Food for Agile Thought #204: Scrum & TPS, Strategy Knotworking, Kill Your Product Backlog, Youtube as an MVP

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #204—shared with 23,376 peers—turns to Scrum TPS to 3-5x quality and value; we learn how to weave strings of Liberating Structures to achieve a Scrum Team’s goals, and we adjust our approach to handling organizational change.

We then kill our product backlogs; we embrace the idea of #nocode MVPs, and we come back again to the question of user story sizing.

Lastly, we ask: how come that so many agile transformations still fail, given the wealth of knowledge accumulated on the topic over recent years?

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #203?

Food for Agile Thought #204: Scrum & TPS, Strategy Knotworking, Kill Your Product Backlog, Youtube as an MVP

🏆 The Essential Read

Ant Murphy (via Product Coalition): Is Your Agile Transformation Failing, Too?

Ant Murphy asks: if we know that change is hard, why do a staggering amount of transformations still fail?

Agile & Scrum TPS

Barry Overeem (via Scrum.org): Strategy Knotworking: turning ideas and ambitions into reality

Barry Overeem shares an example of how a Scrum Master can use Liberating Structures to help a Scrum Team turn their ideas and ambitions into reality.

(via InfoQ): Scrum & The Toyota Production System, Build Ultra-Powerful Teams

Pierre Jannez notes that marrying Scrum and TPS improves quality and value creation by an x3-x5 factor.

Len Lagestee: …But Your Kids are Going to Love it

Len Lagestee points at the importance of understanding the current state before leaping ahead with a change approach.

📅 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

Jason Fried and Justin Jackson (via Justinmind): Jason Fried wants to delete my backlog

Justin Jackson shares a short video with Jason Fried, in which Jason advocates to kill product backlogs, being ‘dangerous, horrible’ things.

John Saddington (via Free Code Camp): How We Built Our Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

John Saddington shares the story of how Yen.io started—without coding.

Allan Kelly (via DZone): What Is the Right Size for a User Story?

Allan Kelly shares his criteria that a User Story should meet—independent of size.

📯 Scrum First Principles

Popularized by Elon Musk, utilizing first principles thinking to solve problems in an innovative, creative, and less biased way has proven popular in the tech community. Given that its sibling empiricism is an integral part of Scrum as a framework, applying Scrum first principles thinking is also a useful exercise.

Scrum First Principles — Age-of-Product.com

Learn more: Scrum First Principles — How to Elon Musk the Scrum Guide.

📅 More Training, Workshops, and Events

Date Class and Language City Price
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

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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