TL; DR: Say Agile One More Time, Scrum Master Salary Report 2022 — Food for Agile Thought #309
Welcome to the 309th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,012 peers. This week, we enjoy agile in memes — ‘Say Agile One More Time;’ we learn about a remarkable transformation of an industrial behemoth, and we share a beginner list of decision-making patterns, from consensus to rock, paper, and scissors.
We then reflect on the unfortunate ‘practice’ of putting carts before horses when product managers talk to the C-level, and we share six tips on how product folks can annoy their engineering teammates with outstanding efficacy. Also, we point at a critical part of the product creation process that bears many risks: Adding product features is fun and addictive. Now, what if no one uses them?
Lastly, we suggest a practice to test the health of your product creation process, and we shed some light on how long it took startups at Altar.io to build minimum viable products across several industries.
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(via Agile Uprising): Agile in the Memes
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➿ Agile & Scrum
InfoQ): 🎙 Agile Retrospectives Making Good Teams Even Better, and (via
In this podcast, Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, and David Horowitz share their ideas on the upcoming new version of a classic textbook: ‘Agile Retrospectives.’
Corporate Rebels): Reinventing Bosch: A Radically New Way Of Working(via
Pim de Morree interviewed Jochen Goeser, Project Leader of Bosch’s ‘Agile Transformation’ project, sharing a remarkable success story.
Decision Making Patterns for Teams:
Andy Cleff shares a beginner list of decision-making patterns, from consensus to rock, paper, and scissors.
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Selling Problems (and Then Solutions) Instead of Philosophy:
Rich Mironov reflects on the unfortunate ‘practice’ of putting carts before horses when product managers talk to the C-level.
ProdPad): Don't waste your new Product Feature – Tips for a Successful Launch(via
Janna Bastow points at a critical part of the product creation process that bears many risks: Adding product features is fun and addictive. What if no one uses them?
Aha! Blog): The 6 Worst Things Product Managers Say to Engineers(via
Brian de Haaff shares six tips on how product folks can annoy their engineering teammates with outstanding efficacy.
First Round Capital): Advice for the Pre-Product/Market Fit Days — This Founder’s Playbook for Pivoting with Purpose(via
In this interview, Tara Viswanathan addresses the most critical areas for startup founders in the early days: a) finding product/market fit and b) assembling the early team.
📯 Do We Need Agile Coaches when Practicing Scrum?
Do We Need Agile Coaches when Practicing Scrum? Don’t get me wrong; my LinkedIn profile states “Professional Scrum Trainer, Agile Coach, and Scrum Master,” as ‘agile coach’ is an important search term. (Many seem to confuse agile coach with Scrum Master or believe both terms can be used interchangeably. However, that should not be a reason to reduce your chances of meeting a new employer or client.)
I like to point at a scheme, though, that I have encountered several times in the past, particularly in organizations, where the people folks still believe in orchestrated career paths: The Scrum Master is a role at the team level, while the agile coach is dealing with organizational issues.
I do believe that this construct is flawed: When practicing Scrum correctly, Scrum Masters are all you ever need.
Learn more: Do We Need Agile Coaches when Practicing Scrum?.
🛠 Tools & Measuring
Altar.io): How Long Does It Take to Build an MVP?(via
Paolo Dotta shares statistical data on how long it took startups at Altar.io to build minimum viable products across several industries.
(via Terem Technologies): Product Development Health Check Playbook
Angus McDonald and Kayla Li suggest a practice to test the health of your product creation process.
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