Food for Agile Thought #315: Fulfilling Working Experiences, Sustainable Disruption, Toxic Company Culture, Jira: Razor Blades?

TL; DR: Fulfilling Working Experiences, Sustainable Disruption — Food for Agile Thought #315

Welcome to the 315th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 33,364 peers. This week, we will learn how kindness, consideration, and respect can transform any team into a fulfilling working experience. We also look at using our current knowledge to nudge the post-pandemic world into a better place. Finally, for the sake of contrast, we also list six attributes of a dysfunctional corporate culture, from information hoarding to recreational complaining to high top performer turnover.

We then refer to Star Trek’s transporter tech to visualize software creation in an agile context. (Okay, it is about many backlog items turning into a releasable Increment.) Moreover, we delve into successful decision-making, pointing at drivers, constraints, and floats, and we propose a pivot for startups from technical diligence to product diligence before funding rounds and deliver a framework for the task.

Lastly, we analyze the evaporating illusion of long-term planning when you start using OKRs to target outcomes, and we summarize the whole story point thingy. (Maybe, some people will learn this time.)

Food for Agile Thought #315: Fulfilling Working Experiences, Sustainable Disruption, Toxic Company Culture, Jira: Razor Blades? Age-of-Product.com

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🏆 The Tip of the Week

Richard Kasperowski and Woody Zuill: 🎙 Knowing When to Stop a Conversation Is Knowing When to Listen

Richard Kasperowski interviews Woody Zuill, who points at how kindness, consideration, and respect can transform any team into a fulfilling working experience.

➿ Agile & Scrum

David Burkus: Signs Of A Toxic Company Culture

David Burkus lists six attributes of a dysfunctional corporate culture, from information hoarding to recreational complaining to high top performer turnover.

Ron Jeffries: Jira: Razor Blades?

Ron Jeffries considers Jira a tool that is “far easier to use badly than well: Jira is razor blades to babies.”

Alistair Cockburn, Jutta Eckstein and Gabrielle Benefield (via Agile Alliance): Sustainable Disruption, Where We Go From Here

Alistair Cockburn, Jutta Eckstein, and Gabrielle Benefield look at how we can use our current knowledge to nudge the post-pandemic world into a better place.

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Jeff Patton: Keep actual effort and outcome visible – Help your organization focus on successful outcomes

Jeff Patton refers to Star Trek’s transporter tech to visualize software creation in an agile context. Okay, it is about many backlog items turning into a releasable Increment.

John Cutler: The Secret to Initiative Success (D, LC, F, EC)

John Cutler delves into successful decision-making, pointing at drivers, constraints, and floats.

Drew Falkman (via Mind The Product): Product Diligence: The New Technical Diligence

Drew Falkman proposes a pivot for startups from technical diligence to product diligence before funding rounds and delivers a framework for the task.

📯 My Top Ten Worst Scrum Anti-Patterns

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🛠 Tools & Measuring

Jeff Gothelf: Planning work with OKRs

Jeff Gothelf analyzes the evaporating illusion of long-term planning when you start using OKRs to target outcomes.

(via Contino Engineering): You Are Using Story Points Wrong: How to Make Story Points Suck Less

Chris Hart summarizes the whole story point thingy. Maybe, some people will learn this time.

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Read more: Food for Agile Thought #314: Tech Revolutions, Benefits of Negative Feedback, Better Scrum w/ Cards & Games, The Art of Interviewing.

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