Food for Agile Thought #221: Flow Thinking, Trust Building, North Star Playbook, Prediction & Planning

TL; DR: Flow Thinking, Trust Building, North Star Playbook, Prediction & Planning — Food for Agile Thought #221

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #221—shared with 24,513 peers—addresses the evolution of flow thinking; we delve into visualizing of forecasts, OKR, and non-static roadmaps, and we learn how to build professional trust in the workspace.

We also appreciate a new guide on north star metrics; we face our industry’s dismal track record regarding dealing with uncertainty, and we agree on that product strategies shouldn’t be executed blindly, but inspected and adapted like all the rest.

Lastly, we thank Allan Holub for voicing the obvious: when teamwork becomes the new standard, HR techniques from the Roaring Twenties need to be ditched.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #220?

Food for Agile Thought #221: Flow Thinking, Trust Building, North Star Playbook, Prediction & Planning

🏆 The Essential Post: Flow Thinking

Nigel Thurlow (via InfoQ): The Evolution of Lean Thinking – Transitioning from Lean Thinking to FLOW Thinking

Nigel Thurlow elaborates on the requirements of achieving flow, thus making customer-centricity a reality.

📅 Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I + Liberating Structures — Berlin, February 18-20, 2020

This extended PSM class adds a third day to the Professional Scrum Master training that focuses on the application of Liberating Structures to Scrum Events such as the Sprint Retrospective or the Sprint Review — to apply the PSM training immediately to practical problems. The class will be offered in English. You can book your ticket right here:

Learn more: 📅 Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I + Liberating Structures — Berlin, February 18-20, 2020.

Agile & Scrum

Jimmy Janlén (via Crisp): Make OKRs and Forecasts come alive!

Jimmy Janlén provides examples of visualizations of forecasts and non-static roadmaps.

Esther Derby: Six Ways to Build Trust

Esther Derby lists six ways on how to build professional trust in the workspace.

Allen Holub: Individual Performance Appraisals, Just Say No!

Allen Holub advocates dumping individual performance reviews entirely.

📯 Scrum Master Anti-Patterns — 20 Signs Your Scrum Master Needs Help

Scrum Master anti-patterns: The reasons why Scrum Masters violate the spirit of the Scrum Guide are multi-faceted. They run from ill-suited personal traits and the pursuit of individual agendas to frustration with the team itself.

Read on and learn in this post on Scrum anti-patterns how you can identify if your Scrum Master needs support from the team.

Scrum Master Anti-Patterns — 20 Signs Your Scrum Master Needs Help

Learn more: Scrum Master Anti-Patterns — 20 Signs Your Scrum Master Needs Help.

Product & Lean

John Cutler (via Amplitude): The North Star Playbook

John Cutler and the Amplitude team created a free guide to discovering your product’s North Star.

(via InfoQ): On Uncertainty, Prediction, and Planning

J. Meadows delves into our industry’s dismal track record regarding predicting and planning in the face of uncertainty.

Roman Pichler: Tips for Effective Product Strategy Reviews

Roman Pichler points at the necessity to regularly review and adjust product strategy instead of blindly executing it.

📅 More Training, Workshops, and Events

DateClass and LanguageCityPrice
Dec 10-11, 2019Sold out: Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German)Berlin€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
Feb 18-20, 2020Professional Scrum Master Training + Liberating Structures (PSM I; English)Berlin€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
Mar 3-4, 2020Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German)Hamburg€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
Mar 10–11, 2020Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English)Frankfurt/Main€1,499 incl. 19% VAT.
Mar 24–25, 2020Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English)Berlin€1,699 incl. 19% VAT.
Apr 17–18, 2020Agile Camp Berlin — Berlin, April 17-18, 2020 (English)BerlinFrom € 129 incl. 19% VAT.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #220: Taylorism & Agile, Kick-Start Self-Organization, Product vs. Company Strategy, PM Time Allocation.

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