Food for Agile Thought #154: Agile’s Many Faces, BAI Report 2018, Product Discovery, User Testing Engineers

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #154—shared with 18,591 peers—focuses on agile’s many faces, be it the progress of business agility, mob programming, or descaling the organization to ‘scale agile.’

We also have a look at Scrum.org’s brand-new advanced scrum master class, and share a reading tip — Jez Humble’s recent book on building and scaling high-performance technology organizations is eye-opening.

Lastly, we applaud Peter Casinelli who advocates that developers should conduct user tests, we learn six principles of modern product discovery, and we take to heart that no one is immune to cognitive bias.

Have a great week!

Food for Agile Thought #154: Agile’s Many Faces, BAI Report 2018, Product Discovery, User Testing Engineers



🏆 The Essential Read

(via Agility Health Radar): BAI Business Agility Report 2018

Agility Health Radar published the free BAI Business Agility Report 2018.

The survey found that most organizations rate their current business agility fluency relatively low, but have enthusiasm and hope for the future.

Agile’s Many Faces

Barry Overeem (via Scrum.org): The Making Of The Brand-New Professional Scrum Master II class

Barry Overeem looks back the creation process of Scrum.org’s new PSM II class — dog-foodism at work.

Jacqueline Emigh (via SD Times): The many faces of Agile

Jacqueline Emigh describes Agile’s many faces, from mob programming to XSCALE Alliance’s ‘descaling the organization.’

John Cutler (via Medium): The Manager and the Change Agent

John Cutler urges change agents to be crystal clear about what they stand for to make the management understand their needs.

📯 Accelerate: Building and Scaling High-Performing Technology Organizations [Review]

Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim latest book Accelerate: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations [advertising] describes the factors that drive high-performing tech organizations, derived from the data that has been aggregated with the State of DevOps Report since 2014.

Accelerate: Building and Scaling High-Performing Technology Organizations

Read more: Accelerate: Building and Scaling High-Performing Technology Organizations [Review].

Product & Lean

Teresa Torres (via Product Talk): 6 Guiding Principles for Effective Product Discovery

Teresa Torres distilled her product discovery process down to six fundamental principles.

Peter Casinelli (via Appcues): Why Every Engineer Should User Test

Peter Casinelli advocates ingraining empathy into almost every decision the product and engineering team makes.

Cindy Alvarez (via Mind The Product): Cognitive Biases & The Questions you Shouldn’t be Asking

Cindy Alvarez reminds us in this video that no one is immune to cognitive biases.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

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