Food for Agile Thought #292: The Bottom of Agile, Efficiency is the Enemy, Nijute to Solve Impossible Problems, The Velocity Forecasting Spreadsheet

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.)

Food for Agile Thought #292: The Bottom of Agile, Efficiency is the Enemy, Nijute to Solve Impossible Problems, The Velocity Forecasting Spreadsheet — Age-of-Product.com

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➿ Agile & Scrum

Cosima Laube (via InfoQ): How Journaling Puts Leadership in Action

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.

Jeff Gothelf: 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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🎯 Product

Roman Pichler: 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.

Gojko Adzic: Nijute: how to solve impossible problems

Gojko Adzic shares his three-step ‘Not Impossible, Just Too Expensive’ approach to problem-solving.

David J Bland (via Strategyzer): The Principles of Experiment Flow

David J Bland points at the danger of merely copying what other companies do without understanding the why behind them.

📯 Four Scrum Master Success Principles

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Four Scrum Master Success Principles — Age-of-Product.com

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Troy Magennis: The Throughput or Velocity Forecasting Spreadsheet

Troy Magennis updated his ‘Throughput or Velocity Forecasting Spreadsheet’ for easy Monte Carlo forecasting of agile work.

Christina Wodtke: 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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