Product Management(via
Jared Spool on why falling in love with the problem is critical to turn UX design into a competitive advantage.
(via Medium): Prioritise Like You Mean It
Juan Urrego provides a handy overview over prioritization techniques.
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