Food for Agile Thought #175: Agile Pipe Dreams, Fast Tracks in Scrum, Product Canvas, Engaging Engineers

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #175—shared with 20,249 peers—focuses on agile pipe dreams: from the absence of complexity in software development to the management-free organization to abundant team capacity.

We also identify more product management problem areas, how to create a shared understanding about your product within your organization, and how you can engage your engineers beyond churning out code.

Lastly, we can put the fuzziness of the #NoEstimates concept to rest once and for all—there is a new animation explaining everything in merely six minutes.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #174?

Food for Agile Thought #175: Agile Pipe Dreams, Fast Tracks in Scrum, Product Canvas, Engaging Engineers



🏆 The Essential Read

John Yorke: 📺 #NoEstimates in a Nutshell

John Yorke created excellent ‘no estimates’ introduction—a well-spent investment of six minutes.

Agile Pipe Dreams & Scrum

Peter G. Klein and Nicolai Foss (via Aeon): No boss? No thanks. Why managers are more important than ever.

Peter G. Klein and Nicolai Foss advocate that today’s flatter business organizations need managers more than ever—but in new ways.

James Shore: Large-Scale Agile: Where Do You Want Your Complexity?

James Shore reflects on Michael Feathers’ law of conservation of complexity in software.

Ian Mitchell (via Scrum.org): Expedite! Handling Unplanned Work in Scrum

Ian Mitchell suggests a way how to handle urgent new tasks as a Scrum team during the sprint.

📅 More than 60 Percent of Tickets Sold — 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 € 89 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

Marty Cagan: More PM Problem Areas

Marty Cagan wrote a follow-up article to ‘Common PM Problem Areas’ addressing issues that emerged from the discussion.

Ellen Gottesdiener: Using the Product Canvas to Define Your Product: Getting Started

Ellen Gottesdiener addresses the problem of not having a shared organization-wide understanding on ‘what is our product.’

Marc Abraham (via This Is Product Management): 🎙 Working with Engineers is Product Management

Marc Abraham explains how he manages to engage the engineers in product design beyond coding.

📺 Quit Agile Pipe Dreams and Get Real — Join 1,075-plus Agile Peers on Youtube

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✋ Do Not Miss Out: Join the 4,575-plus Strong ‘Hands-on Agile’ Slack Community

I invite you to join the “Hands-on Agile” Slack Community and enjoy the benefits of a fast-growing, vibrant community of agile practitioners from around the world.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

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

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