Food for Agile Thought #195: Amazon Agility, DevOps Phenomenon, Empowered Product Teams, Fear and Sandboxes

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #195—shared with 22,363 peers—discovers Amazon Agility, we delve into the DevOps phenomenon as a strategic advantage, and embrace successful models for self-managing organizations.

We also learn how to hold each other accountable as teammates, we understand the necessity of safe-to-fail places to stimulate innovation, and we ask: Shall product roadmaps have dates?

Lastly, we enjoy 45 minutes with Mr. Product Management Marty Cagan on ordinary people creating extraordinary things.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #194?

Food for Agile Thought #195: Amazon Agility, DevOps Phenomenon, Empowered Product Teams, Fear and Sandboxes

🏆 The Essential Read: Amazon Agility

Steve Denning (via Forbes): How Amazon Became Agile

Amazon Agility: Steve Denning summarizes John Rossman’s new book ‘Think Like Amazon: 50 1/2 Ideas to Become a Digital Leader.’

Amazon Agility & Scrum

Nicole Forsgren (via ACM Queue): The DevOps Phenomenon

Anna Wiedemann, Nicole Forsgren, and others provide an executive crash course in DevOps emphasizing its strategic advantage over phase-gate or waterfall-driven organizations.

(via InfoQ): 📺 Management and Leadership of the Agile Organization

Christopher Davies discusses the misinterpretation of ‘command and control,’ the nature of strategy, the difference between leadership and management, looking at models for self-managing organizations.

Manuel Küblböck (via Medium): How we hold each other accountable

Manuel Küblböck reflects on trust and accountability in the agile world, pointing at that the latter is non-optional for a high-performing self-organized team.

📅 Training, Workshops, and Events

DateClass and LanguageCityPrice
Sep 17–19, 2019Professional Scrum Master Training plus Liberating Structures (PSM I; Englisch)Berlin€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
Oct 08–09, 2019Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German)Berlin€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
Oct 15–16, 2019Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German)Hamburg€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
Oct 21–22, 2019Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English)Frankfurt/Main€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
Oct 29-30, 2019Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English)Berlin€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
Nov 12–14, 2019Professional Scrum Master Training + Liberating Structures (PSM I; German)Munich€1,499 incl. 19% VAT

You can book your seat for the training directly by following the corresponding links to the ticket shop. If the procurement process of your organization requires a different purchasing process, please contact Berlin Product People GmbH directly.

Scrum Guide Reordered Free Download

Product & Lean

Marty Cagan (via Mind The Product): 📺 Empowered Product Teams

In this video, Marty Cagan shares his experience on how to achieve extraordinary results with ordinary people.

Tristan Kromer: Fear and the Sandbox

Tristan Kromer notes that to innovate, we need places where we are comfortable exploring ideas that are likely to fail.

Roman Pichler: Should Product Roadmaps Have Dates?

Roman Pichler discusses the pros and cons of using dates on product roadmaps to help you decide which option is right for you.

📅 Berlin, 2019-07-06: Liberating Structures 4 Scrum

Join us for an exciting day of practicing Liberating Structures for Scrum in Berlin, on July 6th, 2019. 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.

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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