Food for Agile Thought #312: The Micromanager, Ralph Stacey (1942-2021), Jeff’s HiPPOism, Cost per Story Point?

TL; DR: The Micromanager, Jeff’s HiPPOism — Food for Agile Thought #312

Welcome to the 312th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,158 peers. This week, we deep dive into the main culprit of many failed agile transformations: The micromanager. We also learn about the most underappreciated Scrum event, and we remember the late Ralph Stacey.

We then talk HiPPOism, referring to the “Jeff-wants-it”-Fire Phone of Amazon; we look at two frameworks to improve product interaction and the overall user experience, and we address a tricky and risky topic: Transferring a legacy product onto a new tech stack.

Lastly, we ask: Can we use story points for cost calculation? Also, we note that research efforts need to be represented in Product Backlogs to encourage continuous learning.

Food for Agile Thought #312: The Micromanager, Ralph Stacey (1942-2021), Jeff’s HiPPOism, Cost per Story Point? — Age-of-Product.com

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(via Get Lighthouse): Are You a Micromanager? Avoid these Signs and Learn How to Stop Micromanaging

Lighthouse presents a deep dive into the main culprit of many failed agile transformations.

➿ Agile & Scrum

Jonathan Smart (via IT Revolution Press): Applying an Agile Mindset to Organizational Agility

Jonathan Smart points at the risk of imposing a uniform approach across an organization. Instead, he suggests trying the VOICE framework when transitioning to business agility.

Mark Levison: Scrum by Example: How Sprint Planning Mistakes Can Derail a Team

Mark Levison delves into the most underappreciated Scrum event, which leads to a whole spectrum of issues in the process.

Dave Snowden (via Cognitive Edge): Ralph Stacey 10/9/1942 – 4/9/2021

Dave Snowden remembers the late Ralph Stacey.

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Jeff Gothelf: The Highest Paid Person's Opinion

Jeff Gothelf talks HiPPOism, referring to the “Jeff-wants-it”-Fire Phone of Amazon.

Joe Leech: 📺 Using Psychology to Supercharge your Product

In this video, Joe Leech looks at two frameworks to supercharge product interaction and the overall user experience.

Jock Busuttil: Replatforming the cash cow

Jock Busuttil addresses a tricky and risky topic: Transferring a legacy product onto a new tech stack.

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Mike Cohn: Figuring the Cost per Story Point: Helpful or Hairy?

Mike Cohn analyzes whether using story points may translate into a feasible cost calculation method.

Rachel Krause (via Nielsen Norman Group): Accounting for User Research in Agile

Rachel Krause notes that research efforts need to be represented in Product Backlogs to encourage continuous learning.

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