Food for Agile Thought #202: Cognitive Biases, Agile Around the Globe, ProductOps, Metrics of Innovation

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #202—shared with 22,882 peers—dives into mental models and cognitive biases that impede decision making; we browse through a case study of a failed large Scrum project in the financial industry, and we get more ideas on how to overcome agile transition antibodies of an organizational immune system.

We also address how to make product discovery less of a gamble; we consider suitable metrics for an innovation program, and we get a glimpse at ProductOps. (DevOps, DesignOps, and now ProductOps—the space is getting crowded.)

Lastly, we learn more about how “Agile” is working around the globe, and how we could learn from other cultures.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #201?

Food for Agile Thought #202: Cognitive Biases, Agile Around the Globe, ProductOps, Metrics of Innovation

🏆 The Essential Read: Cognitive Biases

Ben Crothers (via Atlassian): 5 cognitive bias examples and how to avoid them in decision-making

Ben Crothers points at five critical cognitive biases that directly influence the outcome of our efforts to create great products negatively.

Agile & Scrum

Glaudia Califano (via InfoQ): 📺 Agile Around the World

Fellow PSTs Glaudia Califano and David Spinks share case studies and observations of agile adoption in various countries, discussing how different cultures could learn from each other.

Wolfgang Steffens (via LeSS): Attempted LeSS Huge adoption at a German insurance company

Wolfgang Steffens shares a detailed case study of a failed Scrum scaling attempt.

John Hagel (via Deloitte Insights): Unleashing motivation for transformation

John Hagel shares his approach on how to motivate people to overcome the inevitable resistance to an organizational transformation.

📅 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

Hiten Shah (via productboard): Hiten Shah on identifying customer needs with stories

Hiten Shah elaborates on the importance of using stories to seek out your customers’ emotional hotspots, making product discovery less of a gamble.

Tristan Kromer: What Metrics Should Innovation Programs Measure?

Tristan Kromer delves into the issue of how to measure innovation programs: from agreeing on metrics before you start to the benefits of failure to insight velocity.

Melissa Perri: 📺 Product Operations: The Fuel for Winning Product Strategies

In this webinar replay, Melissa Perri introduces ‘Product Operations’ — the art of removing obstacles from evidence-based decision making.

From the Blog: 📯 Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Product Backlog Meetup

The fourth Liberating Structures for Scrum meetup addressed the Product Backlog, more precisely the issues with Product Backlogs that subsequently cause Sprint Plannings to fail and Scrum Teams to deliver below their capabilities; as the saying goes: garbage in, garbage out.

Liberating Structures Scrum Product Backlog Ecocycle Planning —

Learn more: Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Product Backlog Meetup.

📅 More 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

Professional Scrum Training by PST Stefan Wolpers, Berlin  Product People

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

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

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