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?
🏆 The Essential Read
Organize Agile): Why true agile transformation requires apex predators(via
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
Zen Ex Machina): How to survive the Zombie Scrum Apocalypse(via
Mia Horrigan shares her slides from the Lean-Agile Systems Thinking (LAST) Conference on symptoms of Zombie Scrum and how to fight it.
The Trap of being an Embedded Agile Coach:
Bob Galen analyzes the options of avoiding being assimilated by an organization’s culture.
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.
📅 Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I + Liberating Structures — Berlin, September 17-19, 2019
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.
Product & Lean
How to Write Product Updates that Delight Customers & Reduce Churn:
Jason Evanish shares his approach on how to communicate product changes properly to customers.
Mind The Product): 🎙 The Black Mirror Test(via
In this podcast, Roisi Proven shares how to put product decisions through a rigorous ethics test, modeled after the TV show.
Pivotal): The Art of Interrupting Software Engineers(via
Hadrien Raffalli introduces his routine to facilitate conversations with the engineers he works with regularly.
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|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|
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|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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