TL; DR: Accurate Estimates, Remote Productivity—Food for Agile Thought #240
Welcome to the 240th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,317 peers. This week, we revisit the fallacy of accurate estimates; we delve into a study revealing massive increases in the cycle and release time metrics of development teams since going remote, and we enjoy a view at a different world of agile testing and quality.
We also learn about product management by nagging; we tackle feature request handling, and we analyze the essence of a decent Sprint Goal.
Lastly, we check the latest recommendations of the Dark Side of Agile; this time, they can ensure the productivity of your now remote workers. (Won’t we all want to be that confident?)
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Accurate Estimates
If Estimates Were Accurate, We'd Call Them Actuals:
Rob Wortham goes back to an old-time favorite of the agile community—estimating and estimates.
Agile & Scrum
DZone): Productivity Data From 50 Dev Teams(via
Ori Keren presents survey data on the change in performance of 50 now remote development teams.
The defect funnel – systematically working towards high quality:
Michael Küsters takes a look at the ideal world of agile testing and quality.
(via McKinsey & Company): Revisiting agile teams after an abrupt shift to remote
Low and Behold, the Dark Side is also competent about how to ‘ensure’ that your knowledge workers are ‘effective now that COVID-19 has forced them to work remotely.’
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Product & Lean
The Nag Metric: You got what you wanted… but at what cost?:
As a product mensch, Julie Zhuo reflects on feeling pestered to do something, versus feeling free to make that choice.
Tackling Enterprise Customer Requests:
Sean Sullivan shares his approach on how to deal with “feature suggestions” from enterprise clients.
The Liberators): Examples Of Real Sprint Goals(via
Christiaan Verwijs analyzes how to create useful Sprint Goals.
📯 Remote Agile (Part 7): Sprint Review with Distributed Teams
We started this series on remote agile with looking into practices and tools; we explored virtual Liberating Structures, and how to master Zoom. We had a look at common remote agile anti-patterns, and we analyzed remote Retrospectives and Sprint Plannings based on Liberating Structures. This seventh article now looks into organizing a remote Sprint Review with a distributed team: How to practice the review with virtual Liberating Structures, including and giving a voice to team members, stakeholders, and customers.
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