Food for Agile Thought #189: Agile Maturity Models, Liberating Structures & Scrum, Don’t Trust Agile, UX & Scrum

Food for Agile Thought’s issue #189—shared with 21,739 peers—delves into agile maturity models or their uselessness, the original sin of applying Scrum for all the wrong reasons, and whether an organization is supposed to fire incumbent coders when moving to Scrum to ensure success.

Moreover, we analyze product strategy maturity—which is probably contradicting the notion of this week’s essential read—, why we should not bet the farm on ‘Agile' to create successful products, and how to integrate UX with Scrum.

Lastly, we get a better understanding of what becoming agile means when legacy technology is involved.

Did you miss last week’s Food for Agile Thought’s issue #188?

Food for Agile Thought #189: Agile Maturity Models, Liberating Structures & Scrum, Don’t Trust Agile, UX & Scrum

🏆 The Essential Read: Agile Maturity Models

Christiaan Verwijs (via The Liberators): Here’s what's wrong with maturity models

Christiaan Verwijs analyzes why the idea of a path to maturity may be convenient—at least for consultants—but is utterly useless in reality.

Agile Maturity Models & Scrum

Alex Ballarin (via Scrum.org): Contextless Scrum: a principles or rules driven framework?

Alex Ballarin goes back to first principles and identifies the original sin when ‘hiring’ Scrum for the wrong reason.

Grant Gadomski (via Medium): Great Scrum Team Members: Born or Developed?

Grant Gadomski suggests abandoning the carrot-and-stick model to create flourishing Scrum teams.

Dave Nicolette (via Leading Agile): Half Agile Isn't Real Transformation

Dave Nicolette advocates that a transformation needs to guide change instead of merely defining an operational model for the end state.

📯 Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Sprint Retrospective

Liberating Structures Sprint Retrospective: A few weeks ago, I started an event series with my Berlin-based Hands-on Agile Meetup group on how to improve Scrum events utilizing Liberating Structures — a set of easy to learn, yet powerful ways to collaborate as a team. The results have been fantastic so far, and I like to share these outcomes with those who cannot participate in person.

In this first post, learn more on how you can use Liberating Structures strings to improve the level of collaboration and engagement at Sprint Retrospectives.

Liberating Structures for Scrum (1): The Sprint Retrospective — Age-of-Product.com

Learn more: Liberating Structures for Scrum: The Sprint Retrospective.

Product & Lean

(via productboard): Where does your product team fall on the strategy maturity curve?

productboard explores five stages of strategic product maturity, independent of organization size or years in operation.

Anders Toxboe (via UI Patterns): Don’t trust agile alone to build successful products

Anders Toxboe believes that we are all doing high-frequency waterfall and that ‘Agile’ won’t save us.

Anna Kaley (via Nielsen Norman Group): UX Responsibilities in Scrum Ceremonies

Anna Kaley delves into how to align UX with Scrum.

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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #188: Scrum Roots, Alignment & Agile, A/B Testing’s Dark Side, Hero’s Journey.

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