Food for Agile Thought #185: Agile Values in Work and Life, Hiring Agile Teams, Splitting User Stories, Project to Product Focus

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #185—shared with 21,547 peers—covers agile values and the path from project to product-focused organizations. We also learn what to look for when hiring agile teams, and take away lessons learned along the way of becoming an acknowledged agile coach.

Moreover, we address the rationale behind splitting user stories, how to deal with customer churn effectively from a learning perspective, and why ‘done’ tends to clash with ‘validated’ so often when engineers talk to UX folks.

Lastly, we enjoy a new book—available for free as a PDF—that takes a look at what the values of the Agile Manifesto mean when you try to apply them to work and life.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #184?

Food for Agile Thought #185: Agile Values in Work and Life, Hiring Agile Teams, Splitting User Stories, Project to Product Focus



🏆 The Essential Read

(via InfoQ): 📖 Understanding Agile Values & Principles. An Examination of the Agile Manifesto

Scott Duncan offers his thoughts on what an understanding of agile values and principles could mean to an organization. (Free download.)

Agile Values & Scrum

Dave West (via SD Times): Building Agile Teams: Hiring and selecting the right people

Dave West shares the findings of a recent research study that compared successful agile teams with personality and work value models.

Simon Powers and Shane Hastie: 📺 Lessons from a Personal Journey in Becoming an Agile Coach with Shane Hastie

Shane Hastie—the InfoQ Culture Podcast host—shares his lessons learned on becoming a recognized agile coach.

Bob Galen: Project vs. Product

Bob Galen defines his view of the best organizational structure supporting the move to become an agile organization.


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Product & Lean

John Yorke: Advice on splitting stories

John Yorke refers to Russell Ackoff and W. Edwards Deming to explain the rationale of user story splitting.

Kai Forsyth (via Intercom): How to learn from churn – designing good user offboarding

Kai Forsyth suggests how to deal with the inevitable—customer churn—in a reasonable, productive manner generating insights.

Josh Seiden (via uxdesign.cc): Agile won’t get you to Done; here are 4 ways to fix that

Josh Seiden reflects on the conflict between ‘done’ as an engineering concept and ‘validated’ as its UX counterpart.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #184: Agile Management Trends, Waste, Twyman’s Law, 251 Free PM Resources.

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