Food for Agile Thought #219: Conflict Fear, Tough Conversations, Product Owner Stances, Skip MVPs

TL; DR: Conflict Fear, Tough Conversations — Food for Agile Thought #219

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #219—shared with 24,328 peers—focuses on how to handle tough conversations and overcome conflict fear. We also appreciate a team-building canvas based on core protocols.

We then educate ourselves on the different stances of the Product Owner role; we give skipping the minimum viable product a second thought, and we embrace one more time the benefits of transparency to build trust.

Lastly, we enjoy a short lesson from the trenches on how holacracy works.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #218?

Food for Agile Thought #219: Conflict Fear, Tough Conversations, Product Owner Stances, Skip MVPs

🏆 The Essential Post

Sandy Mamoli (via InfoQ): How I Tried Holacracy and Lived to Tell the Tale

Sandy Mamoli shares from her successes and failures in her team’s quest to create a self-organizing organization, what worked and what didn’t.

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Agile & Scrum: Conflict Fear

Emily Ludolph (via 99u): 8 Ways to Flip Your Fear of Conflict

Emily Ludolph describes eight steps of how to stop being scared of disagreements and make them productive.

Len Lagestee: On Having the Tough Conversations

Len Lagestee shares a simple framework on how to prepare yourself — the coach — for the inevitable dreaded disputes to come.

Richard Kasperowski: Want an Awesome Team? Start With You.

Richard Kasperowski proposes the team transformation canvas—based on core protocols—to facilitate a fast individual and team boot-up.

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Product & Lean

(via Scrum.org): Stances of the Product Owner

Robbin Schuurman and Chris Lukassen created a new training class for Product Owners, detailing the path of becoming professional in their role.

John Maeda (via Fast Company): It’s time to stop designing “minimum viable products”

In this excerpt from his new book, John Maeda reveals how the increased customer expectation in new products came to be, probably leading to the demise of the MVP.

Ellen Gottesdiener: How to Make Product Decisions With Transparency and Trust

Ellen Gottesdiener points at the benefits product managers can create by creating transparency and trust with their teams.

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Nov 27–28, 2019 Sold out: PST Stefan Wolpers”>Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English) Berlin €1,499 incl. 19% VAT
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Feb 18-20, 2020 Professional Scrum Master Training + Liberating Structures (PSM I; English) Berlin €1,499 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.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

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

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