TL; DR: Bottom of Agile, Velocity Forecasting Spreadsheet—Food for Agile Thought #292
Welcome to the 292nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 31,223 peers. This week, we get to the Bottom of Agile; we point at the benefits of journaling regarding modern leadership competencies, and we delve into the advantages and psychology of slack time. Additionally, we appreciate Troy Magennis’ updated ‘Throughput or Velocity Forecasting Spreadsheet’ for easy Monte Carlo forecasting of agile work.
We then address five PO anti-patterns what you can do about them; we introduce the three-step ‘Not Impossible, Just Too Expensive’ approach to problem-solving, and we point at the danger of merely copying what other companies do without understanding the why behind them.
Lastly, we note that Lean UX principles such as customer centricity or evidence-based decision making do not exist in SAFe. (See also: Survey Results: The Net Promoter Score® of SAFe® as a Scaling Framework is –52.)
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: The Bottom of Agile
Produx Labs): 🎙 Getting to the Bottom of Agile with Jeff Pattonand (via
Melissa Perri interviews Jeff Patton about all the things no one else will tell you about Agile.
➿ Agile & Scrum
InfoQ): How Journaling Puts Leadership in Action(via
Cosima Laube points at the benefits of journaling regarding modern leadership competencies such as awareness, prioritization, mindfulness, and clarity.
(via Farnam Street): Efficiency is the Enemy
Shane Parrish delves into the benefits and psychology of slack time.
SAFe is Not Agile:
Jeff Gothelf notes that Lean UX principles such as customer centricity or evidence-based decision making do not exist in SAFe.
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Five Product Owner Myths Busted:
Roman Pichler addresses five PO anti-patterns what you can do about them, from the assumed tactical focus on the Product Backlog to their responsibility for writing user stories.
Nijute: how to solve impossible problems:
Gojko Adzic shares his three-step ‘Not Impossible, Just Too Expensive’ approach to problem-solving.
Strategyzer): The Principles of Experiment Flow(via
David J Bland points at the danger of merely copying what other companies do without understanding the why behind them.
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Learn more: Four Scrum Master Success Principles.
🛠 Tools & Measuring
The Throughput or Velocity Forecasting Spreadsheet:
Troy Magennis updated his ‘Throughput or Velocity Forecasting Spreadsheet’ for easy Monte Carlo forecasting of agile work.
The Art of the OKR, Redux:
Christina Wodtke shares a draft of the rewrite of her well-known article from 2014.
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