Food for Agile Thought #233: Staying Calm in Charged Situations, Organizational Silos, WFH Quality Time, Escaping The Build Trap

TL; DR: Organizational Silos, Staying Calm—Food for Agile Thought #233

Welcome to the 233rd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 25,738 peers. This week, we delve into mental models that support decision making in heated situations; we examine how organizational silos emerge and how to take a shot at them, and we embrace a comprehensive analysis of the ‘right’ size of a Scrum team.

We then applaud an epic book-club facilitation guide covering Melissa Perri’s ‘Escaping The Build Trap’ book; we get a better understanding of how we can turn WFH time into quality time from a product management perspective, and we tackle six common product leadership challenges.

Lastly, we take another step towards organizational agility by understanding the importance of multi-functional learning for your team members.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #232?

Food for Agile Thought #233: Staying Calm in Charged Situations, Organizational Silos, WFH Quality Time, Escaping The Build Trap

🏆 The Tip of the Week

Shane Parrish (via Farnam Street): Using Models to Stay Calm in Charged Situations

Shane Parrish shares various mental models to support us in making the right decisions in controversial situations.

Agile, Organizational Silos & Scrum

Len Lagestee: How Organizational Silos Form

Len Lagestee gets to the bottom of what organizational silos are, how they form, and how to remove them.

Ilia Pavlichenko (via Multi-Functional Learning is the Heart of Agility

Ilia Pavlichenko points at why the development of multi-functional specialists within your teams is the route to organizational agility.

Mark Levison: What is the Recommended Scrum Team Size?

Mark Levison explores the research and shares his personal experiences about a practical Scrum team size.

📅 Remote Agile: Live Virtual Class on March 26, 2020: Tips, Tricks & Tools for Scrum Masters & Agile Coaches

Agile has always been about colocation, about direct communication, physical boards, and all the other haptic and analog moments to create value in the digital realm. For the first time, though, with the SARS-CoV-2 causing havoc in our communities resulting in the work-from-home trend, this mental model is challenged, and remote Agile becomes a contender. To ease the entry into this new world, the webinar “Remote Agile” addresses tips, tricks, and tools for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Product Owners on how to facilitate agile events effectively.

This live virtual class will be in English, and you can book your seat right here:

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Looking for a different date? Back to the training schedule for the Advanced Scrum Master Training (PSM II).

Learn more: 📅 Remote Agile: Tips, Tricks & Tools for Scrum Masters & Agile Coaches — Webinar, March 19, 2020, 4-6 pm CET.

Product & Lean

Marty Cagan: Working From Home

Marty Cagan shares ten suggestions on how to use #WFH to find quality time for the most essential yet most time-consuming aspects of a product manager’s job.

Viktor Cessan: Escaping The Build Trap – Book Club Facilitation Guide

This is another epic contribution from Viktor Cessan—a complete guide to Melissa Perri’s ‘Escaping The Build Trap’ book.

Roman Pichler: How to Overcome 6 Key Product Leadership Challenges

Roman Pichler advises on how product managers and Product Owners can address and overcome six leadership challenges from lacking transactional power to guiding self-organizing teams.

📯 Development Team Anti-Patterns

After covering the Scrum Master and the Product Owner, this article addresses Development Team anti-patterns, covering all Scrum Events as well as the Product Backlog artifact. Learn more about what to look out for if you want to support your fellow teammates.

Development Team Anti-Patterns —

Read more: Development Team Anti-Patterns.

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💯 Mar 24–25, 2020Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English)Berlin€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
💯 April 7-8, 2020Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English)Berlin€1.179 inkl. 19% VAT
SOLD OUT: Apr 17–18, 2020Agile Camp Berlin 2020 (English)BerlinFrom €129 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 May 18–21, 2020Official Online Training: Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German)🏫 Live Virtual Class€999 incl. 19% VAT

See all upcoming classes here. Professional Scrum Training by PST Stefan Wolpers, Berlin  Product People

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #232: Agile’s Demise, Big Scale Digital Transformations, Data-Drivenness Perils, Ultimate Testing Framework.

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