Food for Agile Thought #268: Decision Making, Technical Debt Explained, Stages of Innovation, Product Validation in the Field

TL; DR: Decision Making, Technical Debt Explained — Food for Agile Thought #268

Welcome to the 268th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 28,041 peers. This week, we delve into the dirty secrets of decision making; we refresh our memory regarding eight agile estimation practices, and we take appreciation beyond the usual Kudo cards.

We then welcome eleven lessons on how to escape the build trap; we come back Lean’s four phases of a product’s lifecycle, and we learn more about the results of evaluating an app in a real-life context.

Lastly, we embrace another approach to understanding technical debt.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Jock Busuttil: The dirty little secrets of decision making

Jock Busuttil asks: What makes one decision better than another?

Agile & Scrum

Gareth Davies (via Parabol Focus): 8 Agile Estimation Techniques to Try With your Team

Gareth Davies reflects on the actual value of estimation efforts: getting everyone on the same page.

Dave Rupert: Technical debt as a lack of understanding

Dave Rupert on technical debt’s underlying problem of ‘never reorganizing [the code] to reflect your understanding.’ The article includes a brief yet excellent video with Ward Cunningham, who coined the phrase ‘technical debt.’

(via InfoQ): Applying Languages of Appreciation in Agile Teams

Christine Thompson describes five languages of appreciation for team building beyond the usual Kudo cards.

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Product & Lean

(via The Startup): ‘How to Avoid the Build Trap’ By Melissa Perri – 11 Key Learnings

Julia Park summarizes her eleven key takeaway from th ebook, from outcomes to product kata to a culture of safety and learning.

(via Playing Lean): The four stages of innovation

Dora Jelčić refreshes our memories of the four phases of a product's lifecycle, from business modeling to scaling.

(via UX Magazine): Product Validation In A Real-Life Scenario: Intercept Field Study

Bence Mózer shares lessons learned from evaluating an app in a real-life context.

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Well, it always depends on the purpose of a tool’s application. Read more about why Scrum checklists are a handy tool if applied at an operational, hands-on level, reduce your cognitive load, and free up time for more relevant things.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #267: Psychopaths and Narcissists, Get Your Brain Back, Paradoxes of Product Management, Experiment Pitfalls.

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