Food for Agile Thought #245: Agile Well-Done, Fired by an Agile Team, Herding Stakeholders, Anxiety-Driven Product Development

TL; DR: Agile Well-Done, Fired by an Agile Team — Food for Agile Thought #245

Welcome to the 245th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,683 peers. This week, we learn about eight signs that indicate Agile well-done and how to organize a Gemba walk. Moreover, we also ask: can self-organizing teams fire teammates themselves?

We then delve into stakeholder alignment as well as eight ways to get your Product Backlog into shape without looking like an Excel sheet. We also discover hidden fears that might drive product management sub-consciously more that we want to admit.

Lastly, we come back once more to critical components of an agile friendly culture.

Food for Agile Thought #245: Agile Well-Done, Fired by an Agile Team, Herding Stakeholders, Anxiety-Driven Product Development - Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Agile Well-Done

Bob Galen (via TechBeacon): 8 ways to know when you’ve done agile well

Bob Galen lists eight rare measures of successful agile teams and organizations.

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Agile & Scrum

Zak Meziane (via InfoQ): 📺 Is Your Culture Agile-friendly Or Agile-repellent?

Zak Meziane takes an interactive journey into the critical components of an agile friendly culture.

Mike Cohn: Can Agile Teams Choose Who’s In—and Who’s Out?

Mike Cohn asks a simple question: how far does self-organization go?

(via Kanban Zone): The Gemba Walk: Identify Improvements

Kanban Zone provides a cheat sheet on a fundamental part of the Lean management philosophy.

📅 🖥 Professional Scrum Master II Online Training — June 23-26, 2020

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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 II Online Training — June 23-26, 2020

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Product & Lean

Roman Pichler: Stakeholder Management Tips for Product People

Roman Pichler reflects on herding cats—pardon: stakeholders—and how to align them for the benefit of the customers.

Ant Murphy (via Miro): 8 Different Ways to Organize Your Backlog template

Ant Murphy rightfully notes that Product Backlogs do not have to look like an Excel spreadsheet.

Andre Schweighofer: Anxiety in product development

Andre Schweighofer describes anxiety-driven development.

📯 Remote Agile (9): A Cheat Sheet for Remote Agile Event Planning

Imagine, you are supposed to facilitate a remote user-story mapping with 26 people from all over our organization. Or, think about a remote meta-level Retrospective of a recent release of your organization’s cash cow that went sideways. You may ask yourself: How am I planning for this given that participants likely have different levels of experience, and everyone needs to be included fully in the discussion? My solution to this challenge is going the extra mile regarding the remote agile event planning.

The concept I describe below is tested, proven, and modeled after my virtual Professional Scrum training classes.

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🖥 💯 June 23-26, 2020Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English; Online)Live Virtual Class €1,399 inkl. 19% VAT
🖥 💯 June 23 – July 7, 2020 Distributed Agile Masterclass (English)Live Virtual Class€199 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 💯 June 25, 2020Hands-on Agile #24: Virtual Open Space Events w/ MIT’s Unhangout (English)Live Virtual MeetupFree
🖥 💯 June 30 to July 3, 2020PSPO I Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (English; Online)Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 July 7-10, 2020Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English; Live Virtual Class)Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 19% VAT
💯 Sept 7-8, 2020Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English)Berlin€1,179 incl. 19% VAT
💯 Oct 12-13, 2020Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English)Berlin€1,499 incl. 19% VAT
💯 Oct 23–24, 2020Agile Camp Berlin 2020 (English)BerlinFrom €129 incl. 19% VAT

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #244: Agile’s State 2020, Tech Radar 2020, Fixing Remote Work, Alignment Frameworks.

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