Food for Agile Thought’s issue #192—shared with 22,034 peers—asks: Should your organization ditch Scrum? Moreover, we address Friday deploy freezes and how systems thinking can help to overcome agile anti-patterns.
We also reveal issues w/ Northstar metrics; we analyze innovation in the era of the learning organization, and we delve into the Boing 737 MAX 8 disaster.
Lastly, we thank Peter Gfader for speaking out loud in support of physical boards and index cards. Finally! 🙏
Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #191?
🏆 The Essential Read
Friday Deploy Freezes Are Exactly Like Murdering Puppies:
Charity Majors reflects on why Friday freezes are no longer seen as a badge of responsibility and honor but rather a source of mild embarrassment.
Agile & Ditch Scrum?
Cage Fight: Electronic VS Physical Boards:
Peter Gfader points at the utility of ‘big-ass-boards’ to track work and visualize stuff.
AgileByExample): ABE light 2019: Why Should Most Organisations Ditch Scrum!(via
Jurgen De Smet helps you evaluate if your organization should ditch Scrum or not.
(via InfoQ): Agile Anti-Patterns: A Systems Thinking Approach
David Johnston advocates using systems thinking to classify problems w/ agile transitions and identify their solutions.
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Product & Lean
Medium): WTF is Your Metric Doing to Your Customers?(via
Vince Law analyzes how to avoid the unintended consequences of the one metric that rules them all—your Northstar metric.
What is innovation?:
Harold Jarche puts his core observations about innovation together into a cohesive narrative.
Boeing 737 MAX 8: Would Agile Foundations Have Prevented Such Fatal Flaws?:
Did Boeing’s development of the 737 MAX 8 avoid Agile principles? Robin Dymond believes so.
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