Food for Agile Thought #246: Reliable Predictions, Well-Done Product Discovery, Psychological Safety Framework, Good Retention

TL; DR: Reliable Predictions, Well-Done Discovery — Food for Agile Thought #246

Welcome to the 246th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,711 peers. This week, we dissect reliable predictions; we explore a new Retrospective template to analyze year-long projects, and we warm up to the idea that visual thinking makes us better coaches.

We then learn how to measure and guide our product discovery efforts; we stop believing that prioritization needs to be based on value, and we get our hands on customer-retention statistics.

Lastly, we are grateful for a new framework that makes psychological safety in the workplace more tangible.

Food for Agile Thought #246: Reliable Predictions, Well-Done Product Discovery, Psychological Safety Framework, Good Retention — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Reliable Predictions

Margaret Heffernan (via Mind The Product): Making Better Predictions

In this podcast, Margaret Heffernan examines the futility of predicting the future and what to do about it.

The problem with models is that they are incomplete, almost by definition. They are biased and they often have agendas – in other words, we are using them to sell ideas that we already have.

Remote Agile Survey — Let’s Stop Guessing, Join the Study — Age-of-Product.com

Agile & Scrum

Paulo Caroli: Final retrospective – activities and template on Mural

Paulo Caroli suggests a template for the last retrospective of a year-plus long project.

Viktor Cessan: Psychological Safety In The Workplace – An Integrative Framework

Viktor Cessan lays out a framework detailing what psychological safety is and how to create it.

Yuri Malishenko (via Medium): How visual thinking can make you a better agile coach

Yuri Malishenko believes that applying visual thinking as an agile coach can make you more professional.


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

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Product & Lean

Teresa Torres: Doing Discovery Well: How to Measure and Guide Your Team

Teresa Torres asks: If you want to improve your discovery process, what outcomes help you track your progress?

Ant Murphy (via Product Coalition): Prioritization is about Confidence, not Value

Anthony Murphy delves into the idea that prioritization needs to be based on value. What if that is no the case?

Casey Winters: What Is Good Retention: An Exhaustive Benchmark Study with Lenny Rachitsky

Casey Winters points to a comprehensive benchmark study across industries on what good retention figures are.

📯 Quo Vadis, Scrum Master: How to Deal with Remote Agile — the Results of Our Virtual Strategy Session

Last week, 30-plus participants in the 23rd Hands-on Agile meetup had a virtual strategy session where they explored Liberating Structures’ Critical Uncertainties microstructure. They identified robust and hedging strategies for Scrum Masters and agile coaches regarding the challenges of remote work and distributed agile teams.

Read on to learn more about wildest dreams, overconfident teams, and Scrum Masters to the rescue.

Results of Our Virtual Strategy Session for Scrum Masters with Liberating Structures’ Critical Uncertainties — Hands-on Agile #23

Learn more: Quo Vadis, Scrum Master: The Results of Our Virtual Strategy Session.

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💯 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
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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

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

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