Food for Agile Thought #229: Traumatic Agile, Measuring Transformations, Experiments at Pinterest, Absurd Design Sprints

TL; DR: Traumatic Agile, Absurd Design Sprints—Food for Agile Thought #229

Welcome to the 229th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 25,103 peers. This week, we ask whether ‘Agile’ is a reactionary movement; we delve into suitable metrics for experiments, and we learn from a bank how to become agile with 20-plus teams.

We also learn how Pinterest keeps ideas for experiments coming. Speaking of which, we gain insight into suitable experiments at Slack, and we reconsider the usefulness of Design Sprints.

Lastly, we finally have a reference to answer the obvious question: Does Google use Scrum?

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #228?

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Dorian Taylor: Agile as Trauma

Dorian Taylor wants to heal ‘Agile’ as he believes it is still a tactical, technical, and ultimately reactionary movement.

Traumatic Agile & Scrum

Andy Cleff (via Agile Velocity): Metrics in Agile: How to Effectively Measure Transformation

Andy Cleff explores healthy ways to use metrics to gain relevant insights into the outcomes of experiments.

Cesario Ramos (via AgiliX Agile Consulting): Large Dutch Bank: Our Journey Towards Agility at Scale

Cesario Ramos shares a detailed case study from a significant agile transformation, based on LeSS principles.

(via SmHarter): How large successful companies achieve agility at scale

SMHarter takes a look at how FANG companies become agile at scale.

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Product & Lean

John Egan: How Pinterest Supercharged its Growth Team With Experiment Idea Review

In this article, Jeff Chang and John Egan detail how Pinterest expects everyone to contribute quality experiment ideas.

Fareed Mosavat (via Reforge): Good Experiment, Bad Experiment

Fareed Mosavat shares his lessons learned on experiments, Ben Horowitz style.

Jeff Davidson (via The Startup): Design Sprints are Absurd

Jeff Davidson has had enough and wants us to drop Google Ventures’ brainchild.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #228: Asking Good Questions, Product Catastrophes, Agile’s Cognitive Science, Trade-offs & Debts.

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