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.
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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.
Agile & Scrum
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.
Medium): Workshop by Design Canvas: Making Collaboration Work(via
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.
Product & Lean
Mind The Product): 📺 Testing Business Ideas(via
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.
A Lean Approach to Opportunities and Threats:
Itamar Gilad delves into how to avoid missing out on product opportunities.
First Round Capital): 🎙 How Superhuman Built an Engine to Find Product/Market Fit(via
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.
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Now available on the Age-of-Product Youtube channel:
- 🆕 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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