Food for Agile Thought #203: Zombie Scrum, Black Mirror Ethics, Apex Predators in Agile, How to Product Update

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #203—shared with 23,236 peers—revisits the case for a combined top-down, bottom-up approach to agile transformations; we learn how to identify and deal with Zombie Scrum, and we consider the usefulness of making a Development Team member also the Scrum Master.

We then address how to communicate product changes to customers in a way that they will not freak out; we go Black Mirror with ethic tests, and we consider how to communicate as a product mensch with engineers without making them freak out either.

Lastly, we ask whether it is futile to resist the slow but steady assimilation of coaches into an organization’s culture?

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #202?

Food for Agile Thought #203: Zombie Scrum, Black Mirror Ethics, Apex Predators in Agile, How to Product Update

🏆 The Essential Read

Michiel van Gerven (via Organize Agile): Why true agile transformation requires apex predators

Michiel van Gerven chooses a great metaphor to stress the importance of a combined top-down and bottom-up approach to make agile transformations work.

Agile & Zombie Scrum

Mia Horrigan (via Zen Ex Machina): How to survive the Zombie Scrum Apocalypse

Mia Horrigan shares her slides from the Lean-Agile Systems Thinking (LAST) Conference on symptoms of Zombie Scrum and how to fight it.

Bob Galen: The Trap of being an Embedded Agile Coach

Bob Galen analyzes the options of avoiding being assimilated by an organization’s culture.

The Travel Chica: Can a Development Team Member also be the Scrum Master?

Fellow PST Stephanie Ockerman reflects on the combination of Scrum roles in one individual and its usefulness.

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This extended PSM class adds a third day to the Professional Scrum Master training that focuses on the application of Liberating Structures to Scrum Events such as the Sprint Retrospective or the Sprint Review to apply the PSM training immediately to practical problems.

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

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Product & Lean

Jason Evanish: How to Write Product Updates that Delight Customers & Reduce Churn

Jason Evanish shares his approach on how to communicate product changes properly to customers.

Roisi Proven (via Mind The Product): 🎙 The Black Mirror Test

In this podcast, Roisi Proven shares how to put product decisions through a rigorous ethics test, modeled after the TV show.

Hadrien Raffalli (via Pivotal): The Art of Interrupting Software Engineers

Hadrien Raffalli introduces his routine to facilitate conversations with the engineers he works with regularly.

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Sep 07, 2019 Liberating Structures Scrum Workshop — From Product Strategy to Roadmap to Sprint Review (Englisch) Berlin €69 incl. 19% VAT
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

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