Food for Agile Thought #302: Agile Lies, 15. State of Agile Survey, Marketing vs. Engineering, Product Operations: From Zero to One

TL; DR: Agile Lies, 15. State of Agile Survey — Food for Agile Thought #302

Welcome to the 302nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 32,531 peers. This week, we lament the state of agile in the industry today, from its perception to agile lies to what people experience in the trenches. Also, we refer to a recent article by Jeff Patton that claims that the Agile Manifesto lacks a value statement, and we reflect on the benefits of creating situations for personal growth where failure will be safe.

We then summarize why the relationship between the marketing and engineering has been tense and filled with frustration for a long time. Moreover, we delve into how to set up ProductOps for the first time, and we provide a detailed guide on how to get going with the mystical minimum viable product.

Lastly, we download the latest version of the ‘State of Agile Survey,’ and we suggest planning and estimating a massive software project, requiring several teams, across several quarters of effort.

Food for Agile Thought #302: Agile Lies, 15. State of Agile Survey, Marketing vs. Engineering, Product Operations: From Zero to One — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Zach Bonaker: Truth, Lies, and Agile

Zach Bonaker laments the state of agile in the industry today, from its perception to what people experience in the trenches.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Ron Jeffries: Successful outcomes over efficient delivery?

Ron Jeffries refers to a recent article by Jeff Patton that claims that the Agile Manifesto lacks a value statement.

Jacob Kaplan-Moss: Make Failure A (Safe) Option

Jacob Kaplan-Moss reflects on the benefits of creating situations for personal growth where failure will be safe.

(via Digital.ai): 📖 State of Agile Survey

Digital.ai — formerly known as VersionOne – published the latest version of the ‘State of Agile Survey.’ It is available as a free download.

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Eric Dodds (via RudderStack): Why It’s Hard for Engineering to Support Marketing

Eric Dodds summarizes why the relationship between the two parties has been tense and filled with frustration for a long time.

Joshua McLaughlin (via Fullscript): Product Operations: From Zero to One

Joshua McLaughlin delves into how to set up ProductOps for the first time.

Paulo Caroli: MVP: how to build the Minimum Viable Product

Paulo Caroli provides a detailed guide on how to get going with the mystical minimum viable product.

📯 When the Management Ignores Self-Management — Making Your Scrum Work #16

One of Scrum’s first principles is self-management. It is based on the idea that the people closest to a problem are best suited to find a solution.

Therefore, the task of the management is not to tell people what to do when and how. Instead, its job is to provide the guardrails, the constraints within which a Scrum team identifies the best possible solution. Join me and explore the consequences of management ignoring self-management and what you can do about it.

Ignoring Self-Management — Making Your Scrum Work #16 — Age-of-Product.com

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Tom Russell: Planning & estimating large-scale software projects

Tom Russell suggests planning and estimating a massive software project, requiring several teams, across several quarters of effort.

Allan Kelly (via Agile Uprising): 🎙 Succeeding with OKRs in Agile

In this pod, Allan Kelly explains how to work with OKRs in an agile environment.

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