Food for Agile Thought #153: Agnostic Agile, #NoCeremonies, #NoProjects, Design and Agile

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

palmerj3 (via Medium): You don’t need standup

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.

Christina Wodtke (via Mind The Product): Reboot Your Team

Christina Wodtke shared at #mtpcon SF how to reboot the team you have, or build a healthy one from the ground up. 

Shane Hastie and Evan Leybourn (via InfoQ): #noprojects - A Culture of Continuous Value

In this free book, Shane Hastie and Evan Leybourn explore the past, present and future of the ‘project.’


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Product & Lean

John Cutler (via Medium): Is Agile the Enemy (of Good Design)?

John Cutler shares his thoughts on agile and design, the prevailing short-termism and cutting corners.

‘Good’ waterfall beats abused Agile any day.

Jared Spool (via This Is Product Management): User Experience Design is Product Management

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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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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