TL; DR: Rethinking Bad Decisions, Metrics Maturity—Food for Agile Thought #286
Welcome to the 286th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 30,802 peers. This week, we figure out how rethinking bad decisions may work; we learn why postponing the decision on who will work on something is beneficial for Scrum teams, and we suggest starting Scrumban with either Kanban or Scrum and then add some flavor from the other practice.
We then learn more about common anti-patterns with product discovery, from ‘there is no demand’ to ‘we don’t have time,’ and we delve into the learnings from the book ‘Working Backwards’ on Amazon’s way of creating products. Also, we suggest a way to figure out whether our team is genuinely evidence-driven.
Lastly, we cherish a board design that elicits questions, for example, to guide qualitative research.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Rethinking Bad Decisions
How to Rethink a Bad Decision:
In this podcast, Adam Grant delves into a psychological trap called ‘escalation of commitment,’ a sort of stubbornness we all know well, and how rethinking bad decisions may work.
➿ Agile & Scrum
Should a Team Assign Work During Sprint Planning?:
Mike Cohn explains why he believes that postponing the decision on who will work on something is beneficial.
(via Agile Alliance): Scrumban Should NOT Just Be a Hybrid of Scrum and Kanban
Donald Haynes suggests starting with either Kanban or Scrum, stick to their principles, and then add some flavor from the other practice.
Asking Better Questions (Part 2):
John Cutler shares a board design he uses to elicit questions, for example, to guide qualitative research.
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Discovery – Excuses:
Marty Cagan continues his series on common anti-patterns with product discovery, from ‘there is no demand’ to ‘we don’t have time.’
Commonplace – The Commoncog Blog): Product Development as Iterated Taste(via
Cedric Chin shares his learning from reading Bryar’s and Carr’s book ‘Working Backwards’ on Amazon’s creation of products.
Stop being the hero:
Linda Zhang suggests quitting the idea of becoming the lone hero of your product team.
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🛠 Tools & Measuring
(via Kanbanize Blog): The Tortoise or the Hare: Focus on Predictability in Agile
Phil Ledgerwood wants you to skip optimizing for speed. Instead, go for predictability if you're going to support an agile transformation.
Mind The Product): The importance of metrics maturity for evidence-driven teams(via
Emily Tate suggests a way to figure out whether your team is genuinely evidence-driven.
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