Food for Agile Thought #280: Managing Complexity, Difficult People on Software Projects, Moving from Scrum to Shape Up, Taking Innovation too far

TL; DR: Managing Complexity, Difficult People on Software Projects—Food for Agile Thought #280

Welcome to the 280th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 30,344 peers. This week, we discover almost 50 different personality types you may encounter on software teams while managing complexity; we have a personal view on what success to a Scrum Master means, and we learn about the key takeaways from a development team’s transition from Scrum to Basecamp’s Shape Up.

We then delve into research outlining characteristics of organizations and tasks best suited to Agile. We also talk about chasing innovation, why it needs to be sustainable and the risks of taking it too far, and we embrace a one-hour virtual pre-mortem workshop before our team is heading into a high-stakes project.

Lastly, we download the brand-new free field guide on how to deal with complexity and uncertainty—courtesy of the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Cognitive Edge.

Food for Agile Thought #280: Managing Complexity, Difficult People on Software Projects, Moving from Scrum to Shape Up, Taking Innovation too far — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

(via Cognitive Edge): Announcing the publication of Managing complexity (and chaos) in times of crisis. A partnership between the Cynefin Centre and the EU

Download the brand-new free field guide on how to deal with complexity and uncertainty—courtesy of the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Cognitive Edge.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Neil Green: How to Deal with Difficult People on Software Projects

Neil Green describes almost 50 different personality types you may encounter on software teams.

Wilson Govindji (via Medium): What every Scrum Master should know about success

Wilson Govindji embarks on a journey to define what success as a Scrum Master means to him.

(via Process Street): Shape Up vs Scrum: 6 Months to 6 Weeks – How We Cut Our Dev Cycle 75%

Molly Stovold reports on the key takeaways from a development team’s transition from Scrum to Basecamp’s Shape Up.

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🎯 Product

(via INSEAD Knowledge): Not Everyone Can Be Agile

Based on their research, Yves Doz and Maria Guadalupe outline characteristics of organizations and tasks best suited to Agile.

John Cutler: TBM 7/52: Risk Checklist Activity

John Cutler shares a list of questions he uses to help his team to deal with risk and uncertainty, urging you to create your own list.

Des Traynor (via Intercom): 🎙 Intercom on Product: the siren call of innovation

In this podcast episode, Des Traynor and Paul Adams talk about chasing innovation, why it needs to be sustainable, and the risks of taking it too far.

🛠 Tools & Measuring

Giff Constable: PM Tactic: Running a Remote Pre-Mortem Meeting | giffconstable.com

Giff Constable details how to run a one-hour virtual pre-mortem workshop before your team is heading into a high-stakes project.

Jeff Gothelf: OKR anti-pattern: reverse engineering key results to match your backlog

Jeff Gothelf details a common anti-pattern when utilizing OKRs and how to avoid falling prey to it.

📯 How to Make Agile Work — Six Fallacies and Seven Remedies

For years, I worked in several Berlin-based, fast-growing startups in my capacity as Scrum Master, agile coach, and Product Owner. These are my lessons learned on making ‘agile’ — including Scrum as a framework — work in a fast-growing startup. Also, let me introduce you to the anti-patterns agile startups shall avoid at all costs.

How to Make Agile Work in Fast-Growing Startups — Age-of-Product.com

👉 Learn more: How to Make Agile Work in Fast-Growing Startups.

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🖥 🇬🇧 May 4-7, 2021Advanced Professional Scrum Master Online Training w/ PSM II CertificateLive Virtual Class €1.199 incl. 19% VAT
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