Food for Agile Thought #227: Agile Core Beliefs, Psychology of Feature Adoption, Agile Coaching Competencies, Design’s Unsexy Middle Bits

TL; DR: Agile Core Beliefs, Psychology of Feature Adoption—Food for Agile Thought #227

Welcome to the 227th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 25,021 peers. This week, we address agile core beliefs; we embrace the idea of a one-day Sprint, and we come back to agile coaching competencies.

We also learn how to move on as a product team, struggling with becoming data-informed; we explore cognitive biases in the adoption progress of new features, and we figure out how to speed up A/b tests without sacrificing accuracy.

Lastly, we appreciate the notion that we are not all designers—despite stickies, sharpie, and prototyping apps.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #226?

Food for Agile Thought #227: Agile Core Beliefs, Psychology of Feature Adoption, Agile Coaching Competencies, Design’s Unsexy Middle Bits — Age-of-Product.com

🏆 The Tip of the Week

Christina Wodtke (via Medium): Design’s Unsexy Middle Bits

Christina Wodtke rejects the idea that we are all designers, triggered by Design Thinking’s popularity.

Agile Core Beliefs & Scrum

Geoff Goodhew (via The Startup): Thinking Agile: Core Beliefs

Geoff Goodhew explores the core beliefs that underlie Agile, from the Prime Directive to Kaizen to emergence.

Robert Pieper (via Scrum.org): 📺 What is the Best Sprint Length? Can a Scrum Sprint be Just One-Day Long?

In this short video, Robert Pieper advocates giving micro-Sprints a try by breaking down problems into micro-problems.

(via InfoQ): Lessons on the Competencies of Coaching from Spotify and ICAgile

Rafiq Gemmail summarizes the learnings from two watch worthy videos on agile coaching.

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Product & Lean

John Cutler (via Amplitude): 50 Questions I Ask PMs About Data and Their Teams

John Cutler shares 50 useful conversation starters for teams who want to be more data-informed but struggle to get there.

Jonathan Senin (via Mind The Product): Overcoming Cognitive Biases That Reduce Feature Adoption

Jonathan Senin explores some of the users’ psychological reasons for rejecting your brand-new cool feature.

Oleg Yakubenkov: Why your A/B tests take longer than they should

Oleg Yakubenkov details how you can reduce the time required to get the signal on the change you are testing.

📯 20 Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns

Sprint Planning is a core event, defining how your customers’ lives will improve with the next Product Increment. Learn more on how to improve its effectiveness by avoiding 20 common Sprint Planning anti-patterns.

20 Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns — Berlin Product People GmbH

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