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Food for Agile Thought #309: Say Agile One More Time, Scrum Master Salary Report 2022, Don’t Waste Your New Feature, How to Annoy Your Engineers

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.

Did you miss the previous Food for Agile Thought’s issue #308?

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

(via Agile Uprising): Agile in the Memes

And now for something completely different: Samuel L. Jackson goes Agile.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Esther Derby, Diana Larsen and David Horowitz (via InfoQ): 🎙 Agile Retrospectives Making Good Teams Even Better

In this podcast, Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, and David Horowitz share their ideas on the upcoming new version of a classic textbook: ‘Agile Retrospectives.’

Pim de Morree (via Corporate Rebels): Reinventing Bosch: A Radically New Way Of Working

Pim de Morree interviewed Jochen Goeser, Project Leader of Bosch’s ‘Agile Transformation’ project, sharing a remarkable success story.

Andy Cleff: 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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🎯 Product

Rich Mironov: 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.

Janna Bastow (via ProdPad): Don't waste your new Product Feature - Tips for a Successful Launch

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?

Brian de Haaff (via Aha! Blog): The 6 Worst Things Product Managers Say to Engineers

Brian de Haaff shares six tips on how product folks can annoy their engineering teammates with outstanding efficacy.

Tara Viswanathan (via First Round Capital): Advice for the Pre-Product/Market Fit Days — This Founder’s Playbook for Pivoting with Purpose

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

Paolo Dotta (via Altar.io): How Long Does It Take to Build an MVP?

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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🖥 💯 🇬🇧 November 30, 2021 GUARANTEED: Hands-on Agile #37: Agile Metrics Survey 2021—Alexander Bergmann & Stefan Wolpers (English) Live Virtual Meetup FREE
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Stefan Wolpers: Stefan—based in Berlin, Germany—has been working for 14-plus years as an agile coach, Scrum Master, and Product Owner. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org. He has developed B2C as well as B2B software, for startups as well as corporations, including a former Google subsidiary. Stefan curates the ‘Food for Agile Thought’ newsletter and organizes the Agile Camp Berlin, a Barcamp for coaches and other agile practitioners.
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