TL; DR: #NoCoaching — Food for Agile Thought #329
Welcome to the 329th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 34,503 peers. This week, we address #NoCoaching, pointing at situations and probable consequences when your work as a coach is rejected. We also elaborate on the benefits of having a capable Scrum Master at your side and what you can do as a product mensch if there is none, and we point out critical knowledge to become agile: maximizing the amount of work not done is essential.
We then provide a pragmatic, hands-on approach to deciding which ideas are worth further attention, and we delve into the effects of rushing to work before clarifying your team’s vision and mission. Moreover, we share Tendayi Viki’s take on how to move from being a corporate pirate—restrained by red tape—to a valued explorer, appreciated by the organization.
Lastly, we point at numbers for healthy (vs. deathly) churn for B2C and B2B companies serving various markets. Also, we explain why the habit of under-promising and over-delivering regarding OKRs is an anti-pattern, not a qualification, and we share an epic guide on how to ace remote work and why improving your writing skills is essential.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: #NoCoaching
Coaching teams that do not want to be coached:
Viktor Cessan introduces situations and probable consequences when your work as a coach is rejected.
➿ Agile & Scrum
Why Product Owners Need Effective Scrum Masters:
Roman Pichler elaborates on the benefits of having a capable Scrum Master at your side and what you can do as a product mensch if there is none.
Simple Thread): Agile Principles: Simplicity is 1,000 Nos for Every Yes(via
Al Tenhundfeld points out a critical knowledge to become agile: maximizing the amount of work not done is essential.
Helpful Questions to Nudge Teams Toward Good Decisions:
Mike Cohn shares his top five questions to help a team make good decisions, starting with ‘What Would Happen if We Did Not Do This?’
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Opportunity Assessment: Do We Want to Invest in Discovering This Idea?:
Petra Wille provides a pragmatic, hands-on approach to deciding which ideas are worth further attention.
Inputs First. Bets Next:
John Cutler delves into the effects of rushing to work before clarifying your team’s vision and mission.
Medium): Can Innovation Thrive Under The Radar In Your Company?(via
Tendayi Viki shares his take on how to move from being a corporate pirate—restrained by red tape—to a valued explorer, appreciated by the organization.
📈 SAFe ®’s NPS ® Score as a Scaling Framework Is -56 According to 505 Survey Participants
SAFe® has always been a controversial topic within the agile community. Therefore, back in 2017, I ran a first survey on the Net Promoter Score® of the Scaled Agile Framework SAFe®. The result back then was -52. Four and a half years later, I reran the poll: SAFe® has been through several iterations, and many more agile practitioners have experienced working with it. However, the question still is: Would you recommend SAFe ®?
Executive Summary: SAFe®’s NPS® score based on the 2022 sample equals -56. (For details, see the data below.)
🛠 Tools & Measuring
What Is Good Monthly Churn:
Lenny Rachitsky points at numbers for healthy (vs. deathly) churn for B2C and B2B companies serving various markets.
OKR Anti-pattern: Sandbagging your key results:
Jeff Gothelf explains why the habit of under-promising and over-delivering regarding OKRs is an anti-pattern, not a qualification.
✂️ Cutting Room Floor
Get Lighthouse): How to Work Remotely Like a Pro: Advice from a Veteran(via
Dominic Monn provides an epic guide on how to ace remote work and why improving your writing skills is essential.
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