TL; DR: Agile’s Intangibles, Productive Uncertainty — Food for Agile Thought #270
Welcome to the 270th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 28,431 peers. This week, we cover Agile’s intangibles; we delve into innovation, risk mitigation, and creating value, and we analyze prerequisites of successful agile transformations at an organizational level.
We then learn about a developer’s perspective on what it takes to build a successful product development team. Also, we explore a handy tool for ordering Product Backlogs beyond the usual suspects like Cost of Delay, Kano model, or RICE, and we ask: “What else about product [management] is as ‘simple as it sounds’ but needs to be learned? Why do we fall into these traps?”
📺 Lastly, the recording of the 28th Hands-on Agile meetup on the Scrum Guide 2020’s eight remarkable changes is available.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
Jerry Neumann delves into innovation, risk mitigation, creating value, and how uncertainty from novelty or systemic complexity may help along the way. Although the article is rather startup-focused, the author describes an exciting strategy to defend the original innovation once the uncertainty is mitigated, represented by four questions. This approach could be an opportunity to apply Liberating Structures’ Critical Uncertainties.
Agile & Scrum
Illuminating the Intangibles of Agile:
Mike Griffiths elaborates on the two most important reasons for a failed agile transformation at an organizational level. Unfortunately, we know them both as we encounter them regularly.
Kanban Zone): Mental Agility and Business Agility: Everything You Need to Know To Create a Resilient Organization(via
Erich Bühler analyzes prerequisites of successful agile transformations at an organizational level.
Conway’s Law: Critical for Efficient Team Design in Tech, and :
In an excerpt from their book ‘Team Topologies,’ Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais share their view on how to mitigate the effects of Conway’s law by designing organizations to maximize for fast flow.
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This guaranteed Professional Scrum Master training is an official Scrum.org class that leads to and includes the industry-recognized PSM I certification. The training is designed as a live virtual class of 4 hours per day and will be offered in German.
Learn more: 📅 🖥 💯 🇩🇪 Professional Scrum Master Training PSM I — Online: December 15-18, 2020.
Product & Lean
(via Mind The Product): 📺 Building Successful Product Development Teams
Simon Colmer shares a developer’s perspective on what it takes to build a successful product development team.
Product Coalition): WSJF — Weighted Shortest Job First Prioritization Framework(via
J.A. Becker describes a handy tool for ordering Product Backlogs beyond the usual suspects like Cost of Delay, Kano model, or RICE.
Thinking Like a Designer/Product Manager:
John Cutler uses the idea of maturity models to ask, ‘What else about product [management] is as ‘simple as it sounds’ but needs to be learned? Why do we fall into these traps?’
📯 70 Scrum Master Theses
The following 70 Scrum Master theses describe the role of a holistic product creation perspective.
The theses cover the accountabilities of the Scrum Master from product discovery to product delivery in a hands-on practical manner. On the one side, they address typical Scrum events such as Sprint Planning, Sprint Review, and the Sprint Retrospective. On the other hand, the Scrum Master theses also cover, for example, the relationship with the Product Owner, they deal with agile metrics, and how to kick-off an agile transition, thus moving beyond the original framework of the Scrum Guide.
Learn more: 70 Scrum Master Theses
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- 🆕 Scrum Guide 2020: Eight Remarkable Changes — Hands-on Agile #28.
- Remote Agile (1) Replay: Practices and Tools for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Product Owners.
- Scrum Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns.
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