TL; DR: Agile at Tesla, Roadmap Bankruptcy—Food for Agile Thought #276
Welcome to the 276th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 30,023 peers. This week, we delve into Agile at Tesla; we learn how Retrospectives work in the most unlikely places, and we embrace a new approach of risk-mitigating by utilizing the Product Backlog.
We then analyze what product managers can do to deliver more value with existing processes; we detail three cases that indicate that your product roadmap is not up to the job but in desperate need of a restart, and we point at three common mistakes when calculating customer lifetime value.
Lastly, we explore a simple visualization tool to help teams turn learnings into a better way of working, and we ask: Is SAFe® safe?
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🏆 The Tip of the Week
The Agile Wire): 📺 Agile at Tesla with Joe Justice(via
In this video, Joe Justice provides a rare insight into Tesla’s agile work principles.
➿ Agile & Scrum
Scrum.org): Facilitating Retrospective in the Prison(via
Konstantin Razumovsky describes an extraordinary Retrospective inside a Belorussian prison with fellow demonstrators who peacefully protested the Lukashenko regime's politics.
Creating a Risk-Adjusted Backlog:
Mike Griffiths shares his approach of risk-mitigating by utilizing the Product Backlog.
Is SAFe safe?:
Dave Farley details why he believes that SAFe® is not well-suited to further changes in large organizations as it is misguided.
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How Product Can (and Can’t) Speed Up Development:
Rich Mironov delves into what product managers can do to deliver more value with existing processes. Also, he addresses what product managers shall restrain from doing to wring more code out of the engineers.
(via ProductPlan): Declaring Roadmap Bankruptcy: When should you do it?
Annie Dunham details three cases that indicate that your product roadmap is not up to the job but in desperate need of a restart.
ProdPad): Should Product Managers Say No?(via
Andrea Saez addresses one of the classic questions of a product manager’s life: how to deal with stakeholder demands?
🛠 Tools & Measuring
(via Industrial Logic): The Continuous Improvement Canvas
Willem Larsen shares a simple visualization tool to help teams turn learnings into a better way of working.
The do’s and don'ts of LTV calculation:
Oleg Yakubenkov points at three common mistakes when calculating customer lifetime value and explains how to avoid them.
📯 22 Scrum Master Anti-Patterns from Job Ads: From Funny to What the Heck?
Job ads for Scrum Master positions reveal great insight into an organization’s progress on becoming agile. I analyzed more than 50 job ads for Scrum Master positions to gain these. Learn more about what makes job ads such a treasure trove with the following 22 Scrum Master anti-patterns derived from job ads.
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