Food for Agile Thought #218: Alignment & Autonomy, Waterfall, Parkinson’s Law, Hypothesis Prioritization, UX Research in Agile

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #218—shared with 24,269 peers—delves into alignment and autonomy at an organizational level; we shed more light on something we all believe in understanding well — the waterfall process —, and we explore the necessary mindset to become a good coach.

We also learn more about an extension to the Lean UX canvas, handling the prioritization of hypotheses; we discover techniques to take agile UX research to the next level, and we applaud a new 2020 Product conference listing.

Lastly, we enjoy a BBC article on the man who brought you timeboxes. Well, sort of.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #217?

Food for Agile Thought #218: Alignment & Autonomy, Waterfall, Parkinson’s Law, Hypothesis Prioritization, UX Research in Agile

🏆 The Essential Post

Manuel Küblböck (via Medium): How we align our goals

Alignment: Manuel Küblböck analyzes how to become aligned as an organization yet still preserve autonomy.

Agile Alignment & Scrum

Martin Fowler: WaterfallProcess

Martin Fowler delves into ‘waterfall,’ starting with the Royce paper, and notes that its meaning would be ill-defined and its origin obscure.

(via BBC News): The ‘law’ that explains why you can't get anything done

Tiffanie Wen reflects on Cyril Northcote Parkinson’s essay from 1955 and what it has to do with deadlines, organizational debt, bureaucracy, and time-boxing.

“It is a commonplace observation that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

Chris Jones (via svpg): The Coaching Mindset

Chris Jones looks at the necessary mindset of a coach to become a servant leader that has an impact.

📅 One Last Seat Available: Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I — Berlin, December 10-11, 2019

Join your peers for this hands-on Scrum Master training, including up to two attempts at the Professional Scrum Master® I certification by Scrum.org. Learn everything about empiricism, self-organization & the ‘Definition of Done’ in two energizing days in Berlin, Dec 10-11, 2019. The class language is German.

📅 Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I — Berlin, December 10-11, 2019

Learn more: 📅 Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I — Berlin, December 10-11, 2019.

Product & Lean

Jeff Gothelf: The Hypothesis Prioritization Canvas

Jeff Gothelf extents the Lean UX canvas to help facilitate a conversation with your team and stakeholders to determine which hypotheses will get your attention.

(via ThoughtWorks): Six tactics to maximize UX research in agile

Kuppy Tanaporn Benjapolakul shares her take on how to integrate user experience (UX) research in an agile work environment.

Teresa Torres: 2020 Product Conferences

Teresa Torres started aggregating her 2020 Product Conferences directory.

📯 15 Sprint Review Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams

Are we still on the right track? Answering this question in a collaborative effort of the Scrum Team as well as internal (and external) stakeholders is the purpose of the Sprint Review. Given its importance, it is worthwhile to tackle the most common Sprint Review anti-patterns.

15 Sprint Review Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams — Age-of-Product.com

Read more: 15 Sprint Review Anti-Patterns Holding Back Scrum Teams.

📅 More Training, Workshops, and Events

Date Class and Language City Price
Nov 27–28, 2019 Sold out: PST Stefan Wolpers”>Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English) Berlin €1,499 incl. 19% VAT
Dec 10-11, 2019 Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German) Berlin €1,499 incl. 19% VAT
Feb 18-20, 2020 Professional Scrum Master Training + Liberating Structures (PSM I; English) Berlin €1,699 incl. 19% VAT
Mar 3-4, 2020 Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German) Hamburg €1,499 incl. 19% VAT
Mar 10–11, 2019 Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English) Frankfurt/Main €1,499 inkl. 19% USt.
Mar 24–25, 2019 Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English) Berlin €1,699 inkl. 19% USt.

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 #217: Agile Playbooks, Sprint Length, Working w/ Finance, Journey to Product Teams.

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