TL; DR: Fake Agile, Social Systems — Food for Agile Thought #257
Welcome to the 257th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 26,957 peers. This week, we delve into fake Agile; we revisit the discussion on whether it is beneficial to estimate agile projects and listen to tips & tricks on how to stay united when distributed as a team.
We then turn to fundamental prioritization issues; we follow a live validation of a business idea by the two leading experts of this subject and pick up a few tricks from a recognized product mensch.
Lastly, we applaud Christiaan for his in-depth overview of social systems and the change question.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
The Liberators): In-Depth: What a Social Systems Perspective Teaches us About Change(via
Christiaan Verwijs shares an overview of scientific research on change and how science puts people at the center.
Fake Agile & Scrum
Estimating Agile Projects… Or Not:
Mike Griffiths summarizes the debate about the use and value of estimates on agile projects.
Enterprisers Project): How to spot an agile faker(via
Jen Krieger reflects on the impact of fake agile practices.
Mark Kilby: How to stay together in a distributed teamand :
In this episode, Richard interviews Mark Kilby, a coach, and mentor to distributed teams.
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Product & Lean
Basic Prioritization Questions (and When to Converge on a Solution):
John Cutler addresses a typical product puzzle: How much of a solution should you create before starting an effort?
First Round Capital): This VP is Doing Things Differently in the Product Org — Here’s His Playbook(via
This portrait of Tyler Hogge focusses on his idea of the main goal that product folks menschen accomplish and how to achieve it in practice.
Strategyzer): How To Get From Big Idea To A Validated Business Case: An Overview Of The Testing Processand (via
Testing Business Ideas co-authors — Alex Osterwalder and David J. Bland — work on a real case study streaming to a live audience.
📯 Agile Metrics — The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Suitable agile metrics reflect either a team’s progress in becoming agile or your organization’s progress in becoming a learning organization.
At the team level, qualitative agile metrics often work better than quantitative metrics. At the organizational level, this is reversed: quantitative agile metrics provide better insights than qualitative ones.
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