Food for Agile Thought #172: Taylorism & Agility, Agile Planning Myths, Product Discovery, Leadership in an Agile World

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #172—shared with 20,138 peers—focuses on Taylorism Agility and its contribution to imposing ‘agile,’ why agility and governance do not have to be mutually exclusive, and busts several agile planning myths.

We also refresh our memory why the engineers need to participate in product discovery, how you prepare for product experiments, and what this whole customer journey mapping is about.

Lastly, we learn what good leadership has to do with intrinsic motivation in the trenches.

This is the last edition of the ‘Food for Agile Thought’ newsletter in 2018. Thank you so much for your feedback and continued support; we will be back on January 6th, 2019, with issue #173.

Enjoy the rest of 2018!

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Food for Agile Thought #172: Taylorism Agility, Agile Planning Myths, Product Discovery, Leadership in an Agile World



🏆 The Essential Read

Jordan B Peterson (via Big Think): 📺 Jordan Peterson’s guide to leadership

Jordan B. Peterson gives an excellent pep talk for your next conversation with the senior leadership level on why their role needs to change.

Taylorism Agility & Scrum

Jordan Job (via Business 2 Community): One Shocking Thing Many Agile Coaches Are Getting Wrong

Despite the click-bait-ish headline, Jordan Job provides a good overview of Taylorism, and how some agile coaches, unfortunately, apply its principles to introduce ‘agile.’

Matthew Hodgson (via Zen Ex Machina): Demystifying Agile Estimation and Planning

Matthew Hodgson shares a slide deck on the subtleties of looking ahead as an agile team.

Mike Cohn: Agile & Project Governance: Can They Coexist?

Mike Cohn elaborates on how to reconcile agility and project governance as he believes that both are not mutually exclusive.

📅 Tickets Are available now: Agile Camp Berlin 2019: April 26–27, 2019

The Agile Camp Berlin 2019 will happen from April 26 to April 27, 2019. The ACB19 venue will be the Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum right in the middle of Berlin.

📅 Agile Camp Berlin 2019: April 26–27, 2019

Experience two energizing days with 200 agile peers focusing on community, sharing, and learning. Moreover, I am particularly excited that we will dedicate the second day to practicing games and exercises—from Liberating Structures to paper snowflakes and airplanes to building castles with 50 other folks, you have never met in your life!

Ticket prices will range from € 69 incl. VAT (early-bird) to € 99 incl. VAT (late-bird) — except for the ACB19 Super Early Bird tickets which are available now in a limited quantity at € 59 incl. VAT.

We expect the official website to be available mid of January 2019. There you will be able to see who will participate, suggestions for talks, games, and exercises as well as the details of the Agile Camp Berlin 2019. If you like to stay tuned, consider joining the Hands-on Agile Slack group.

Are you interested in joining the organization team? Great, please get in contact with us via this form!

Product & Lean

Teresa Torres (via Product Talk): Why Engineers Should Participate in Discovery

Teresa Torres strongly advocates in favor of engineers actively participating in figuring out what to build.

John Cutler (via Hackernoon): Great One-Pagers

John Cutler shares his approach on how to describe product bets to build shared understanding around opportunity, value, impact, outcomes, risk, and viability.

Sarah Gibbons (via Nielsen Norman Group): Journey Mapping 101

Sarah Gibbons shares a useful guide to customer journey mapping—well-suited for engineers and product managers.

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