Food for Agile Thought #200: Fixed Agile, Scrum Master Qualification, What Is Your Product, Uncertainty & Product

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #200—shared with 22,519 peers—delves into fixed agile, we learn about how large organizations assess a Scrum Master’s qualification, and why ‘agile transformation’ is not ideal as a story to tell.

We also ask whether all of your organization’s members can answer the “what is your product” question consistently, we gain a better understanding how uncertainty will influence product discovery and delivery, respectively, and brush up our understanding of effective Product Backlog refinement techniques.

Lastly, we like to thank Basecamp for providing another free webbook on software project management Basecamp-style. (#NoAgile, #NoScrum, #NoWaterfall, #NoPostits, #NoSprints, #NoStandups — just saying.)

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #199?

Food for Agile Thought #200: Fixed Agile, Scrum Master Qualification, What Is Your Product, Uncertainty & Product

🏆 The Essential Read

Sachin Rekhi: 3 Compelling Concepts from Basecamp's Shape Up

Sachin Rekhi critiques the latest (free) Basecamp book by Ryan Singer on how to manage software projects.

Fixed Agile & Scrum

Ron Jeffries: Fixed-Everything: Agile?

Fixed Agile: Ron Jeffries shares his take on the question of whether ‘agile’ is suited to deliver on fixed scope, budget, and timeline projects.

(via Agile Alliance): How Do We Know if a Scrum Master is “Good Enough” for Our Teams?

Sarah Baca reports on how Express Scripts is trying to determine the qualification of Scrum Masters and how the approach is developing.

Yuri Malishenko (via Medium): Agile transformation is a bad story and here is why

Yuri Malishenko shares his thoughts about why ‘agile transformation’ is genuinely a bad story.

📅 Liberating Structures Scrum Workshop — From Product Strategy to Roadmap to Sprint Review

Join us for another exciting LS Scrum workshop on September 7th, 2019, in Berlin. Following up on our first workshop, We will continue exploring LS microstructures, weave them into strings and apply those to Scrum’s soft underbelly — the product side, or figuring out what is worth building. Please note that this class is an advanced Liberating Structures Scrum workshop. The class is not suited for beginners to Liberating Structures. Also, you need to have a good understanding of both Scrum as well as product management in general. The workshop language is English.

Learn more: 📅 Liberating Structures Scrum Workshop — From Product Strategy to Roadmap to Sprint Review — Berlin, September 7, 2019.

Product & Lean

Ellen Gottesdiener: What Is Your Product?

Ellen Gottesdiener reflects on the importance of having a clear and consistent answer to this fundamental question.

Philipp Krehl (via Mind The Product): Product Discovery or Product Delivery: How do you Decide?

Philipp Krehl analyzes the fundamental difference between product discovery and delivery: the degree of uncertainty.

Ilia Pavlichenko (via Scrum.org): Effective Refinement, Part I

Ilia Pavlichenko suggests how to split stories, take on refinements, and why developers need to communicate directly with the stakeholders.

📯 Liberating Structures 4 Scrum: Lessons from a One-Day Immersive Workshop

Why running a Liberating Structures immersive workshop? Since the beginning of 2019, the Hands-on Agile meetup in Berlin has been exploring how to apply Liberating Structures to Scrum. Beyond the basics, we have addressed the Sprint Retrospective, the Sprint Planning, the Product Backlog as well as the Daily Scrum.

So, I thought it might be a worthwhile experiment to aggregate the previous meetups into a one-day immersive workshop on Liberating Structures for Scrum, built around climate change and MegaBrain.io, a struggling startup with little runway left and in desperate need of two successful Sprints. We ran that workshop last week, and this is what we learned.

Liberating Structures 4 Scrum: Lessons from a One-Day Immersive Workshop — Age-of-Product.com

Read More: Liberating Structures 4 Scrum: Lessons from a One-Day Immersive Workshop.


📅 More Training, Workshops, and Events

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

Professional Scrum Training by PST Stefan Wolpers, Berlin Product People

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.


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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #199: Fixing Scrum, Mob Programming Patterns, #NoCode, 737 MAX Revisited.

2 thoughts on “Food for Agile Thought #200: Fixed Agile, Scrum Master Qualification, What Is Your Product, Uncertainty & Product”

  1. Unfortunately it looks like Sarah Bacca’s report on the Agile Alliance website cannot be found. The link doesn’t work and a direct Google search gets to the same page, which still doesn’t work 🙁

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