Food for Agile Thought #174: Agile Feedback, Disrespect, Prime Directive, Systems Thinking for PMs

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #174—shared with 20,147 peers—focuses on making sense of feedback with the epic new EPIQ model; we talk about a Scrum value that also applies to managers, and we reflect on the prime directive and the magic it provides.

We also address the importance of product design principles; we add systems thinking to our product management toolbox, and we learn how best exploit the opportunity of a rewrite.

Lastly, we appeal to efficiency freaks to finally realize that slowing down speeds up everything in software development.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #173?

Food for Agile Thought #174: Agile Feedback, Disrespect, Prime Directive, Systems Thinking for PMs



🏆 The Essential Read: Agile Feedback

Viktor Cessan: The EPIQ Feedback Model

Viktor Cessan distilled his observations and research on feedback into a new model.

Agile Feedback & Scrum

Lemi Orhan Ergin (via InfoQ): How to Slow Down to Go Faster Than Ever in Software Development

Lemi Orhan Ergin points at the obvious that so often is ignored: that rushing makes us neither faster, nor more productive; it increases stress and distracts focus.

Bob Galen: Stop Disrespecting Managers in Agile Contexts!

Bob Galen points at the tendency in some agile circles to stereotype and marginalize managers.

Anne Weise (via ThoughtWorks): Applying the Prime Directive beyond the retrospective

Anne Weise believes that the Prime Directive establishes the base for open, respectful communication.

📅 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 € 79 incl. VAT (the regular ticket) to € 99 incl. VAT (the late-bird ticket).

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.

Product & Lean

Sachin Rekhi: Articulating Your Product Design Principles

Sachin Rekhi reflects on the importance of defining your company's core, all the way from your vision to your values, when building a product.

Sebastian Lindemann (via uxdesign.cc): Good thinking, good products

Sebastian Lindemann shares his notion of how systems thinking fits into the product management toolbox.

Roman Pichler: Tips for Rewriting a Digital Product

Roman Pichler reflects on the opportunity that a rewrite poses from the product perspective.

From the Blog: Team Building Mental Models

Team building has always been a challenge, not just since the advent of agile frameworks and the resulting emphasis on self-organization, engagement, and achieving a valuable objective. This post covers four team building mental models — or concepts — that have proven useful in understanding the context of creating agile teams: from Taylorism to Tuckman to Lencioni to Dan Pink.

Team Building Mental Models — Age of Product

Read more: Team Building Mental Models.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #173: Agile Common Sense, Agile Team Building, Product-Oriented Engineers.

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