TL; DR: Asking Good Questions, Trade-offs & Debts—Food for Agile Thought #228
Welcome to the 228th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 25,103 peers. This week, we delve into asking good questions, thus overcoming assumptions; we learn more about the cognitive science behind ‘Agile,’ and we cautiously check SAFe again.
We gain insight into how to handle product
failures catastrophes; we reflect whether trade-offs are worth the costs. Also, we come back to defining what a product is, focusing on its two critical elements.
Lastly, we appreciate an excursion into psychological safety—from its origins to pioneering its application.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
Strategyzer): The Art of Asking Good Questions with The Language Compass(via
Stefano Mastrogiacomo points at the importance of making fewer assumptions but focusing on facts and shares the Language Compass canvas for download.
The Language Compass helps avoid escalations by suggesting a set of neutral questions that help inquire and understand the first-order realities (facts) hidden behind unproductive second-order statements (assumptions).
Agile, Scrum & Asking Good Questions
Scrum.org): Thinking By Sprinting: What Cognitive Science Tells Us About Why Scrum Works(via
Christiaan Verwijs argues that our cognitive abilities are limited, which is why empirical approaches are likely to outperform analytical plans such as ‘waterfall.’
Corporate Rebels): Psychological Safety: How Pioneers Create Engaged Workforces(via
Joost Minnaar delves into the psychological safety—from history to practical examples of organizations where ‘failure’ is an option.
(via InfoQ): 📺 Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe): Bloated Bureaucracy or an Enabler for Business Agility?
Almudena Rodriguez Pardo takes a closer look at various scaling frameworks and defines what SAFe is and what it is not, and why SAFe is dividing the agile community.
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Product & Lean
Product catastrophe: The top four scenarios and how to deal with them:
Joe Leech shares the most common product failure situations, the symptoms, causes, and what to do to both before and after it goes wrong.
ProdPad): Decisions, Debt, and other Dilemmas(via
Janna Bastow reflects on making trade-offs, which often also means taking on tech debt, design debt, and other types of debt.
Define a Product:
Stephanie Ockerman points at the two critical things that help you define your product: ‘Done’ and customer value.
📯 31+2 Product Owner Anti-Patterns
If you are working as a Product Owner, there is—very likely—room for improvement. This list of some of the most common Product Owner anti-patterns might be a starting point.
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