Food for Agile Thought #303: The Failed Agile Rebellion, Prioritizing Hypotheses for Testing, Start Transformations with Finance, Estimating Complexity

TL; DR: Failed Agile Rebellion, Prioritizing Hypotheses — Food for Agile Thought #303

Welcome to the 303rd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 32,688 peers. This week, we delve into the failed agile rebellion. Moreover, we aggregate a list of 26 patterns for creating new software successfully, and we point at the root cause of transformation-related cultural problems. Also, we share new ideas on how to ‘bring about cultural shifts and mindset changes’ so you can abandon the idea to simply replicate the approach from a case study in your organization.

We then dive into determining which hypotheses you should test, build, or discard; we detail how to replicate a legacy system’s functionality on a new technology stack, and we point to a playbook that focuses on the essential elements for running a Product Discovery, a good primer for teams starting in this field.

Lastly, we get into estimation, estimates, crazy deadlines, and how not to lose your head when a lot is at stake.

Food for Agile Thought #303: The Failed Agile Rebellion, Prioritizing Hypotheses for Testing, Start Transformations with Finance, Estimating Complexity — Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: The Failed Agile Rebellion

Al Tenhundfeld (via Simple Thread): Agile at 20: The Failed Rebellion

Al Tenhundfeld reflects on two facts 20 years after the Agile Manifesto: “Everybody says they do Agile and yet almost nobody is Agile.”

➿ Agile & Scrum

Allen Holub: Heuristics for Effective Software Development: A continuously evolving list.

Allen Holub aggregated a list of 26 patterns for creating new software successfully.

Ian Miell: If You Want To Transform IT, Start With Finance

Ian Miell points at the root cause of transformation-related cultural problems. You may have guessed: It is about following the money.

Petra Wille: Why There’s No Such Thing as Perfect (Agile) Transformation

Petra Will shares new ideas on how to ‘bring about cultural shifts and mindset changes so you can abandon the idea to simply replicate the tools from a case study in your organization.

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Jeff Gothelf: 📺 How to prioritize hypotheses for testing

In this video, Jeff Gothelf delves into determining which hypotheses you should test, build, or discard.

Ian Cartwright, Rob Horn, James Lewis: Feature Parity: Replicate existing functionality of a legacy system using a new technology stack

Ian Cartwright, Rob Horn, and James Lewis detail how to replicate a legacy system’s functionality on a new technology stack.

Scott Middleton (via Terem Technologies): Product Discovery Playbook

Scott Middleton’s playbook focuses on the essential elements for running a Product Discovery, a good primer for teams starting in this field.

📯 Abandoning Scrum: Can a Scrum Team Decide to Quit Scrum?

Can a Scrum team simply decide to abandon Scrum? After all, the Scrum team is self-managing, according to the Scrum manual, also known as the Scrum Guide. So, let’s explore this question at the very heart of team autonomy.

Abandoning Scrum: Can a Scrum Team Decide to Quit Scrum? Age-of-Product.com

Learn more: Abandoning Scrum: Can a Scrum Team Decide to Quit Scrum?

🛠 Tools & Measuring

(via Better Programming): 11 Laws of Software Estimation for Complex Work

Maarten Dalmijn delves into estimation, estimates, crazy deadlines, and how not to lose your head when a lot is at stake.

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