Food for Agile Thought #275: Bureaucratic Blunderland, Saying No to Stakeholders, Product Manager Salary 2021, Measuring Technical Debt

TL; DR: Bureaucratic Blunderland, Saying No—Food for Agile Thought #275

Welcome to the 275th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 29,852 peers. This week, we delve into the sheer variety of folly at play in any bureaucratic blunderland; we analyze different kinds of technical debt and how to best measure it, and we embrace a simple process to apply swarming as a team practice to solve critical challenges.

We then learn five practical tips to say no without offending senior or assertive stakeholders, and we enter a quest for magic metrics by ‘counting things that happened that you care about.’ We also check general product manager salary data based on January 2021.

Lastly, we examine a formula and a process that may allow us to figure out why things are less agile than hoped.

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Charles Lambdin: Bureaucratic Blunderland

Charles Lambdin delves into the sheer variety of folly at play in any bureaucratic ‘wonderland of blunders.’

➿ Agile & Scrum History

Gojko Adzic: The Play, the points, and the biggest lie in software

Gojko Adzic reflects on how to start moving away from reporting on effort metrics by changing the language.

David Burkus and Todd Henry: 📺 How To Find Your Team's Motivation with Todd Henry

David Burkus chats with Todd Henry about motivating your team by learning what drives each individual’s motivation.

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🎯 Product

Roman Pichler: 5 Tips for Saying No to Stakeholders

Roman Pichler offers five practical tips to say no in the right way—without offending senior or assertive stakeholders.

John Cutler: Start by Counting Things

John Cutler dives into the quest for magic metrics by ‘counting things that happened that you care about.’

(via 280 Group): Product Manager Salary [2021 Data]

In this article, the 280 Group details general Product Manager salary data based on salary information in January 2021.

🛠 Tools & Measuring

Andre Schweighofer: How to measure technical debt

Andre Schweighofer analyzes different kinds of technical debt and how to best measure it.

Tim Ottinger (via Industrial Logic): Swarm Programming with the Swarm Board

Tim Ottinger describes a simple process to apply swarming as a team practice to solve critical challenges successfully.

Brad Dunn (via Product Coalition): RAGE. A simple way for product managers to answer the question ‘Why does everything take so long?’

Brad Dunn created a formula and a process that may allow us to figure out why things are less agile than hoped.

📯 Scrum Commitments: Tying Loose Ends and Shoehorning the Definition of Done

As 2020 comes to an end, you are probably considering how to further your career as a Scrum Master or Product Owner in 2021.

While the new Scrum Guide is less prescriptive and more inclusive, it also ties loose ends by including elements better, namely the previously free-floating Sprint Goal and the Definition of Done with the creation of Scrum commitments. This inclusion works remarkably well in the former’s case; regarding the latter, we need a shoehorn, though.

Read more on how you can use the Scrum Guide 2020 Reordered to spot patterns quickly.

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🖥 🇬🇧 April 27-30, 2021Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; English; Live Virtual Class)Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 🇬🇧 May 4-7, 2021Advanced Professional Scrum Master Online Training w/ PSM II CertificateLive Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 19% VAT
🖥 🇩🇪 May 11-12, 2021Professional Scrum Master Training (PSM I; German; Live Virtual Class)Live Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 19% VAT

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