Food for Agile Thought #235: Future Remote Work, Cynefin 2020, Your Family Is not a Scrum Team, Escape from the Feature Factory

TL; DR: Future Remote Work, Cynefin 2020—Food for Agile Thought #235

Welcome to the 235th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 25,918 peers. This week, we delve into future remote work; we check the latest Cynefin iteration, and we go myth-busting regarding #NoEstimates.

We also learn how to improve our career opportunities as a product mensch; John Cutler shows us the way to escape from the fate of a feature factory worker, and we have a look at the dark side of the management consulting complex.

Lastly, we explore how to apply ‘Agile’ to homeschooling; guess what: You cannot turn your family into a Scrum team.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #234?

Food for Agile Thought #235: Future Remote Work, Cynefin 2020, Your Family Is not a Scrum Team, Escape from the Feature Factory — Age-of-Product.com

🏆 The Tip of the Week: Future Remote Work

Sam Harris and Matt Mullenweg: Making Sense Podcast #194 – The New Future of Work

Future Remote Work: Sam Harris interviews Matt Mullenweg, who shows ways out of fallacy that knowledge work has to be delivered from an office.

Agile & Scrum

Chris Corrigan: A tour around the latest Cynefin iteration

Chris Corrigan introduces us to the 2020 iteration of the Cynefin; there seems to be more change than merely the tailfins.

Marc Löffler and Vasco Duarte: 🎙 #NoEstimates explained – An interview with Vasco Duarte

In this podcast, Marc Löffler and Vasco Duarte talk about #NoEstimates and all the myths that are around.

Richard Lawrence (via Agile For All): Lessons from 14 Years of Agile Homeschooling for Families Suddenly in the Middle of It

Richard Lawrence reflects on agile homeschooling, starting with the fact that your family is not a Scrum team.

📅 Remote Agile: Live Virtual Class on April 2, 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

John Cutler (via Amplitude): 📺 8 Ways to Focus your Product Team on Impact, Not Features

In this webinar replay, John Cutler shows eight escape routes from the feature factory.

Melissa Perri (via Mind The Product): 📺 The Product of You

In this talk, Melissa Perri describes how to invest in ‘the product of you’ to further your career.

(via McKinsey & Company): Enterprise agility: Buzz or business impact?

The dark side is changing its tone: “Enterprise agility was desirable and is now becoming essential.”


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📯 Remote Agile (Part 2): Virtual Liberating Structures

Last week, we addressed basic practices and tools of remote agile with distributed teams. Based on that article, I also ran a live virtual class, the recording of which will be made available soon on the Age-of-Product’s Youtube channel. This follow-up post now delves into virtual Liberating Structures, answering the question of how we can make use of the powerful toolbox of inclusive and collaborative practices in a remote setting.

Remote Agile (Part 2): Virtual Liberating Structures — Age-of-Product.com

Read more: Remote Agile (Part 2): Virtual Liberating Structures.

📅 More Training, Workshops, and Events

DateClass and LanguageCityPrice
💯 🖥 Apr 2, 2020Remote Agile: Practices & Tools for Scrum Masters & Agile Coaches (English)Live Virtual Class€29 incl. 19% VAT
💯 🖥 Apr 6, 2020Remote Agile: Virtual Liberating Structures (English)Live Virtual Class€29 incl. 19% VAT
💯 🖥 Apr 8, 2020Remote Agile: Practices & Tools for Scrum Masters & Agile Coaches (English)Live Virtual Class€29 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 Apr 14-16, 2020Remote Agile Training for Scrum Masters, Product Owners, & Agile Coaches (English)Live Virtual Class€199 incl. 19% VAT
💯 🖥 Apr 21, 2020Remote Agile: Virtual Liberating Structures (English)Live Virtual Class€29 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 April 27-30, 2020Official Scrum.org Online Training: Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English)Live Virtual Class€1,199 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€1,199 incl. 19% VAT
Oct 23–24, 2020Agile Camp Berlin 2020 (English)BerlinFrom €129 incl. 19% VAT

See all upcoming classes here.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

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

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