TL; DR: Ruinous Scrum, Losing Out to SAFe — Food for Agile Thought #249
Welcome to the 249th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,763 peers. This week, we analyze the ruinous Scrum claim of some developers; we empathize with a failed attempt to avoid SAFe, and we learn about the success of an ambitious change project with Scrum.
We then delve into the journey of Sarah Cooper and her approach to product discovery as a comedian; we reassure our belief that lying to customers is unacceptable, and we analyze five critical success criteria of Design Thinking.
Lastly, we thank Bob Sutton for an interview on change and identifying pockets of excellence.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Ruinous Scrum
(via Stack Overflow): Does scrum ruin great engineers or are you doing it wrong?
Stack Overflow picks up a thread of its software engineering site with a bold claim.
Agile & Scrum
(via Mind The Product): Why we Fought SAFe and how we Lost
Stephen Culligan shares an honest and humorous tale of a ‘failed’ attempt to take on SAFe.
IDEO U): 🎙 How Great Leaders Set the Tempo of Change(via
In this interview, Bob Sutton reflects on change and identifying pockets of excellence.
Agile Alliance): A 6 Month Cultural Transformation with Scrum(via
Jeff Bubolz and Laura Henderson share their lessons learned from an ambitious change project.
📅 🖥 💯 🇩🇪 Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I — Online: July 15-16, 2020
This guaranteed Professional Scrum Product 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. 16% VAT, it is also possible to take part in a classic face-to-face PSM training class.
Learn more: 📅 🖥 💯 🇩🇪 Professional Scrum Master Live Virtual Class: July 15-16, 2020.
Product & Lean
😂 Sarah Cooper’s 10,000 Hoursand :
Trung Phan delves into the journey of Sarah Cooper and her approach to product discovery as a comedian.
Lying To Customers:
Rich Mironov elaborates on his narrow, somewhat puritanical view about product manager conversations.
Five Habits of Design Thinking:
Christina Wodtke analyzes five critical success criteria of Design Thinking.
📯 Using Unhangout to Host a Virtual Barcamp or Open Space — Hands-on Agile #24
Last week, 30-plus attendees of the 24th Hands-on Agile meetup ran a virtual Barcamp experiment w/ MIT’s Unhangout, an open-source platform for organizing attendee-driven virtual open space events.
Read on and learn whether Unhangout is a suitable solution to remote collaboration challenges: Using Unhangout to Host a Virtual Barcamp or Open Space — Hands-on Agile #24.
📅 More Training, Workshops, and Events
|Date||Class and Language||City||Price|
|🖥 💯 July 7-10, 2020||SOLD OUT: Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English; Live Virtual Class)||Live Virtual Class||€1.199 incl. 19% VAT|
|🖥 💯 July 15-16, 2020||Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German; Live Virtual Class)||Live Virtual Class||€1.299 incl. 19% VAT|
|🖥 💯 August 18 – September 1, 2020||Distributed Agile Masterclass (English)||Live Virtual Class||€199 incl. 19% VAT|
|🖥 💯 August 20, 2020||Virtual Ecocyle Planning with Mural (English)||Hands-on Agile #25||Free|
|🖥 August 25-28, 2020||Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German; Live Virtual Class)||Live Virtual Class||€1.199 incl. 19% VAT|
|💯 Sept 7-8, 2020||Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English)||Berlin||€1,179 incl. 19% VAT|
|🖥 September 21-24, 2020||Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English; Live Virtual Class)||Live Virtual Class||€1.199 incl. 19% VAT|
|💯 Oct 12-13, 2020||Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English)||Berlin||€1,499 incl. 19% VAT|
|💯 Oct 23–24, 2020||Agile Camp Berlin 2020 (English)||Berlin||From €129 incl. 19% VAT|
You can book your seat for the training directly by following the corresponding links to the ticket shop. If the procurement process of your organization requires a different purchasing process, please contact Berlin Product People GmbH directly.
📺 Join 2,300-plus Agile Peers on Youtube
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- 🆕 Remote Agile (1) Replay: Practices and Tools for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Product Owners.
- Scrum Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns.
- Scrum Master Anti-Patterns.
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