Food for Agile Thought #186: Agile Improv Comedy, Monte Carlo Agile Estimation, Efficiency, Slavery & Taylorism

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #186—shared with 21,631 peers—covers agile improv comedy as a way to up your game as an agile practitioner, we discover a free Monte Carlo simulation tool for agile estimation, and we learn more about Scrum@Scale from Jeff Sutherland.

Moreover, we address why less is more in the case of ‘Agile,’ how we can scale as a product mensch in charge of a growing product, and we learn why the best teams continuously improve processes and products at the same time.

Lastly, we dive into the dark side that influenced Mr. Taylor’s scientific management method with an excerpt from the book “Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management.“

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #185?

Food for Agile Thought #186: Agile Improv Comedy, Monte Carlo Agile Estimation, Efficiency, Slavery & Taylorism



🏆 The Essential Read

(via Intercom): A product manager walks into a bar… how improv comedy made me a better product manager

Amogh Sarda shares how practicing agile improv comedy improved his communication and collaboration personal skills.

Agile Improv Comedy & Scrum

Thomas Betts (via InfoQ): Web-Based Monte Carlo Simulation for Agile Estimation

Thomas Betts points at a free web-based tool to run Monte Carlo simulations.

Jeff Sutherland and Shaaron A Alvares (via InfoQ): Scrum@Scale: An Interview with Agile Manifesto Co-Author and Scrum Co-Founder Jeff Sutherland

Shaaron Alves interviewed Jeff Sutherland on a wide array of topics, among those also Scrum Alliance’s Scrum@Scale initiative.

(via Boston Review): How Slavery Inspired Modern Business Management

This is an excerpt from Caitlin Rosenthal’s Harvard University Press book “Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management,“ pointing at the dark side that influenced Mr. Taylor’s scientific management method.

📺 From the Blog: Hands-on Agile Webinar #10: Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns [Video]

The replay of the tenth Hands-on Agile webinar covers twelve anti-patterns of the sprint retrospective—from #NoRetro to the dispensable buffer to UNSMART action items to a missing product owner.

Webinar Sprint Retrospective — Hands-on Agile Webinar #10

Learn more: 📺 Webinar #10: Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns.

Product & Lean

Dave Dame (via Scrum.org): Where Does the Efficiency and Speed from Agile Come From?

David Dame points at the supposedly obvious: ‘Agile’ is not about cranking out features and becoming a more efficient feature factory.

Roman Pichler: 10 Scaling Tips for Product People

Roman Pichler shares ten practical tips to help you effectively scale as the person in charge of a growing product.

Teresa Torres and Holly Hester-Reilly: 🎙 The Teresa Torres Hypothesis: The Best Product Teams Continually Improve Both Their Product and Their Process

In this podcast, Teresa Torres covers challenges from agency model to buy-in from executive level to establishing continuous product discovery in an organization.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

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

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