Food for Agile Thought #201: Software Nature, Coaching Permission, Safe Spaces, ML Product Management

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #201—shared with 22,612 peers—delves into software nature, we correct some popular misconceptions about Scrum, and we revisit the idea that innovation always includes failure, and that teams should experience it safely.

We also address the conceptual difference of product management for machine learning compared to ‘normal’ product management; we embrace the importance of disrupting ourselves, and we appreciate the Product Backlog ordering quadrant.

Lastly, we learn how to help teams that do not want to be coached.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #200?

Food for Agile Thought #201: Software Nature, Coaching Permission, Safe Spaces, ML Product Management

🏆 The Essential Read: Software Nature

Mary Poppendieck: Grown-Up Lean: The Nature of Software

Software nature: Mary Poppendieck shares work in progress; a chapter of the forthcoming ‘The International Handbook of Lean Organization,’ by Cambridge University Press.

Agile & Scrum

Viktor Cessan: 🎙 Coaching Teams That Do Not Want To Be Coached

Viktor Cessan shares his secret recipe on how to get an invitation to coach a team without imposing your coaching offer.

Zach Bonaker: Truth, Lies, and Scrum

Zach Bonaker shares ‘some truths of what Scrum is, what it isn’t, and how you can improve as a practitioner.’

Scott Weiner: Why Innovative Agile Teams Need a Safe Space to "Fail"​ and How to Create One

Scott Weiner points at the obvious: if failure speeds up learning so dramatically, how come that organizations are still struggling with embracing the idea that failure is not merely an option, but a necessity for innovation?

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📅 Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I + Liberating Structures — Berlin, September 17-19, 2019

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Product & Lean

(via Data Science Blog by Domino): Machine Learning Product Management: Lessons Learned

Ann Spencer shares product management insights and lessons learned from Peter Skomoroch regarding machine learning.

Natasha Wahid (via WiderFunnel): Not running experiments? You're falling behind

Natasha Wahid points at the elephant in the room: how to avoid disruption from the outside when you’re not trying to disrupt yourself?

Willem Vermaak (via PO Perspective: Team development for the Development Team

Willem Vermaak shares his Product Backlog ordering quadrant, including team development and experimentation.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

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

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