Food for Agile Thought #226: Agile Coaching, Swarming, Backlog Bankruptcy, PM Sanity Test

TL; DR: Agile Coaching, Swarming—Food for Agile Thought #226

Welcome to the 226th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 24,842 peers. This week, we address the state of agile coaching; we learn more about swarming for teams, and we go back in time to the origins of Scrum.

We also come back to the pitfalls of achieving product/market-fit; we declare backlog bankruptcy, and we check a mental model to assess whether a group of product managers is capable of handling their job.

Lastly, we embrace some unique cognitive human traits that will distinguish us from machines for all eternity. Hopefully.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #225?

Food for Agile Thought #226: Agile Coaching, Swarming, Backlog Bankruptcy, PM Sanity Test — Age-of-Product.com

🏆 The Tip of the Week

Shane Hastie (via Agile Alliance): 📺 The Golden Age of Agile Coaching

Shane Hastie reflects on the role of the agile coach—from misunderstandings to skills and competencies.

Agile Coaching & Scrum

Jeff Sutherland (via Scrum Inc): Swarming: How To Instantly Boost Your Scrum Team’s Productivity

Jeff Sutherland advocates that swarming is a simple but often overlooked way to boost the velocity of any Scrum Team immediately.

(via ScrumDesk): The History of Scrum: How, when and WHY

In this article, Veronika Lobellova delves into the creation of Scrum back in the 1980ies.

Harold Jarche: working smarter

Harold Jarche points at the long-term skills can help us connect with our fellow humans to learn and innovate.

📅 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.

For those who are interested in applying Liberating Structures as a Scrum Master, we made only the third day of the training class available.

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

Product & Lean

Janna Bastow (via ProdPad): Finding Product/Market fit – Janna Bastow's ProductTank talk, London 2020

Janna Bastow talks about the journey to finding Product/Market Fit: What to look for, how to measure it, and how not to be fooled along the way.

Dan Grover: A Sanity Test For Large Groups of PMs

Dan Grover shares a mental model that he uses when considering joining a large group of PMs to check if they have it together.

Jim Semick (via ProductPlan): Backlog Bankruptcy: When Is It Time to Press Delete?

Jim Semick advocates for ruthless prioritizing and limiting on what is allowed into the Product Backlog.

📯 Product Mindset and Ownership in Scrum Teams

There is one product, one Product Owner, one Product Backlog — a simple rule. How is that supposed to scale, you might ask, isn’t that approach turning the Product Owner into the Scrum team’s bottleneck, impeding value creation rather than spearheading it? Well, cargo cult Scrum might end up in that dead-end. The trick to avoiding this fate is to start including the Development Team as early as possible in Product Backlog management which requires a product mindset.

Product Mindset: Encouraging Ownership in a Scrum Team — Age-of-Product.com

Learn more about how to kick-off this process with an initial day-long product mindset workshop for your Scrum team.

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💯 Feb 18-20, 2020Professional Scrum Master Training + Liberating Structures (PSM I; English)Berlin€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
💯 Feb 20, 2020Liberating Structures Scrum Master Training (English)Berlin€190 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.
May 12–13, 2020Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English)Frankfurt/Main€1,499 incl. 19% VAT.
May 18–19, 2020Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German)Berlin€1,499 incl. 19% VAT

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