Food for Agile Thought’s issue #208—shared with 23,551 peers—sheds light on the fate of Six Sigma; we introduce the free Zombie Scrum Checker for your Scrum Team, and we address once again the cycle-time/velocity prediction issue.
We also delve into Booking.com’s experimentation culture; we learn which traps to avoid when handling payment in a B2C application, and we enjoy a Twitter rant on the uselessness of timeline roadmaps.
Lastly, we thank Ron Jeffries for pointing at the obvious: you get paid for shipping valuable software every single Sprint. Period.
Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #207?
🏆 The Essential Read: The Demise Six Sigma
Quartz): Whatever happened to Six Sigma?(via
Oliver Staley analyzes the fate of Six Sigma the corporate management religion that promised to take on complexity once and for all.
Agile, Scrum & Six Sigma
No Software: No Agile, No Scrum:
Ron Jeffries points at a simple truth: to be agile means to deliver valuable, working software every single Sprint or iteration.
Scrum.org): Introducing the Zombie Scrum Symptom Checker(via
Christiaan Verwijs and Johannes Schartau published a new free tool that you can use to diagnose your Scrum Team.
Measure Cycle Time, Not Velocity:
Johanna Rothman recommends that teams use their cycle time to see how long a task might take.
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Product & Lean
(via Harvard Business Review): At Booking.com, Innovation Means Constant Failure
HBS Professor Stefan Thomke points at Booking.com, which embraced a culture where testing, experimentation, and failure are essential.
10 lessons learned from asking our users to pay:
Gil Bouhnick looks back at what they have learned in over a decade dealing with payment in a B2C product.
ProdPad): Timeline roadmaps suck(via
Janna Bastow takes to Twitter to explain why most product roadmaps set their teams up for failure.
📯 New Post: Scrum Accountability
‘Autonomy without accountability equals anarchy’ summarizes an essential design element of any agile organization. Without these checks and balances in place any aspiration to transform an organization is likely to fail. (Or at best level out at a mechanistic level.) Learn more about how Scrum deals with accountability.
Learn more: Scrum Accountability.
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