Food for Agile Thought #259: Fully Remote Teams, Benevolent Dictators, Testing Business Ideas, Lean Risk Mitigation

TL; DR: Fully Remote Teams, Benevolent Dictators — Food for Agile Thought #259

Welcome to the 259th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 27,128 peers. This week, we have a glimpse at the world of fully remote teams. We also derisk projects with pre-mortems, and we learn about decision making and benevolent dictators.

We then embrace the testing of business ideas; we discover a lean approach to risk mitigation, and we learn about one startup’s path to product/market-fit.

Lastly, we are grateful for a workshop planning canvas to support our facilitation efforts.

Food for Agile Thought #259: Fully Remote Teams, Benevolent Dictators, Testing Business Ideas, Lean Risk Mitigation — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Fully Remote Teams

(via Fast Company): GitLab’s radical vision for the future of remote work

Fast Company believes that the world’s largest all-remote company offers a glimpse into the future of work.

Join the Virtual Agile Camp Berlin 2020 Now — October 22-24, 2020

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Agile & Scrum

Mike Cohn: Project pre-mortem: How-to guide for preventing problems

Mike Cohn describes a TRIZ-like approach to risk mitigation by figuring out in advance what can go wrong.

(via Stack Overflow): Open source governance: Benevolent dictator or decision by committee?

Ryan Donovan analyzes the options of how to manage an open-source software project. A good read for Scrum Master and Product Owners, too.

Ellen Gottesdiener (via Medium): Workshop by Design Canvas: Making Collaboration Work

Ellen Gottesdiener advocates that creating a healthy product community is best achieved with facilitated workshops.

📅 🖥 🇬🇧 Professional Scrum Product Owner Training — Online: September 29 to October 2, 2020

This Professional Scrum Product Owner training is an official Scrum.org class that leads to and includes the industry-recognized PSPO I certification. The PSPO training class is designed as a live virtual class of 4 h per day from 9 to 13 o’clock CEST and will be offered in English.

📅 🖥 Professional Scrum Product Owner Training — Online: September 29 to October 2, 2020 — Berlin Product People GmbH

Learn more: 📅 🖥 🇬🇧 Professional Scrum Product Owner Training — Online: September 29 to October 2, 2020.

Product & Lean

David J Bland (via Mind The Product): 📺 Testing Business Ideas

In this video, David J Bland speaks about his process of writing his book ‘Testing Business Ideas.’ Of course, he tested the content of the book as he was writing it.

Itamar Gilad: A Lean Approach to Opportunities and Threats

Itamar Gilad delves into how to avoid missing out on product opportunities.

Rahul Vohra (via First Round Capital): 🎙 How Superhuman Built an Engine to Find Product/Market Fit

Rahul Vohra shares the story of how his startup managed to create a product their customers love.

📯 Agile Management Anti-Patterns — An Introduction for Aspiring Servant Leaders

Learn more about agile management anti-patterns the aspiring servant leader should avoid during the organization’s transition: From applying the Stage-Gate® approach through the back door to the ‘where is my report’ attitude to other beloved signs of applied Taylorism.

Agile Management Anti-Patterns: An Introduction for the Aspiring Servant Leader — Age-of-Product.com

Read more: Agile Management Anti-Patterns — An Introduction for Aspiring Servant Leaders.

📅 More Training, Workshops, and Events

DateClass and LanguageCityPrice
🖥 💯 🇬🇧 September 29 to Oct 2, 2020GUARANTEED: PSPO I Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (English; Online)Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 16% VAT
🖥 💯 🇩🇪 October 6-9, 2020GUARANTEED: PSPO I Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (German; Online)Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 16% VAT
🖥 💯 🇬🇧 Oct 22–24, 2020GUARANTEED: Virtual Agile Camp Berlin 2020 (English)Berlin€29 incl. 16% VAT
🖥 💯 🇩🇪 October 27-30, 2020GUARANTEED: Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German; Live Virtual Class)Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 16% VAT
🖥 💯 🇬🇧 November 3-6, 2020GUARANTEED: Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English; Live Virtual Class)Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 16% VAT
🖥 🇬🇧 November 10-13, 2020Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English; Live Virtual Class)Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 16% VAT
🖥 🇩🇪 November 17-20, 2020Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (PSPO I; German; Live Virtual Class)Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 16% VAT
🖥 🇬🇧 November 24-27, 2020Professional Scrum Product Owner Training (PSPO I; English; Live Virtual Class)Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 16% VAT
🇬🇧 December 15-16, 2020Advanced Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM II; English)Berlin€1,499 incl. 16% VAT
🇬🇧 Feb 8-9, 2021Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English)Berlin€1,179 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 🇬🇧 February 16 – March 2, 2021 Distributed Agile Masterclass (English)Live Virtual Class€199 incl. 19% VAT

See all upcoming classes here.

Professional Scrum Training by PST Stefan Wolpers, Berlin  Product People

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.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #258: Agile Bedside Manners, Deep Listening, Agile-Consulting Radar 2020, Agile & UX: Friends or Foes?

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