Food for Agile Thought #238: Software Development Culture Report, Levels of Autonomy, Impact Mapping Comparison, Distributed Discovery

TL; DR: Development Culture, Levels of Autonomy—Food for Agile Thought #238

Welcome to the 238th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,169 peers. This week, we delve into the findings of the latest Software Development Culture and Methods Report—spoiler alert: Liberating Structures are becoming something big—; we differentiate between different development levels of distributed organizations, and we learn that Zoom is safe to use despite all of the fear-mongering.

We also explore the differences between Impact Mapping and various other product frameworks; we embrace the idea that product discovery does not require a product team to be co-located, and we revisit the shift of product planning to customer-centricity.

Lastly, we applaud Dave Dame for sharing with us how he navigates the struggles of Cerebral Palsy.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #237?

Food for Agile Thought #238: Software Development Culture Report. Levels of Autonomy in Distributed Work, Impact Mapping Comparison, Distributed Product Discovery — Age-of-Product.com

🏆 The Tip of the Week: Software Development Culture Q1 2020

(via InfoQ): Software Teams and Teamwork Trends Report Q1 2020

InfoQ presents the findings of the latest Software Development Culture and Methods Report.

Agile & Scrum

Matt Mullenweg: Distributed Work’s Five Levels of Autonomy

Based on his experience, Matt Mullenweg details how distributed companies evolve.

David Dame (via TED Talks): 📺 Sprinting with Cerebral Palsy

An inspiring TED talk of my fellow PST David Dame on how to navigate the struggles of CP with grit and grace, becoming a thought leader in the process.

Rowan Trollope (via Medium): Beyond the noise — 7 reasons it’s safe to run Zoom – Rowan Trollope – Medium

Rowan Trollope summarizes the top seven facts about Zoom security.

📅 🖥 Online Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I: May 25-28, 2020

This guaranteed 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 German.

Additional services for this online Professional Scrum Master training:

  • Part of this virtual PSM training is also the free participation in the Distributed Agile Masterclass for Scrum Masters, Product Owners, and agile coaches 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: May 25-28, 2020 — Berlin Product People GmbH

Learn more: 📅 🖥 Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I — Online: May 25-28, 2020.

Product & Lean

Tim Herbig: The Difference between Impact Mapping and…

Tim Herbig compares Impact Mapping to #JTBD, #NorthStar, #OST, and #OKR.

Marty Cagan: Discovery When Working Remotely

Marty Cagan addresses the question of how to succeed at product discovery when a product team is no longer co-located.

(via Amplitude): Sustainable Product Strategy: How to Move from Outputs to Outcomes

Inessa Lurye explains her approach to shifting product planning to focus on customer-centricity.

📯 Remote Agile (Part 5): Retrospectives with Distributed Teams

We started this series on remote agile with looking into practices and tools, followed by exploring virtual Liberating Structures, how to master Zoom as well as common remote agile anti-patterns. This fifth article now dives into organizing a remote Retrospective with a distributed team: practices, tools, and lessons learned.

Remote Retrospective with a Distributed Team — Remote Agile (Part 5) — Age-of-Product.com

Read more: Remote Agile (Part 5): Retrospectives with Distributed Teams.

📅 More Training, Workshops, and Events

DateClass and LanguageCityPrice
💯 🖥 Apr 21, 2020Remote Agile: Virtual Liberating Structures (English)Live Virtual Class€29 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 April 27-30, 2020PSM I Professional Scrum Master Training (English; Online)Live Virtual Class€1,199 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 May 7, 2020Remote Agile: Practices & Tools for Scrum Masters & Agile Coaches (English)Live Virtual Class€29 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 May 19 – June 2, 2020Distributed Agile Masterclass (English)Live Virtual Class€199 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 May 25-28 2020PSM I Professional Scrum Master Training (German; Online) Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 June 2-5, 2020PSPO I Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (English; Online) Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 19% VAT
💯 June, 2020Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English)Berlin€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
💯 June, 2020Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English)Berlin€1.179 inkl. 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

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

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

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