Food for Agile Thought #193: Story Points & Velocity, Fake Agile, Saving Breakthrough Ideas, Product-Market-Fit Guide

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #193—shared with 22,168 peers—revisits story points and velocity; we get an idea on how to spot cargo cult agile, and we learn more about how to overcome the industrial age at the organizational level by getting rid of hierarchical structures.

We also learn five techniques on how to garden disruptive ideas in a hostile environment; we dive into mental models and biases and how they influence corporate decision making, and we brush up our knowledge on what product-market-fit is and how to achieve it.

Lastly, we listen to Gitte Klitgaard, who points at the importance of feeling safe to leave your comfort zone if you want to 10X your learning experience.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #192?

Food for Agile Thought #193: Story Points & Velocity, Fake Agile, Saving Breakthrough Ideas, Product-Market-Fit Guide

🏆 The Essential Read

Gitte Klitgaard (via InfoQ): Feeling Safe to Be Uncomfortable

Gitte Klitgaard passionately opposes the notion that psychological safety prevents us from learning.

Agile, Story Points & Scrum

Ron Jeffries: Story Points Revisited

Ron Jeffries reflects on the state of story points, pointing at the numerous misuses in the name of predictability.

Steve Denning (via Forbes): Understanding Fake Agile

Steve Denning identifies cargo cult Agile—from SAFe to stalled journeys to ‘Agile-lite.’

(via Corporate Rebels): 5 Steps To A Progressive Organizational Structure

Corporate Rebels propose five ways of creating progressive organizational structures suited to overcome the outdated hierarchical approach that most companies still rely on.

📅 Training, Workshops, and Events

2019-07-06, Berlin: Liberating Structures 4 Scrum — From Daily Scrum to Sprint Review.

Join us for an exciting day of practicing Liberating Structures 4 Scrum — From Daily Scrum to Sprint Review. We will be exploring several microstructures, weave them into strings and apply those to Scrum events like the Daily Scrum, the Sprint Review, or the Sprint Retrospective. The workshop language will be English.

Liberating Structures 4 Scrum — From Daily Scrum to Sprint Review (Hands-on-Agile Academy)

The workshop is well suited for beginners of Liberating Structures if you already have a basic understanding of Scrum roles, events, and artifacts. (However, I would not recommend the workshop to those who are unfamiliar with both Scrum and Liberating Structures.)

The workshop fee includes lunch and beverages. The regular ticket is € 89 incl. 19% VAT. There is a limited number of Early Bird tickets available at € 69 incl. 19% VAT.

Lastly, if you are a regular attendee of the Hands-on Agile meetups, you might be eligible for a discount of up to € 30. (Get your loyalty card at the next Hands-on Agile meetup on June 13th, 2019.)

Get your ticket: Liberating Structures 4 Scrum — From Daily Scrum to Sprint Review (Berlin, July 6th, 2019.)

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Product & Lean

Joe Brown: How To Prevent Breakthrough Ideas from Being Rejected

Joe Brown lists five approaches to save potentially disruptive ideas before organizational antibodies start killing them off.

Charles Lambdin (via Medium): Behavioral Economics and Corporate Strategy

Charles Lambdin delves into the latest findings on how mental models and biases influence corporate decision making.

Andy Sparks (via Holloway): Fundamentals of Product-Market Fit

Andy Sparks shares an excerpt from the upcoming ‘Guide to Raising Venture Capital’ wrapping up the issue nicely.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #192: Ditch Scrum? Friday Deploy Freezes, Boing 737 MAX 8, Issues w/ Northstar Metrics.

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