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.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Agile Well-Done
TechBeacon): 8 ways to know when you’ve done agile well(via
Bob Galen lists eight rare measures of successful agile teams and organizations.
Agile & Scrum
InfoQ): 📺 Is Your Culture Agile-friendly Or Agile-repellent?(via
Zak Meziane takes an interactive journey into the critical components of an agile friendly culture.
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.
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Product & Lean
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.
Miro): 8 Different Ways to Organize Your Backlog template(via
Ant Murphy rightfully notes that Product Backlogs do not have to look like an Excel spreadsheet.
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.
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