TL; DR: Probabilistic Forecasting, HiPPO Training—Food for Agile Thought #225
Food for Agile Thought’s issue #225—shared with 24,837 peers—addresses the importance of pair programming; we seek to excel at predicting the future with probabilistic forecasting, and we appreciate an outsight view on Scrum by following sticky notes.
We also point at a crucial stakeholder management competence of Product Owners and Scrum Masters; we enjoy new games and exercises for ideation purposes, and we consider making our product worse for the sake of improving it.
Lastly, we embrace the coining of decaf resistance—it is good to know that a habitual behavior in so many organizations now has a name.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
On Pair Programmingand :
Birgitta Böckeler and Nina Siessegger share their belief that pair programming is vital for collaborative teamwork and high-quality software.
Agile, Probabilistic Forecasting & Scrum
Scrum.org): Create Faster and More Accurate Forecasts using Probabilities(via
Julia Wester advocates using a statistical method to support Product Owners in making forecasts.
(via epicpeople): 📖 ´(Fr)agile objects: Thinking Scrum through Post-It Notes
Isabel Lafuente and Wilson Prata look at how Scrum is practiced, by following Post-its notes. (Access to the article requires a free account.)
(via Naomi Stanford): Decaf, pragmatic and real resistance
Naomi Stanford introduces three types of organizational resistance.
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Ozlem Yuce delves into how we can better deal with the Highest Paid Person’s Opinion (HiPPO) in our organizations.
(via IDEO U): 🎙 10 Activities To Generate Better Ideas
Brendan Boyle shares ten games and exercises to breathe life into your ideation process. (Both in writing and as a podcast.)
Experiments where you make your product worse – the most underrated product manager tool:
Oleg Yakubenkov suggests turning the order of things upside-down.
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