Food for Agile Thought #237: Work From Home Is Here to Stay, OKRs & COVID-19, Innovation Frameworks, Customer Development from the Building

TL; DR: Work From Home Is Here to Stay, OKRs & COVID-19—Food for Agile Thought #237

Welcome to the 237th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,112 peers. This week, we are warming up to the idea that Work From Home is here to stay. Also, we appreciate plenty of resources on how to work as a distributed team, and we consider how to handle OKRs in a time of uncertainty.

We also dive into collaboration & conflict as a product leader; we learn how to discover customers without leaving the office, and we dare to see the crisis as an opportunity, inspecting proven innovation frameworks in the process.

Lastly, we are inspired by a set of questions true servant-leaders ask themselves every day.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #236?

Food for Agile Thought #237: Work From Home Is Here to Stay, OKRs & COVID-19, Innovation Frameworks, Customer Development from the Building - Age-of-Product.com

🏆 The Tip of the Week: Work From Home Is Here to Stay

Adam Bluestein (via Medium): Basecamp's Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson Have Waited 21 Years to Get the Rest of the World Working Remotely

Adam Bluestein’s article supports the notion that we are likely facing a paradigm shift about work and not just a brief WFH intermezzo.

Agile & Scrum

(via MURAL): #SuddenlyRemote FAQs

This is an excellent example of supportive content marketing with plenty of resources for remote work.

Felipe Castro: How to Use OKR During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Felipe Castro answers the most common concerns regarding OKRs in the current situation.

Matt Philip: Leadership-Standup Questions

Matt Philip lists seven outstanding questions that leaders should ask themselves every day—particularly in this complex and uncertain situation.

📅 🖥 Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I — A Live Virtual Class: April 27-30, 2020

This online Professional Scrum Master training is an official Scrum.org class that leads to and includes the industry-recognized PSM I certification. The training is designed as a live virtual class of 4 hours per day and will be offered in English.

Additional services for this online Professional Scrum Master training:

  • Part of this virtual PSM training is also the participation in the Remote Agile for Scrum Masters training class by appointment.
  • On request and for an additional charge of € 299 incl. 19% VAT, it is also possible to take part in a classic PSM training class.

📅 🖥 Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I — Online: April 27-30, 2020 — Berlin Product People GmbH

Learn more: 📅 🖥 Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I — Online: April 27-30, 2020.

Product & Lean

Roman Pichler (via Mind The Product): 🎙 Conversations, Conflict, and Leadership

This interview with Roman Pichler focuses on principles from his new book ‘How to Lead in Product Management.’

Steve Blank: Customer Discovery In the Time Of the Covid-19 Virus

Steve Blank describes how companies can do customer development when getting out of the building is no longer an option.

(via CB Insights): 7 Innovation Frameworks To Navigate Disruption: Apple, Netflix, Amazon, & More

CB Insights analyzes seven different ideas about innovation from some of the most prominent thinkers in business, technology, and culture.

📯 Remote Agile Anti-Patterns — Pitfalls Successful Distributed Teams Avoid

We started this series on remote agile with looking into practices and tools, followed by delving into virtual Liberating Structures, and how to master Zoom. This fourth article now addresses basic remote agile anti-patterns — the pitfalls any distributed team wants to avoid to become successful.

Remote Agile (Part 4): Anti-Patterns — Pitfalls Successful Distributed Teams Avoid — Age-of-Product.com

Read more: Remote Agile Anti-Patterns — Pitfalls Successful Distributed Teams Avoid.

📅 More Training, Workshops, and Events

Date Class and Language City Price
💯 🖥 Apr 14-16, 2020 Remote Agile Training for Scrum Masters, Product Owners, & Agile Coaches (English) Live Virtual Class €199 incl. 19% VAT
💯 🖥 Apr 21, 2020 Remote Agile: Virtual Liberating Structures (English) Live Virtual Class €29 incl. 19% VAT
💯 🖥 April 27-30, 2020 PSM I Professional Scrum Master Training (English; Online) Live Virtual Class €1,199 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 May 7, 2020 Remote Agile: Practices & Tools for Scrum Masters & Agile Coaches (English) Live Virtual Class €29 incl. 19% VAT
💯 May, 2020 Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English) Berlin €1,499 incl. 19% VAT
💯 May, 2020 Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English) Berlin €1.179 inkl. 19% VAT
🖥 May 19-21, 2020 Distributed Agile Masterclass w/ 1:1 Coaching (English) Live Virtual Class €249 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 May 25-28 2020 PSM I Professional Scrum Master Training (German; Online) Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 June 2-5, 2020 PSPO I Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (English; Online) Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 19% VAT
Oct 23–24, 2020 Agile Camp Berlin 2020 (English) Berlin From €129 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 #236: Back to Agile Roots, Zoom’s Bad Rep, Tech Mercenaries, Dealing w/ Uncertainty.

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