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.
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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
IT Revolution Press): Applying an Agile Mindset to Organizational Agility(via
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.
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.
Cognitive Edge): Ralph Stacey 10/9/1942 – 4/9/2021(via
Dave Snowden remembers the late Ralph Stacey.
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Jeff Gothelf talks HiPPOism, referring to the “Jeff-wants-it”-Fire Phone of Amazon.
📺 Using Psychology to Supercharge your Product:
In this video, Joe Leech looks at two frameworks to supercharge product interaction and the overall user experience.
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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🛠 Tools & Measuring
Figuring the Cost per Story Point: Helpful or Hairy?:
Mike Cohn analyzes whether using story points may translate into a feasible cost calculation method.
Nielsen Norman Group): Accounting for User Research in Agile(via
Rachel Krause notes that research efforts need to be represented in Product Backlogs to encourage continuous learning.
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