Food for Agile Thought #234: The Distributed Agile Team, Remote Agile, Disagreement & Conflict, Downtimes Are Good for Disruption

TL; DR: The Distributed Agile Team, Remote Agile—Food for Agile Thought #234

Welcome to the 234th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 25,852 peers. This week, we gain insight into what drives the performance of a distributed agile team; we address disagreement in the time of remote work, and we identify seven ways to improve the level of psychological safety.

We also dare to see an advantage in a downturn; we embrace the magic of conflict for the benefit of the customers, and we download a free, 100-page preview of Mr. Business Model Canvas’ latest book.

Lastly, we explore three key leadership disciplines for distributed agile organizations.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #233?

Food for Agile Thought #234: The Distributed Agile Team, Remote Agile, Disagreement & Conflict, Downtimes Are Good for Disruption — Age-of-Product.com

🏆 The Tip of the Week

Lisette Sutherland (via InfoQ): 📺 How to Be a High Performing Distributed Agile Team

Lisette Sutherland explores how distributed organizations collaborate seamlessly at a distance.

Agile & Scrum

Matt Bowers (via Zapier): Why remote work makes disagreement hard—and how to do it anyway

Matt Bowers reflects on the challenges WFH imposes on disagreement among teammates.

Gustavo Razzetti (via The Startup): 7 Ways to Promote Psychological Safety In Your Organization

Gustavo Razzetti suggests seven principles to improve psychological safety in a time when remote work becomes a necessity.

Mark Kilby (via InfoQ): 📺 3 Disciplines for Leading a Distributed Agile Organization

Mark Kilby explores three key leadership disciplines: manage change through experimentation, amplify communication and collaboration, and focus on principles over practices.

📅 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 live virtual class “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:

Terms and conditions apply.

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.

Product & Lean

Jesse Nieminen (via InnovationExcellence): When tough times are ahead, you should double down on innovation

Jesse Nieminen points at an opportunity: Downturns are prime territory for disruption.

Shaun Russell (via Mind The Product): The Magic in Conflict by Shaun Russell

In this keynote, Shaun Russell explains why product folks need to embrace conflict for the benefit of everyone.

Alex Osterwalder (via Strategyzer): 📖 The Invincible Company

Free preview: Download 100 pages of Alex Osterwalder’s new book.

📯 Remote Agile (Part 1): Practices & Tools for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Product Owners

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. As a Professional Scrum Trainer, I strive to provide training classes without using PowerPoint or digital devices. Moreover, admittedly, I love index cards. However, times are changing. So, let’s dive into the particularities of practicing remote Agile with distributed teams.

Remote Agile (Part 1): Practices & Tools for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Product Owners — Age-of-Product.com

Read more: Remote Agile: Practices & Tools for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Product Owners.

📅 More Training, Workshops, and Events

DateClass and LanguageCityPrice
🖥 Mar 26, 2020Remote Agile: Tips, Tricks & Tools for Scrum Masters & Agile Coaches (English)🏫 Live Virtual Class€29 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 Mar 31, 2020Remote Agile: Virtual Liberating Structures (English)🏫 Live Virtual Class€29 incl. 19% VAT
💯 May, 2020Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English)Berlin€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
💯 May, 2020Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English)Berlin€1.179 inkl. 19% VAT
🖥 May 18–21, 2020Official Scrum.org Online Training: Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German)🏫 Live Virtual Class€999 incl. 19% VAT
Oct 23–24, 2020Agile Camp Berlin 2020 (English)BerlinFrom €129 incl. 19% VAT

See all upcoming classes here.

Professional Scrum Training by PST Stefan Wolpers, Berlin Product People

You can book your seat for the training directly by following the corresponding links to the ticket shop. If the procurement process of your organization requires a different purchasing process, please contact Berlin Product People GmbH directly.


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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

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

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