Food for Agile Thought #206: Breaking Hierarchy, Estimation & #noEstimates, Change Agents, 10x Experiments

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #206—shared with 23,491 peers—covers Spotify’s approach to breaking hierarchy; we revisit the estimation discussion, and we consider reasons why teams may not be interested in becoming agile.

We also learn how to 10x our experimentation capacity; we discover five machine learning lessons for product managers, and we track value in an agile transformation.

Lastly, we delve into types of agile coaches—from cargo cult to transformative.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #205?

Food for Agile Thought #206: Breaking Hierarchy, Estimation & #noEstimates, Change Agents, 10x Experiments

🏆 The Essential Read: Breaking Hierarchy

Kristian Lindwall (via InfoQ): 📺 Breaking Hierarchy - How Spotify Enables Engineer Decision Making

Kristian Lindwall shares how Spotify approaches the problem of fully leveraging the capacity of everyone in the organization.

Agile & Scrum

Ron Jeffries: Some Thoughts on Estimation

Ron Jeffries reflects on estimation and the #noEstimates tag and meme.

Simon Powers: The story of 3 change agents

Simon Powers defines three types of coaches—from the unquestionable expert to the transformational coach.

(via AgileConnection): It's Not Just Culture: When Teams Impede Agile Adoption

Joe Schofield explores five barriers to a successful agile transformation at the team level.

📅 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

Michael St Laurent (via WiderFunnel): Going from 10 to 100 experiments per year: Building the frame

Michael St Laurent analyzes how to leverage existing organizational buy-in and experimentation technology to 10x your discovery.

Anna Buldakova (via Mind The Product): 5 Machine Learning Lessons for Product Managers

Anna Buldakova summarizes her experience regarding machine learning for PMs in five lessons.

Mike Cottmeyer (via Leading Agile): 📺 How do you Track Value in an Agile Transformation?

In this short video, Mike Cottmeyer points at the metrics that indicate a successful transformation.

📯 Liberating Structures for Scrum (4): The Daily Scrum

This post on Liberating Structures for Scrum addresses the Daily Scrum, particularly the notion that it is barely possible to create a Liberating Structure Daily Scrum string that fits into the 15-minutes time-box of the Daily Scrum. Learn more on how to bust that myth.

Discovery and Action Dialog (DAD)

Learn more: Liberating Structures for Scrum (4): The Daily Scrum.

📅 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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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #205: Agile Principles, Agile’s Course, Amazon’s Innovation Formula, Innovation w/o Labs.

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