Food for Agile Thought #165: Agile Collaboration, Why Agile Goes Awry, Actionable Metrics, UX & Scrum

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #165—shared with 19,786 peers—focuses on agile collaboration: from new ways of working in the digital era to classic failure patterns at an enterprise level while transforming to an agile organization. We also learn first hand from a skeptical manager introducing ‘agile’ at mBank.

We dive deep into useful agile metrics, discover how to escape the feature factory mindset, and reconfirm our belief that experimentation is crucial to excelling as a team and organization.

Lastly, we embrace a suggestion on how to incorporate UX and Scrum.

Have a great week!

Food for Agile Thought #165: Agile Collaboration, Why Agile Goes Awry, Actionable Metrics, UX & Scrum



🏆 The Essential Read

Tom Loosemore (via Public Digital): Internet-era ways of working

Agile collaboration: Tom Loosemore shares the work principles of Public Digital, a London-based agency.

Agile Collaboration & Scrum

Lindsay McGregor and Neel Doshi (via Harvard Business Review): Why Agile Goes Awry — and How to Fix It

Lindsay McGregor and Neel Doshi claim that ‘Agile’ goes awry because companies fail to balance both tactical and adaptive performance. They also fail at facilitating real collaboration.

Andy Cleff and Daniel S Vacanti: Actionable Agile Metrics with Daniel Vacanti

Daniel Vacanti chats with Colleen Johnson and Andy Cleff about agile metrics, Little’s Law, the one metric that matters most, and the one that doesn’t matter at all.

(via InfoQ): Agile Implementation from a Manager's Perspective

Tomasz Dutkowski shares his experience as a manager who implemented Agile at a data warehouse at mBank.

Survey: How Do You Solve Impediments?

No matter if you are a Scrum Master or an agile coach, sooner or later, you will run into a problem that’s outside of the team’s sphere of control. The question is: How do you solve impediments of this kind? What approach has worked best for you in the past?

Barry Overeem, Christiaan Verwijs and I teamed up to provide some transparency in this matter and share your best techniques and approach with the agile community. All it takes to contribute is five minutes of your time to participate in the anonymous ‘how to solve impediments’ survey. (We expect results to be available in November.)

Survey: How to Solve Impediments outside the Team’s Control — Age of Product

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Product & Lean

Jeff Gothelf (via Medium): Here is how UX Design Integrates with Agile and Scrum

Jeff Gothelf points at his framework that spells out — step by step — how Scrum and UX design integrate.

John Cutler (via Amplitude): Why Experiment?

John Cutler argues that to thrive as a team, it has to learn faster than the competition and also convert that learning into value more quickly than the others.

Alice Newton Rex (via Mind The Product): Escape From the Feature Roadmap to Outcome-driven Development

Alice Newton Rex believes that every team should commit to a particular outcome, rather than to a roadmap of features.

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