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
The dirty little secrets of decision making:
Jock Busuttil asks: What makes one decision better than another?
Agile & Scrum
Parabol Focus): 8 Agile Estimation Techniques to Try With your Team(via
Gareth Davies reflects on the actual value of estimation efforts: getting everyone on the same page.
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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