Food for Agile Thought #249: Ruinous Scrum, Losing Out to SAFe, Sarah Cooper’s Product Discovery, Lying to Customers

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.

Food for Agile Thought #249: Ruinous Scrum, Losing Out to SAFe, Sarah Cooper’s Product Discovery, Lying to Customers — Age-of-Product.com

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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.

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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.

Bob Sutton (via IDEO U): 🎙 How Great Leaders Set the Tempo of Change

In this interview, Bob Sutton reflects on change and identifying pockets of excellence.

Jeff Bubolz (via Agile Alliance): A 6 Month Cultural Transformation with Scrum

Jeff Bubolz and Laura Henderson share their lessons learned from an ambitious change project.

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Product & Lean

Sarah Cooper and Trung Phan: 😂 Sarah Cooper’s 10,000 Hours

Trung Phan delves into the journey of Sarah Cooper and her approach to product discovery as a comedian.

Rich Mironov: Lying To Customers

Rich Mironov elaborates on his narrow, somewhat puritanical view about product manager conversations.

Christina Wodtke: 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.

Using Unhangout to Host a Virtual Barcamp or Open Space — Hands-on Agile #24 — Age-of-Product.com

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.

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🖥 💯 August 20, 2020Virtual Ecocyle Planning with Mural (English)Hands-on Agile #25Free
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💯 Sept 7-8, 2020Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English)Berlin€1,179 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 September 21-24, 2020Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English; Live Virtual Class)Live Virtual Class €1.199 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 #248: Large Scale Agility, Silos & Politics, Beyond Product-Market Fit, The Art of Innovation.

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